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Wadadli Pen 2012 Launched

Wadadli Pen 2012 LaunchedAntigua St John's - The Wadadli Pen 2012 Challenge, in partnership with the Best of Books, is inviting the submission of poems and short stories until February 17.

There is no specific theme, but the stories, as usual, do have to be Caribbean in spirit. Don’t interpret this to mean you have to create in a box but rather use the Caribbean as the foundation from which you will let your imagination fly.

Returning to its roots, when it started in 2004, the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize 2012 edition will not limit you to a single theme; let your Muse be your guide and write about whatever you want.

That said, in addition to the prizes within age categories (12 and younger, 13 to 17, 18 to 35) and for the overall winners, judges will select best stories under the themes Origins and Liberate Love. For those of you who need it, consider it a prompt.

Liberate Love, as a theme, is a tie in with a new campaign, of the same name, set to be launched here in 2012; while the idea behind Origins is to encourage us “to dream our own dreams, let our imaginations run free for a while,” to quote Caribbean author Joanne Gail Johnson.

Origins, therefore, can range from physical to mythological, from the origin of an idea to the origin of a country. We really want to encourage you to push the boundaries, break with convention; take risks.


Entries must be original, created by you, and previously unpublished. They can be no more, give or take, than 600 words; and each individual is allowed up to three submissions. You must be 35 years or younger to enter, and you can write in any genre.

Parents and teachers, here is an opportunity to provide a new challenge for young people in your lives; build their literacy skills, while drawing on their knowledge and experience and unleashing their imagination.

For full terms of use and other guidelines visit http://wadadlipen.wordpress.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have specific questions.
We look forward to receiving your submissions.


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