Inaugural Nature Island Literary Festival Writing Competition

The Nature Island Literary Festival (NILF) Committee is pleased to announce its inaugural Writing Competition which will complement this year’s Festival’s theme “Beyond the Green: Caribbean Literature, Nature & the Environment.”

The Competition is open to Dominican nationals and residents aged 16 and over in the following categories (Candidates can submit entries in NO MORE THAN TWO (2) categories):

  • Poetry
    • Poets should submit a portfolio of 3 poems, each poem should be no more than 1,000 words
  • Short Fiction
    • Writers should submit a short story of 3,000-5,000 words
  • Children or Young Adult Short Fiction
    • Writers should submit a short story of 1,500-3,500 words written for an audience of children or young adults
  • Short Screenplay:
    • Writers should submit a short screenplay for a short film between 5 and 15 minutes in length
  • Photo storytelling
    • Photographers and writers should submit a 5-10 photo essay or narrative with appropriate caption.

All submissions must present conflict, plot, characters or themes related to symbols of nature and marine life, use of natural resources or preserving the environment.

Submissions must be original, unpublished work (including online or self-publishing platforms). They must be done in the appropriate formats (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .jpg, .pdf, or .zip) and emailed to: nilitfest@gmail.com by Wednesday, July 15, 2015.  Email subject line should read: “NILF Writing Competition Submission.” The email should include full name, age and current contact information, including address and telephone number. Authors should not include any identifying information on actual submission documents attached to the email.

The goals of the writing competition are to enhance the literary community in Dominica, to serve as a foundation for larger teaching and mentorship programs to nurture writers in their craft and with publishing options, and to increase the number of published writers and poets from the island.  The hope is that the competition will generate new cohorts of writers and poets, who will later contribute to the development of Caribbean literature, and further place Dominica on the international literary map.

Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair began in 2008 and is a registered non-profit organization. Its purpose is not only to showcase recognized talent in Caribbean literature and culture, but also to encourage new talent and publicize the work of Dominica’s writers and poets. The festival also aims to promote reading, to increase interest in literature and to demonstrate that the literary arts and publishing are valid, rewarding and viable career choices for people of Dominica and the Caribbean.

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