The shortlisted titles are (in alphabetical order):
- Children of the Spider by Imam Baksh, Guyana (manuscript to be published)
- Putting Up a Resistance by Michael Cozier, Trinidad and Tobago (self-published book)
- Dancing in the Rain by Lynn Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago (manuscript to be published)
- Prayer to the Motivator by Kamau Mahakoe, Jamaica (manuscript to be published)
- The Dolphin Catchers by Diana McCaulay, Jamaica (manuscript to be published)
Up to $22,000 CAD in prize money will be awarded to up to three winners, who will be announced at a Gala during the 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (29 April – 3 May). As part of the prize, CODE will ensure winning manuscripts will be published by a Caribbean publisher.
The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual Award that will be given to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. Established by CODE – a Canadian charitable organization that has been supporting literacy and learning for over 50 years – in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation and the Bocas Lit Fest, the Award aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across the Caribbean.