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WADADLI PEN TURNS 10, PROVIDES MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO WIN
Monday 6th January 2014

The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize launches its 10th anniversary Challenge with opportunities for young writers and visual artists of Antigua and Barbuda, 35 years and younger. For the first time, teachers of all ages could also win with the introduction of the Lead by Example Teacher’s Prize.

As usual, writers are invited to submit Caribbean-inspired poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction; up to three pieces; any style, subject or genre; 600 words or less. As always, those submitting are asked to surprise us: let your imagination fly, then write, review, and share your best efforts. Additionally, artists are invited to register now for the opportunity to create cover art for short-listed stories. For those artistically inclined, you get to be a part of the storytelling process by visually interpreting the story, the way graphic artists do during the process of creating and publishing books. Teachers, meanwhile, are challenged to write a story appropriate for the class level at which they teach. Winners will be selected in each of the named categories. There will also be recognition given, as has become Wadadli Pen’s pattern, to the school with the most submissions.
 
The first Wadadli Pen Challenge was launched in 2004. As the Challenge, designed to nurture and showcase artistic, and specifically youthful expression, turns 10, we look forward to the best year yet in terms of the quantity and quality of submissions. As always though, we’d rather receive less if it proves to be more in terms of dynamic and inspired storytelling; the Wadadli Pen Challenge is not just a contest but an opportunity to tap into your talents, push yourself, and strive for your personal best.
 
For full guidelines and terms of use, please visit http://wadadlipen.wordpress.com Email wadadlipen@yahoo.com for clarifications if necessary. Submit or register, if a writer or artist, respectively, by January 31st 2014 to wadadlipen@yahoo.com per those guidelines.
 
We couldn’t do what we do without the patrons and partners, past and present – all are listed at http://wadadlipen.wordpress.com We thank especially at this time those who’ve pledged to give in 2014: businesses like the Best of Books, Barbuda Express, Frank B. Armstrong, the Map Shop, Art at the Ridge, CaribbeanReads, and Pearson; individuals like Joy Lawrence, Brenda Lee Browne, D. Gisele Isaac, Pam Arthurton, Jane Seagull, Elaine Spires, Floree Williams, and Juneth Webson; other non profits like the Cushion Club; and others. See the full list at http://wadadlipen.wordpress.com We – the Wadadli Pen 2014 partners, fully listed on the website as well – thank all patrons for making the 10th year of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize so promising. We continue to scout for additional businesses and individuals who might be feeling generous as we step into the New Year. Email wadadlipen@yahoo.com if you wish to support the 2014 Challenge season of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize.
 
Meanwhile, we encourage you to encourage the young people in your home, schools, churches, youth groups, sporting groups, and community to dream, create, imagine, and, of course, submit.

 


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