Wadadli Pen Challenge returns with new categories, more opportunities to win

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Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator, author Joanne C. Hillhouse.

The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge is back for 2020 with several new categories to stimulate artistic expression among young people in Antigua and Barbuda.

Started as a writing competition in 2004, Wadadli Pen makes space for visual artists as well.

The Wa’omani Prize, meanwhile, is a new addition to boost participation among Barbudans; while a special themed prize addresses one of the main issues of our times, climate change. The Wadadli Pen Challenge is open to any resident aged 35 and younger.

Entries – fiction, poems, creative non-fiction –1000 words max,  must be original.

Beyond that entries can be as creative or tonally diverse as the artist desires; as long as it retains a Caribbean sensibility (i.e. feels Caribbean).

Young Antiguans of all ages are encouraged to try – there will be, as usual, age
category prizes, with a slight adjustment to the breakdown (six and younger, seven to 12, 13 to 17, and18 to 35) – in addition to an overall top three. All entries require completed submission forms which can be accessed from the Wadadli Pen site. Incomplete and plagiarized entries will be disqualified.

Special Prizes

Imagine a Future – A special prize will go to the story which per the sub-head ‘Imagine a Future’ best illustrates either the consequence of inaction (dystopia) or action (futopia) on climate change. This is an opportunity to venture in to speculative fiction (including science fiction). What does the future look like
through your eyes? Be creative.

Art Prize – Visual artists can also tell their story, solo or in collaboration with others by creating a comic strip – telling a complete story using visual art and (optionally) words in three horizontally-aligned art panels of equal size, fitting on to a single sheet of paper. Art entries can be hand inked and coloured (per
standard comic panels) or electronically created. No collages. Winning collabos get a single prize.

The Wa’omani Prize – Eligible Barbudans are also invited to write a story or poem, or create a comic strip (telling their complete story using visual art and, optionally, words in three horizontally-aligned art panels of equal size, fitting on to a single sheet of paper). This prize is designed to encourage greater participation from Barbuda and create a space for Barbudans to tell their unique stories.

An entry can be considered for more than one special prize (indicate with entry), and everyone vying for a special prize will also be considered for the main prize and for their age category prize.

There will also be a prize for the school with the most submissions. Submit by 16/02/20 with ‘Your Name Wadadli Pen Challenge Submission 2020’ in the subject line.

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