About CODE's Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

A literary award like no other!

Burt Award for Caribbean LiteratureEstablished by CODE with the generous support of Canadian philanthropist William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, in partnership with the Bocas Lit Fest and CaribLit, the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is part of a unique global readership initiative aiming to provide youth with access to books they will enjoy and want to read.

The Award is given annually to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors.

A First Prize of $10,000 CAD, a Second Prize of $7,000 CAD and a Third Prize of $5,000 CAD will be awarded each year to the winning authors. The Caribbean publishers of each winning title will also receive a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,000 copies, ensuring that the books get into the hands of young people through schools, libraries and community organizations across the Caribbean. Winning publishers also commit to actively market an additional minimum of 1,500 copies of each winning title throughout the region.

The 2016 call for submissions deadline has now passed (Oct 31, 2016).

Books published between November 1, 2015 and October 31, 2016 and eligible manuscripts must be received at the office of the Bocas Lit Fest by October 31, 2016.

Download the Award guidelines and entry form

For further details, contact:

Bocas Lit Fest
Email: burtaward@bocaslitfest.com
Phone: (868) 222-7099
Web: bocaslitfest.com

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BURT AWARD NEWS

Finalists for CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature AnnouncedMar 22, 2017Three finalists were selected from among submissions of both published books and unpublished manuscripts. Winning titles to be published and distributed to hundreds of schools, libraries, and community organizations across the Caribbean. ...read full article...
Burt Award Winning Writer Augie Merasty Passes Away at 87Feb 28, 2017CODE is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph (Augie) Merasty, co-author of The Education of Augie Merasty – A Residential School Memoir – recipient of last year’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature. ...read full article...