Submissions Call for The Caribbean Writer – Volume 30

The Caribbean Writer – Where the Caribbean Imagination Embraces the World – announces a submission call for its 30th Anniversary edition. The Caribbean Writer is an international, refereed, literary journal published annually by the University of the Virgin Islands. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective.

Besides the usual poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews and one act plays in the 30th Anniversary edition; Volume 30 will highlight the theme: Journeys and Pathways. We invite writers to explore this theme in the context of their unique personal, cultural national or collective Caribbean memory.

“The Caribbean experience continues to evolve and shift in the same ways that families, relationships, communities, landscapes, pass times and ideas about self, have evolved and shifted. Therefore, in the meanderings of the Caribbean imagination, the focus of creative expressions will, necessarily, vary and this variation makes for richly textured diverse experiences worth sharing,” said Alscess Lewis-Brown, Editor of The Caribbean Writer. “So, writers are encouraged to consider the way the people of the Caribbean and its diaspora respond to those ideas and experiences that matter most in their singular or collective Caribbean journey.”

Individuals are encouraged to submit poems (5 maximum), short stories and personal essays on general topics and also on the theme: Journeys and Pathways. Only previously unpublished works will be considered. (If self-published, give details.) Include brief biographical information and list all contact information plus title of manuscript on a separate page. Only the title should appear on the manuscript.

All submissions are eligible for these prizes: The Virgin Islands Daily News Prize for a fiction or nonfiction essay to an author residing in the U.S. or British Virgin Islands ($500); The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for best short fiction ($400); The Gilbert Literary Prize ($500); The David Hough Literary Prize to a Caribbean author ($500); The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize to an emerging Caribbean author (500); The First Lady Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize to a Caribbean author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean (500); and The Charlotte & Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication in The Caribbean Writer ($250).

The V.I. Consortium online newspaper has donated an annual prize entitled, The Gilbert Literary Prize in the amount of $500 to a Caribbean author whose work best explores the theme of building community. This prize will be among the list of prizes awarded for Volume 30.

Email submissions to as attached Word or RTF files OR submit via the “Submissions” page at Submissions may also be mailed to: The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill St. Croix, VI 00850-9781. Include SASE for response. Submission deadline is December 31, 2015.

This celebrated journal is also soliciting colorful, eye-catching, Caribbean artwork for the cover of Volume 30 highlighting: Journeys and Pathways. 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 and email to The submission deadline for artwork is 31st December 2015.

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