CODE Burt Award for Caribbean YA Lit is Accepting Submissions

Do you have a great novel, creative non-fiction, or graphic novel for youth ages 12 to 18?

The CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature is now open for submissions!

Download the updated 2018-19 CODE Burt Award Eligibility and Entry Guidelines

Now in its sixth year, CODE’s annual Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature recognizes up to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors.

This year, the winning title will be awarded $10,000 CAD, and two finalists will be awarded $2,000 CAD each.

Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies, which will be donated to schools, libraries, and literacy organizations throughout the region. To date, over 37,000 copies of award-winning YA novels have been distributed throughout the Caribbean to young readers.

Eligible manuscripts and books published between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018 must be submitted by email to the Bocas Lit Fest no later than October 31, 2018. Download the award guidelines for eligibility details or contact us at with queries.

About the Award 

This literary award and readership initiative recognizes excellence in Caribbean-authored literature for young adults, ages 12 through 18. The Bocas Lit Fest oversees the submission and adjudication process. The jury is composed of writers, educators, and literature specialists, and this year a new addition – a young adult reader.

With the generous support of the Literary Prizes Foundation based in Canada, the CODE Burt Award is given annually to three English-language literary works for youth created by Caribbean writers and illustrators. The winning title is awarded $10,000, and the two finalists each receive $2,000. Local Caribbean publishers are granted a guaranteed purchase of a maximum of 2,500 copies. These copies are then distributed to youth in schools, libraries, and community centres across the region.

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