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Stories For Youth by Youth

Stories For Youth by YouthThe Wadadli Youth Pen Prize is back with a challenge for young Antiguan and Barbudan writers can you write an engaging children’s story in 600 words or less?

The competition dubbed the BEST OF BOOKS ‘WADADLI PEN CHALLENGE 2011’ is, as usual, open to writers 35 years and younger, legally resident or native to Antigua and Barbuda. Writing can be fiction, poetry or non-fiction, and can be in any genre, fantasy to comedy, but it must be written to appeal to younger readers.

It must, in other words, be the kind of story a parent might read to a child or a young reader would pick up and read on his or her own.

As has been the case since the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize was launched in 2004, the writing must reflect a Caribbean sensibility. We, therefore, expect the submitted pieces to be set in the Caribbean and/or in some way reflect the Caribbean experience.


This can include the rough and tumble reality, the superstition and mythology, the history or the possibility. The world of children’s fiction should allow you to let your imagination fly as Thumbelina did on a lily pad, as Peter Pan and Wendy did simply by wishing it so, as Harry Potter did with a wave of his magic wand, as Dorothy did with three clicks of her ruby slippers.

Dream, that’s what this year’s challenge is asking you to do and let’s create literature that can be read and enjoyed by the youngest among us and yet still appreciated by every young-at-heart adult.

There are a couple of opportunities to win; within your particular age category – 12 and under, 13 to 17, 18 to 35 – or as one of the top three writers overall, in which case it’s anyone’s contest.  With input from the judges/editors, each short listed writer will have the opportunity to edit and fine tune the work before final judging.


Winning pieces will be published in the local press, posted to http://wadadlipen.wordpress.com and possibly other sites promoting Caribbean literature, especially children’s literature. Also, Wadadli Pen reserves non-exclusive right to publish/record the winning works in other formats without restriction.

Wadadli Pen is once again partnering with the Best of Books, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010, in this venture. Best of Books will sponsor the Challenge plaque displayed in their store with the name of the winning writer; as well as other prizes and certificates. They will also host the prize giving as a part of their anniversary activities in June 2011.

Prize contributions and/or commitments, meanwhile, have also come from Seven Seas via local distributor Frank B. Armstrong, the International Women’s Club of Antigua and Barbuda, the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival, African American author of Ninth Ward Jewell Parker Rhodes, Through a Window Antiguan author Floree Williams. Antigua Nice has agreed to provide a free web page as well to help promote the competition.


More prizes/commitments will be announced as they come to hand; it promises to be an attractive compensation package for the winning writers, as usual. Each writer is allowed a maximum of three submissions. Submissions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than March 31st 2011.

Prospective participants are reminded that they can try out works-in-progress at the Wadadli Pen Open Mic hosted once a month by the Best of Books Royal Palm branch. Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator Joanne C. Hillhouse will be present at the next Wadadli Pen open mic, February 12th at 7:30 p.m., and available to answer any questions in relation to this competition. See you there. Also check http://wadadlipen.wordpress.com periodically for other contest details.

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Thanks you for clarifying

#4 Just Sayin » 2011-02-13 12:21

Thanks for straightening that out Wadadli Pen. I appreciate the clarity offered.
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clarifying continued

#3 Wadadli Pen » 2011-02-11 15:51

In fact, I've resisted invitations to repost the winning works on other sites or to use the site to generate revenue for the competition simply because I do not want to infringe on the writers' copyright (and I do my best to make clear even with the stories posted on the site who the ownership belongs to). I researched a number of literary journals before wording and posting the terms. And what I was trying to accomplish was an understanding that while the writer retains his/her copyright and can do with the work as they wish once the contest has run its course, is an understanding that we would be using the work for promotional and educational purposes, to showcase the writers...not for profit (or to cut them out of any profit)...if the wording is murky, however, I'll revisit it; as exploitation of artistes (or even the perception of it) is the opposite of my intention.
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#2 Wadadli Pen » 2011-02-11 15:50

That's not the intention and perhaps I need to look at the wording again. I will do so. The intention with Wadadli Pen has been to encourage and promote the literary arts - one of the ways I try to do that is by the showcasing the work produced. This has included recordings, publishing in the press, and posting to the website...I make no money off of it...and any use of the work for profit (if it ever came to that, which I don't anticipate it will) would require the permission of the writers and appropriate arrangements.
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I am reading correctly?

#1 Just Sayin » 2011-02-11 02:50

"Also, Wadadli Pen reserves non-exclusive right to publish/record the winning works in other formats without restriction....."

A m I reading this correctly? Could one of the organiesers please clarify? Because this sounds like you're asking folks to send in stories with some barely-there prizes right now and then keeping their work to use however you like later on. Is there some agreement about how any revenue will be shared once the work is used again and sold.. in compilation etc?
I'd realy like to kno
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