New Writing Club
Welcome to Caribbean Intelligence’s NEW WRITING CLUB.
If you can produce an unpublished piece of writing, no matter what level of experience you have and your new piece of writing reflects life in the Caribbean or its diaspora, then you’re welcome. We also keep up with Caribbean writing experiences at home and in the Diaspora.

Writing opportunities

May 2016
Applications are now open for Bare Lit 2017.
February 2016:
  • January-February - Creative Access: Opportunities for creative types. Check out their website.
  • Bare Lit - The first UK book festival dedicated to people of colour. Check out their website.
  • 6 February - Book launch of 'The Day I Found Him' and Q&A with author Doris Charles. Click here for details.
December 2015:
November 2015 entry: Seeking diverse literature for children and teens. Check out Writer's Digest.
October 2015: The 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature is open for entries. The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature is a major award for literary books by Caribbean writers. Books may be entered in three categories: poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction. For details, click here. 
August 2015: All Black Everything - a project about focusing and exploring the full variety of the Black African/ African Caribbean experience in the UK. What does it mean to be Black in Britain today? Click here for tickets.
May 2015: Internships available at Harper Collins. Click here for details.
CLR James April 2015: A new book celebrates the anti-racism battle in London and the role played by CLR James. That contribution is now marked at the Hackney library named after the Trinidadian Marxist and Pan-Africanist writer. The book CLR James in Hackney includes rare interviews and contributions from activists at the time as well as a previously unpubished speech given by CLR James in 1983. Click here to buy a copy. 


March 2015: 'Feminism: Why are we still here' by Margarest Busby is the latest blog in the Granddaughters of Africa series. Click here to read.


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Author Gardenia Destang writes a blog for Caribbean Intelligence© readers. You can read Gardenia's blog by clicking here. More to read further down this page. 

New Writers Club competitions
Our competitions will be open to any age group over 18 and to any part of the world. The idea is to discover new, unpublished writing which reflects the Caribbean, its people and its experiences.
Coming up, there’ll be competitions in different categories. Meanwhile, check out what other writing clubs and groups are doing further down this page.
About our Short Story Competition winners
Caribbean Intelligence© is pleased to announce that Jennie D’Ambra from Victoria, Australia was the winner of our first shortstory competition held in late 2012.
Jennie’s story Box, which takes its inspiration from Guyanese-born, Barbadian-raised boxer Joe Walcott(later known in the US as Barbados Joe Walcott) was chosen unanimously by the team of judges.
Her story was described by one judge as having “the mysterious power of a folk tale and the excellent writingevokes first the harsh, cold life of the poor in Boston and then the brilliant sunshine of the Caribbean”.
The runner-up is Delroy Williams from Dominica for his story Cricket in the Streets, which tells a tale of a young boy facing down his fear, both with a cricket bat and beyond the field of play.
Delroy describes himself as a poet, but adds that he also enjoys writing short stories and that his influences are George Lamming, Michael Eric Dyson and Louise Bennett.
The theme set for the competition was to write about being “Connected to the Caribbean”.
Judges from British and Caribbean literary circles chose Jenni and Delroy from the global entries.
One of the judges, Elizabeth Smith, who runs the broadcasting consultancy Transforming Broadcasting and ran the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, said:  “The standard of the entries was high, evoking Caribbean imaginings and experiences. There is something special about the Caribbean that triggers exceptional short stories.”

Other writing competitions will be announced on the pages of Caribbean Intelligence© during the year.
If you have any queries, please email

Other literary developments 

- Sharing a love of Caribbean writing with Wadadli Pen promoting literature in Antigua and Barbuda.Click here to find out more.
- Virtual book tour - Author Gardenia Destang has included Caribbean Intelligence© on her virtual book tour. Her tour started on 10 June. Keep checking this page for links to her journey as she talks about her book which reflects life in Florida, Chicago and Jamaica to write Becoming Me. 
You can email Gardenia with your questions through the blog link.
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