The Caribbean Writer

Accepting Submissions for Volume 35


Diasporic Rhythms: Interrogating the Past Imagining a Future


The Caribbean Writer (TCW) announces a call for submissions for Volume 35 under the 2020 theme: Diasporic Rhythms: Interrogating the Past, Imagining a Future.”  Submissions that explore the ideas resonating within the region and its diaspora are desired.   The Caribbean Writer invites submissions that explore this theme in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays or one act plays.”


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

Submission Guidelines


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 Only previously unpublished work will be considered. The term “previously published” covers print and electronic publication —including on social media platforms, and self-published items. 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. Submission deadline is December 31, 2020.


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Literary Prizes

All submissions are eligible for the following prizes:

  • The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize of $400 awarded to a writer for best short fiction. Donated by the St. Croix Avis Newspaper
  • The Daily News Prize of $500 awarded  for fiction or  a non fiction essay to a resident of the US Virgin Islands or the British Virgin Islands.
  • The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize of $500 awarded to a new or emerging writer. Donated by Marvin’s widow, Dasil Williams, in honor of her late husband who served as the editor of The Caribbean Writer from 2003 – 2008.
  • The Cecile deJongh Literary Prize of $500 awarded to a Caribbean author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean. Donated by former Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. in honor of Cecile de Jongh’s abiding commitment to literacy in the territory.
  • The Vincent Cooper Literary Prize of $300 awarded to a Caribbean author for exemplary writing in Caribbean Nation Language (Kamau Brathwaite). Donated by Professor Vincent Cooper, PhD.
  • The Boyce Literary Prize of $500 to a Caribbean author whose work best expresses the changing social dynamics of regional life. Donated by Michael and Vicky Boyce of Boyce Plumbing Contractors.

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Submit Word files using the form below after registering/logging in or email to For more information, get in touch with The Caribbean Writer at (340) 692-4152/4122 or at TCW, University of the Virgin Islands, RR1, Box 10,000, Kingshill St. Croix, VI 00850-9781. Submission deadline is December 31, 2020.

Comments (14)

  • Manna Reji

    Previous articles are nice

  • Cyril Dabydeen

    Excellent–so well written!

  • Liesbeth Tjon A Meeuw

    When exactly is the deadline for short stories & personal essays? Is that also on the last day of the year?

    • TCW

      The deadline for all submissions is Dec 31 every year. The window is open from January 1. The accepted work is then published the following year. We are now accepting submissions for vol 34…2020. Vol 33 will be published by end of 3rd quarter (September 2019).
      Hope this helps.

      • Thank you for your quick respond and yes this helps a lot. One more question, how many writings is one person allowed to submit in a year? Is there a maximum?

        Greetings, Liesbeth

        • TCW

          No more than 5 entries. The submissions may derive from a single or various genres.

  • Sara

    When will the new issue (33) be available for purchase?

    • TCW

      Thanks for your inquiry! September 2019. We’ll post the link for orders as soon as it is published.

  • Fabrice

    Do TCW are accepting only text in English?

    Can I sent a text in other languages such as french or spanish ?

    • Tcw

      Thanks for your query. No, we do not accept text in any other language. We will accept translated text, however , which should include the name and credentials of the translator and information of the text’s genesis .

  • Natalie

    When will the prize winners from Volume 33 be announced?

    • TCW

      In the new year (2020), Natalie.
      Thanks for the enquiry.

  • The Caribbean Writer

    In answer to the telephone queries: “When does volume 34 come out?” …
    Expect it in April 2020. We know! We too brim with anticipation every year until the latest edition is in hand. But we must wait for the submission window to close on December 31 (of each year). So, those of you who were notified earlier in the year that your submission has been accepted, hold on!! It’s coming.

    All good wishes.

  • Curtis Myrie

    How do you post your entries – still not finding that information. Is there a particular email address to submit your entries? Not seeing the entry form…..


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