The Small Axe Literary Competition 2012

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The Small Axe Literary Competition 2012

The Small Axe Literary Competition encourages the production and publication of Caribbean fiction and poetry. The competition focuses on poetry and short stories from emerging writers whose work centers on regional and diasporic Caribbean themes and concerns.

This competition is part of the Small Axe Project's ongoing commitment to Caribbean cultural production and our mission to provide a forum for innovative critical and creative explorations of Caribbean reality.

With this competition, we hope to encourage and support the region's rich literary heritage, in the tradition of precursors such as Bim, Kyk-over-al, Focus and Savacou.

The competition consists of two categories: poetry and short fiction. Two winners are chosen from each category by a distinguished panel of judges.

Writers wishing to compete for a Small Axe Literary Prize must submit the following to

A double-spaced Word document containing:

  • an original, unpublished short story (maximum 7,000 words),

  • an original selection of poetry (maximum ten poems, not exceeding ten manuscript pages).

    Manuscripts must be free of any author information.

  • A separate document with a one-page biography, including previously published works and full contact information (name, email address, mailing address and phone)

Prizes: First Prize: $750

Second Prize: $500

Deadline for entries: 2012 Competition submission deadline: 31 May, 2012

Publication of work: Winners of the 2011 competition will be published in Small Axe 38 - July 2012.

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