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Accepting Submissions for Volume 36

 

Disruption, Disguise and Illuminations

 

The Caribbean Writer (TCW) has issued a call for submissions for Volume 36 under the 2021 theme: Disruption, Disguise and Illuminations. As history meets our day to day experiences, epiphanies unfold; and as we self-interrogate the disruption motifs in many of these illuminations, the roots of prevailing disruptions emerge, complicated by disguise. Submissions exploring this theme in its widest permutations are invited.

 

Contributors may submit works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays or one act plays which explore the ideas resonating within the region and its diaspora. The Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. Prospective authors should submit all creative works: drama, fiction and poetry manuscripts, through the online portal ONLY at www.thecaribbeanwriter.org/online-submission. Submit Word files only (no PDFs) . Note that TCW no longer accepts hardcopy submissions.

Submission Guidelines

 

Individuals may submit poems (3 maximum), short stories and personal essays on general topics as well as on the theme. The maximum length (for short stories and personal essays) is 3500 words. Only previously unpublished work will be considered.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. The Caribbean Writer does not accept simultaneous submissions (items being considered for publication elsewhere). The prospective author should provide contact information including mailing address, phone number, any professional affiliations, brief biographical information (no more than 100 words and such as appears under the “Contributors” section of the journal). In the event that the author’s contact information changes, all updates should be made by the author by logging into the online account.

 

Before submitting, submitter should carefully edit and proofread the manuscript, adhering to publication-ready details, as well as standards of proofreading such as spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting and consistent language, along with the elimination of typographical errors, and with focus on the overall quality of the work.

 

The Caribbean Writer is a refereed journal. There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal. All submissions undergo an initial blind review by the editor. Creative works, such as fiction, poetry and drama, after editorial review, are advanced by the editor to the double-blind peer review process. In this process, both the reviewers’ and authors’ identities are concealed from the reviewers and vice versa throughout the review process.

 

Artists interested in having their artwork considered for use by TCW should submit electronic files in vertical format as PNG or JPEG files with a resolution of 300 dpi or greater. The journal also accepts black and white art (line drawings, sketches, block prints, etc.). The journal does not accept graphic poetry or narratives.

 

Submission Window

 

Submissions are accepted from January 10 to December 31 each year and are considered for the journal that will be published the following year. (In other words, volume 36 will be published in 2022 and entries submitted between January 10 and December 31 of 2021 will be considered for volume 36. The deadline for submissions each year is December 31. Submit Word files at www.thecaribbeanwriter.org/online-submission/

 

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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 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, especially among the young people of the Virgin Islands..
  • 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.

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For more information, contact The Caribbean Writer at thecaribbeanwriter@uvi.edu

Comments (22)

  • Manna Reji

    Previous articles are nice

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  • Cyril Dabydeen

    Excellent–so well written!

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  • Liesbeth Tjon A Meeuw

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

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    • 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.

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      • 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

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        • TCW

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

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  • Sara

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

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    • TCW

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

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  • Fabrice

    Hello,
    Do TCW are accepting only text in English?

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

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    • 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 .
      TCW

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  • Natalie

    When will the prize winners from Volume 33 be announced?

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    • TCW

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

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  • 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.
    TCW

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  • 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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  • LAURA ANN PHILLIPS

    Greetings. What are the word limits of the fiction and non-fiction pieces, please?

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    • TCW

      Thanks for the enquiry.
      The maximum length (for short stories and personal essays) is 3500 words or 10 pages.

      Best,
      TCW

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  • MY comment is quite brief. From what I have seen, I am deeply impressed by your journal. I look forward to hearing from your editorial staff.

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  • Alscess Lewisbrown

    Thank you so much for those kind words. We hope to continue to not only to impress you but to also inspire you to write. Please be safe during these difficult times

    A. Lewis Brown

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    • Linda Williamson Nelson

      Dear A. Lewis Brown,
      Thank you for the reply. I am looking forward to your editor’s reponse to my poetry submissions.
      Linda Williamson Nelson, PhD

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  • Chris Astwood

    Many thanks for the upcoming theme; sounds like it will generate some interesting responses.

    Quick question: I notice you mention ‘essays’ at first, and then a little later you refer to ‘personal essays’. Does that mean you are not looking for scholarly/academic essays? I’ve written quite a lot on Brathwaite but it’s more analysis and exploration of his work with theory than anything that (at least in its current form) could be called a personal essay. I’ll definitely try to write a piece that fits what you’re looking for if that turns out to be something less academically-oriented. Thanks again!

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    • C. Spencer

      Thanks for the enquiry, Chris!
      Yes, we accept academic essays. Just keep it within the word count limit of 3500 and present the citations in MLA format.

      All the best,
      TCW

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    • Alscess Lewisbrown

      Yes, I echo Ms Spencer’s response. We do accept scholarly work. Be sure to include citations and adhere to the word count!

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