Dr. Elizabeth Nunez and 2019 winner of the BCLF Emergent Writer’s Short Story Competition,  Amina Susi-Ali

Dr. Elizabeth Nunez and 2019 winner of the BCLF Emergent Writer’s Short Story Competition, Amina Susi-Ali

 The BCLF Emergent Writer’s Short Story Competition is a writing competition geared towards unearthing and encouraging the distinctive voice and story of the Caribbean-descended writer, and expand the creative writing landscape of Caribbean literature. Our small judging panel is dedicated to supporting the festival's efforts "to provide a stimulating experience wherein upcoming writers of Caribbean descent are encouraged and empowered to tell their stories". This event is the only one at the BCLF solely dedicated to enthusiastically lauding the efforts and talent of writers of short stories whose voices have yet to be heard.

To be eligible for entry, a writer must:

  1. Be of Caribbean heritage or of Caribbean descent, or Caribbean-descended writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more

  2. Residing in United States

  3. Be over the age of 18

  4. Be an unpublished writer in the genre

The BCLF Emergent Writer’s Short Story Competition Prize consists of:

  • A $500 cash prize for best short story 

  • The Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean-American Writer’s Award for the best story submission

  • The author of the best short story will receive will have his/her profile posted on the BCLF website 

  • Winner of the best short story will receive the publication of his or her winning story in the online publication New York CaribNews  

  • Annual Membership to the The Center for Fiction

  • All shortlisted writers will receive an invitation to the private BCLF Welcome Reception & Launch 

  • Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise