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Submissions Call for The Caribbean Writer – Volume 31

Theme: New Vistas: An Evolving Caribbean

The Caribbean and its diaspora cannot escape the changes taking place globally. This is of concern to those holding fast to the notion of a Caribbean cultural identity. Since the Caribbean is a hybrid culture, there are questions being raised about the extent to which hybridization is still occurring. And what are the ways our societies are expected to change. One might say there is a kind of high tech global colonialization occurring that the Caribbean is irrevocably tied into. This phenomenon is fertile ground for Caribbean writers and thinkers because it is so radically affecting the world we know.

In addition, we are plagued by the issues surrounding illegal drugs and while Caribbean society has been largely homophobic, we have also been forced to reckon with that homophobia so that the concept of gender and even family has a new edge. The religious turmoil around the world is an issue that our churches cannot ignore. Ethnicity issues of colorization and race, in the mix with class distinctions, still percolate among the people. Perhaps this will become even more so as the various races and ethnic groups interact and blend or decide not to. We cannot forget that even though we are in the Caribbean, we are under one world sky and so the state of the environment is an added concern. The powerful force of American politics is an insistent drum beat that Caribbean people dance to. As we look to new vistas, the idea of Caribbean unity glimmers some place in the distance. The Caribbean Writer is seeking works that explore the many variations of the theme--- New Vistas: An Evolving Caribbean.

In Volume 31, we hope to highlight and document this phenomenon in its broadest sense. We also invite works that provide a critical and historical overview of the resilience and power of the Caribbean experience.

Submission Guidelines

The Caribbean Writer is an international literary refereed journal with a Caribbean focus. The Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective.

Individuals are encouraged to submit poems (5 maximum), short stories and personal essays on general topics and also on the theme. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. (If self-published, give details.) Include brief biographical information and list all contact information plus title of manuscript on a separate page. Only the title should appear on the manuscript.

All submissions are eligible for these prizes: The Virgin Islands Daily News Prize for a fiction or nonfiction essay to an author residing in the U.S. or British Virgin Islands ($500); The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for best short fiction ($400); The David Hough Literary Prize to a Caribbean author ($500); The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize to an emerging Caribbean author ($500); The Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize to a Caribbean author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean ($500); and The Charlotte & Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication in The Caribbean Writer ($250).

Email submissions to submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org as attached Word or RTF files. Submissions may also be mailed to: The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill St. Croix, VI 00850-9781. Include SASE for response. Submission deadline is December 31, 2016.

The Caribbean Writer is also soliciting colorful, eye-catching, Caribbean artwork for the cover of that issue as well.

Artists who want their artwork to be considered for use should submit electronic files in vertical format as TIF or JPEG files with a resolution of 300 dpi or greater.

Black and white art (line drawings, sketches, block prints, etc.) is also needed for use inside the 300-page publication. Vertical format is also preferred for these submissions, in TIF or JPEG format with resolution of 300 dpi or greater.

Please include all necessary contact information and a brief biographical note with art submissions and email to submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org.The deadline for artwork submission is December 31, 2016.

For more information please email info@thecaribbeanwriter.org.

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