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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 Only previously unpublished work will be accepted.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 Canute A. Brodhurst Prize
    An annual prize of $400 is awarded to a writer for best short fiction.
  • The Daily News Prize
    An annual prize of $500 is awarded to a resident of the US Virgin Islands or the British Virgin Islands.
  • The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize
    An annual prize of $500 is awarded to a new or emerging writer. This prize is 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
    An annual prize of $500 is awarded to a Caribbean author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean. This prize is 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
    An annual prize of $300 is awarded to a Caribbean author for exemplary writing in Caribbean Nation Language (Kamau Brathwaite). This prize is 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.

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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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