New Writing Club

Welcome to Caribbean Intelligence’s NEW WRITING CLUB.

We showcase new writing by Caribbean and Diaspora storytellers. There are competition opportunities in the Caribbean and beyond and news of successful Caribbean writers. Good luck in your endeavours!


Writing and literary opportunities

April 2017
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) announces that the submission deadline for entries to the 2016/2017 OECS Essay Competition has been extended to April 28, 2017.
23 April is International English Language Day and UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day.
May 2017


Caribbean literary news

Laurene has published a book of short stories exploring life's crossroads.

You can download the hardback, paperback and e-book editions of Walking in the Shadows and The Heir here. 


Dominican writer-singer Rita Indiana has won the Region Guadeloupe's Great Literary Award of the 5th Congress of Writers of the Caribbean

The 5th Congress of Writers of the Caribbean has finished in 9 April. After a tribute to Derek Walcott, Rita Indiana was awarded the 2017 Grand Prix for her novel La Mucama de Omincunle released in 2015.

Rita Indiana Hernández Rita Indiana Hernández was born in Santo Domingo in 197. 

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Twenty-one outstanding stories have been selected by an international judging panel out of almost 6000 entries from 49 Commonwealth countries.


Author Gardenia Destang wrote a blog for Caribbean Intelligence© readers. You can read Gardenia's blog by clicking here. More to read further down this page. 

About our 2012 Short Story Competition winners
Caribbean Intelligence© announced Jennie D’Ambra from Victoria, Australia as the winner of our first short story competition held in late 2012.
Jennie’s story Box, which takes its inspiration from Guyanese-born, Barbadian-raised boxer Joe Walcott(later known in the US as Barbados Joe Walcott) was chosen unanimously by the team of judges.
Her story was described by one judge as having “the mysterious power of a folk tale and the excellent writingevokes first the harsh, cold life of the poor in Boston and then the brilliant sunshine of the Caribbean”.
The runner-up is Delroy Williams from Dominica for his story Cricket in the Streets, which tells a tale of a young boy facing down his fear, both with a cricket bat and beyond the field of play.
Delroy describes himself as a poet, but adds that he also enjoys writing short stories and that his influences are George Lamming, Michael Eric Dyson and Louise Bennett.
The theme set for the competition was to write about being “Connected to the Caribbean”.
Judges from British and Caribbean literary circles chose Jenni and Delroy from the global entries.
One of the judges, Elizabeth Smith, who runs the broadcasting consultancy Transforming Broadcasting and ran the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, said:  “The standard of the entries was high, evoking Caribbean imaginings and experiences. There is something special about the Caribbean that triggers exceptional short stories.”
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Other literary developments 

- Sharing a love of Caribbean writing with Wadadli Pen promoting literature in Antigua and Barbuda.Click here to find out more.
- Virtual book tour - Author Gardenia Destang has included Caribbean Intelligence© on her virtual book tour. Her tour started on 10 June. Keep checking this page for links to her journey as she talks about her book which reflects life in Florida, Chicago and Jamaica to write Becoming Me. 
You can email Gardenia with your questions through the blog link.
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