Website banner.JPG

short story submission

BCLF Call For Short Stories

Caribbean writers of short fiction may now submit their short stories for a chance to be read at the 2019 BCLF Emergent Writers' Event on Saturday 08, 2019

 This event is 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.

There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains the property of the author


Eligibility Requirements & Submission Guidelines:

  • What to Submit: Stories must be original, unpublished fiction. Word count: 1,500 words or less.

  • Guidelines: Stories must be submitted in Microsoft Word Document format or as a Microsoft Word .docx or .pdf, as an attachment. Please do not send your story in the body of an email. Each story must be accompanied by a cover sheet that includes the writer’s name, the title of the story, his or her complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and the word count of the work submitted. The title page and story must be submitted as one document, as an attachment. The author’s name should not appear on the story. Only the title of the story should appear on the manuscript.

  • Writers may submit multiple entries, but these must be submitted as separate Microsoft Word documents, with separate cover sheets

  • Who May Submit: The event is open to unpublished writers of Caribbean heritage or of Caribbean descent, or Caribbean-descended writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication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

  • How to Submit: Stories must be emailed to Subject Line: BCLF Emergent Writers' Short Story Submission - Writer's Last Name, First Name

  • When to Submit: The deadline for submission of stories is August 12th, 2019 at 11:59pm

Announcement of Final List 

The writers of the selected stories for the event will be announced in August 2019 via email, on our website, and also on our Facebook & Instagram accounts page.

All manuscripts for the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival Emergent Writers' Event must be submitted via email

For more information, please explore our website or e-mail

Prizes and Publication

  • 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