Jamaican poet Ann-Margaret Lim is among 10 writers from six Caribbean countries on the longlist for the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, sponsored by One Caribbean Media.
The prize longlist, which was announced by judges on February 28, covers poetry, fiction and literary non-fiction. The winners in the three genre categories will be announced on March 17, and the prize will be presented on April 27 during the third annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port-of-Spain. The overall winner of the prize will receive a US$10,000 award.
Lim scored the nod in the poetry category, where the judges singled out one additional book for special mention, The Festival of Wild Orchid by Ann-Margaret Lim. Other works in the category include Vahni Capildeo's Dark and Unaccustomed Words, Fault Lines by St Lucian poet Kendel Hippolyte, and South Eastern Stages by Barbadian Anthony Kellman.
According to an enthusiastic Lim, "I'm honoured to be in a group with Hippolyte and to be the only Jamaican and only female in the category. Hyppolyte is someone I read while in school and he has been writing from the '70s, so I feel really good that my very first book is in this company."
She further mentioned, "The Bocas prize will be three years old this year, and the first winner (poetry) was Walcott for White Egrets, and last year's winner was Loretta Collins Koblah for The Twelve Foot Neon Woman. So I'm really happy and honoured to be in this list."