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£1,000 prize for Hodder Education short story competition

Published:Monday | April 5, 2021 | 1:08 PM
Media personality Dahlia Harris hosts the launch of Hodder Education’s Caribbean Contemporary Classics.
Media personality Dahlia Harris hosts the launch of Hodder Education’s Caribbean Contemporary Classics.
Author Paulette Ramsey (left) with Denise Watts-Lawrence, head of Caribbean marketing, Hodder Education, at the Caribbean Contemporary Classics launch.
Author Paulette Ramsey (left) with Denise Watts-Lawrence, head of Caribbean marketing, Hodder Education, at the Caribbean Contemporary Classics launch.
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Hodder Education is calling on Caribbean writers to show their flair for prose by entering its regional competition dubbed 'Island Voices: Caribbean Contemporary Short Story Prize'. The winner of the competition will take home £1,000.

Denise Watts-Lawrence, head of Caribbean marketing, Hodder Education, said the competition aims to discover new writers from the region.

"One of Hodder Education's strategic pillars rests on unearthing and showcasing new and diverse voices from the Caribbean, so we actively find new ways to fulfil that mandate. We need to nurture new generations of writers to allow them to continue their role as creators, historians, social and political commentators," said Watts-Lawrence.

She believes that a great writer's role in society can transcend entertainment, thus Hodder's efforts in fostering the talents of these individuals and encouraging their growth and development through initiatives like this competition.

"A talented writer can convey thoughts creatively and often in superior ways. They frequently help readers reflect on a particular subject matter in a new or different light. Sometimes, they help us understand who we are as a society and help engineer social change," she added.

Watts-Lawrence said Hodder Education hopes to help "advance Caribbean writers' development and create more opportunities for them to showcase their talent on the global platform that Hodder Education provides".

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange said the competition would have an impact on readers across the region.

"The launch of this initiative will further the development of writers throughout the region. We look forward to the cultural fruit this initiative will bear for Jamaica and the Caribbean," said Grange.

The competition, which is open to Caribbean nationals or those of Caribbean descent, requires entrants to submit a short story of any genre between 2,000 to 5,000 words, along with an introductory letter describing themselves and what inspired them to enter the competition.

The deadline for entry is March 31, 2022. Entrants should submit their short stories by email to IslandVoices@hoddereducation.co.uk. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entrants are allowed to submit only one entry, which cannot be submitted via agents, third parties, or in bulk.

"A shortlist of up to 15 stories will be chosen by May 1, 2022," said Watts-Lawrence. "These stories will be published as part of the Caribbean Contemporary Classics Collection. The overall winning entry will receive a cash prize of £1,000."

Hodder Education is a publisher based in the Caribbean and the United Kingdom, which recently launched its Caribbean Contemporary Classics, a collection of literary work featuring some of the most renowned authors throughout the region.

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