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VOLUME 31—2017

We Are Now Accepting Submissions for Volume 31, to be published in 2017.

Deadline: December 31, 2016


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

Submit poems (5 maximum), short stories, personal essays, and one-act plays. Maximum length (for short stories and personal creative essays) is 3,500 words or 10 pages. Only previously unpublished work will be accepted. (If previously self-published, give details.)

It is the author’s obligation and responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright and/or other use restrictions prior to submitting materials to TCW for publication.  Citations, permissions, and captions are required upon submission for all images, including those derived from the internet.

Follow This Procedure for Submissions

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. The maximum length for biographical info is 50 words.

Book Reviews

Educators/scholars who are interested in reviewing books for The Caribbean Writer should contact the editor, indicating their areas of expertise. Submit sample review and/or an essay. Book reviews and personal essays may be edited for clarity and grammatical accuracy, and will be copy-edited according to the journal’s style.

Document Formatting

Times font, 12-point, double-spaced, and 1 inch margins on all sides, free of typographical and grammatical errors. Documentation format should include internal citation, endnotes, and full Works Cited in accordance with the latest edition of the Modern Language Association style.  Titles should be no more than four spaces down from the top of the page and centered (avoid fancy fonts, bold letters, or underlining). Submissions must be in Microsoft Word or a similar format and should not exceed 3,500 words or 10 pages. Do not send PDF files. Additionally, the  submission must not have been previously published nor can it be before another journal for consideration simultaneously.

Review timeline: Submissions are typically reviewed and selections made within two to three months of  submission. If editing of the submission is required, the contributor will have  a 7-day turn around.

Submit your work via the “Online Submission” page at

 All submissions are eligible for the following 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 Charlotte & Isadore Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication in The Caribbean Writer ($250)
  • The Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize for a work that best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean ($500)
  • The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize to an emerging author ($500)

Back Issues

Individual copies:

Volumes 15 to 26: $10.00
Volume 27: $15.00
Volume 28: $15.00

Volume 30:

Individual subscriptions : $25.99
Institutional subscriptions : $50.00
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