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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.


Submit poems, short stories, personal essays and one-act plays. Maximum length (for short stories and personal essays) is 3500 words or 10 pages. Only previously unpublished work will be accepted. (If self-published, give details.)


Follow this procedure for submissions: Put name, address, and title of submission on separate sheet. Title only on submission. All submissions should be on a separate sheet. MLA documentation style is preferred. Include brief biographical information and mention previous publications and Caribbean connection, if any. Type (double-spaced) all manuscripts.


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All submissions are eligible for the following prizes:

  • The Daily News Prize for author residing in the US Virgin Islands or the British Virgin Islands ($500)
  • The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for best short fiction ($400)
  • The Vincent Cooper Literary Prize to a Caribbean author for exemplary writing in Caribbean nation language (Kamau Brathwaite) ($300)
  • The First Lady, Cecile deJongh Literary Prize whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean ($500)
  • The Marvin Williams Literary Prize for emerging writers ($500)

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Book Reviews

Persons interested in reviewing books should contact the editor indicating areas of expertise. Include sample reviews if possible.

Submissions shall be in Word or RTF files. Submission deadline is December 31, 2019. Please submit your entries using the form below.


Artwork Submissions


The Caribbean Writer is also soliciting colorful, eye-catching, Caribbean artwork for the cover of Volume 34 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 through the form below. The deadline for artwork submission is December 31, 2019.


For more information, please email


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