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OCM Bocas Prize For Caribbean Literature

OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature
Awarded forbooks by Caribbean writers
Sponsored byOne Caribbean Media
LocationTrinidad and Tobago
First awarded2011
WebsiteThe OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, inaugurated in 2011 by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest,[1] is an annual literary award for books by Caribbean writers published in the previous year.[2] It is the only prize in the region that is open to works of different literary genres by writers of Caribbean birth or citizenship.[3]

The prize award is US$10,000 and is sponsored by One Caribbean Media.[2] The shortlisted nominees are awarded $3,000. Books may be entered in three categories: poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction.[2] The judges select the best book in each genre category, which three books form the shortlist for the prize, from which the overall winner is then chosen. The overall winner of the prize is announced at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Winners and shortlisted nominees

Year Winner Work Shortlisted nominees Ref(s)
2011 Derek Walcott White Egrets (poetry) Tiphanie Yanique, How to Escape a Leper Colony (fiction)
Edwidge Danticat, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work (non-fiction)
[4][5][6][7]
2012 Earl Lovelace Is Just a Movie (fiction) Godfrey Smith, George Price: A Life Revealed (non-fiction)
Loretta Collins Klobah, The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman (poetry)
[8][9][10]
2013 Monique Roffey Archipelago (fiction) Rupert Roopnaraine, The Sky's Wild Noise: Selected Essays (non-fiction)
Kendel Hippolyte, Fault Lines (poetry)
[11][12][13][14]
2014 Robert Antoni As Flies to Whatless Boys (fiction) Kei Miller, Writing Down the Vision (non-fiction)
Lorna Goodison, Oracabessa (poetry)
[15][16]
2015 Vladimir Lucien Sounding Ground (poetry) Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (fiction)
Olive Senior, Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal (non-fiction)
[17][18]
2016 Olive Senior The Pain Tree (fiction) Tiphanie Yanique, Wife (poetry)
Jacqueline Bishop, The Gymnast and Other Positions (non-fiction)
[19][20][21]
2017 Kei Miller Augustown (fiction) Safiya Sinclair, Cannibal (poetry)
Angelo Bissessarsingh, Virtual Glimpses into the Past (non-fiction)
[22][23][24][25]
2018 Jennifer Rahim Curfew Chronicles (fiction) Shara McCallum, Madwoman (poetry)
[no selection] (non-fiction)
[26][27][28]
2019 Kevin Adonis Browne High Mas (non-fiction) Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Doe Songs (poetry)
Dionne Brand, Theory (fiction)
[29][30][31][32]

Notes

  1. ^ "Literary festival to award prize for best book of the year", Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, 15 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature Archived 30 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "OCM Bocas Prize enters sixth year", Daily Express (Trinidad), 6 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Three Caribbean writers on 2011 OCM Bocas Prize shortlist". bocaslitfest.com. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Derek Walcott wins OCM Bocas Prize". Repeating Islands. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "Government Congratulates Hon. Derek Walcott for Winning Inaugural Literature Award." Targeted News Service [TNS], 9 May 2011. Infotrac Newsstand. Web. 30 September 2012. Gale Document Number: GALE|A255881541
  7. ^ "Walcott wins Caribbean prize" (2011), Caribbean Today, p. 13. Database: Ethnic NewsWatch. ProQuest document ID: 870629941
  8. ^ "The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature 2012", NGC Bocas Lit Fest, 2012.
  9. ^ "Lovelace cops US$10,000 Bocas prize", Trinidad Express Newspapers, 27 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Lovelace savours Lit Fest victory". Trinidad Express. 29 April 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ Julien Neaves, "T&T writer takes top Bocas prize", Trinidad Express Newspapers, 28 April 2013.
  12. ^ Tanya Batson-Savage, "Archipelago by Monique Roffey Cops Bocas Prize 2013", Susumba, 30 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Trinis triumph at Bocas Lit Fest", Newsday, 2 May 2013.
  14. ^ Essiba Small (15 July 2013). "Bocas winner's cover goes Underground". Trinidad Express. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ "Top three for OCM Bocas Prize named". T&T Guardian. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ Anna Ramdass, "'Whatless Boys' wins it for writer Antoni", Trinidad Express Newspapers, 27 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Top three books named for 2015 OCM Bocas Prize" Archived 5 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine, NGC Bocas Lit Fest, 31 March 2015.
  18. ^ Wayne Bowman, "St Lucian poet wins OCM Bocas Prize", Trinidad Express Newspapers, 3 May 2015.
  19. ^ "Announcing The 2016 OCM Bocas Prize Shortlist", 24 March 2016.
  20. ^ "2016 OCM Bocas Prize Shortlist" Archived 30 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine, The OCM Bocas Prize For Caribbean Literature.
  21. ^ "Olive Senior Wins The 2016 OCM Bocas Prize", Bocas News -- NGC Bocas Lit Fest, 2 May 2016.
  22. ^ "The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature 2017". bocaslitfest.com. Retrieved 2017.
  23. ^ "Bissessarsingh among 3 authors in Bocas final round". trinidadexpress.com. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  24. ^ "J'can Kei Miller wins OCM Bocas prize", Trinidad Sunday Express, 29 April 2017.
  25. ^ "Jamaican Kei Miller wins OCM Bocas Prize", Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, 30 April 2017.
  26. ^ Michael Mondezie, "Bocas winner: It's an incomparable feeling", Daily Express, Trinidad, 29 April 2018.
  27. ^ "T&T'S JENNIFER RAHIM WINS OCM BOCAS PRIZE", NGC Bocas Lit Fest, 2 May 2018.
  28. ^ Apphia Barton, "Who reallywon the OCM Bocas Prize?", ApphiaBartonWrites, 7 May 2018.
  29. ^ "Kevin Browne makes history as the first-ever overall winner to earn the prize for non-fiction", NGC Bocas Lit Fest, 4 May 2019.
  30. ^ "UWI Lecturer wins Overall 2019 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature", Campus News, UWI St Augustine, 5 May 2019.
  31. ^ "Kevin Browne Wins OCM Bocas Prize", CCN TV6, 5 May 2019.
  32. ^ Keino Swamber, "TT's Kevin Adonis Browne wins OCM Bocas Prize", Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, 5 May 2019.

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