OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

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OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature
Awarded forbooks by Caribbean writers
Sponsored byOne Caribbean Media
LocationTrinidad and Tobago
First awarded2011
WebsiteThe OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, inaugurated in 2011, is an annual literary award for books by Caribbean writers published in the previous year.[1] It is the only prize in the region that is open to works of different literary genres by writers of Caribbean birth or citizenship.[2]

The prize award is US$10,000 and is sponsored by One Caribbean Media.[1] The shortlisted nominees are awarded $3,000. Books may be entered in three categories: poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction.[1] The judges select the best book in each genre category, which three books form the shortlist for the prize, from which the overall winner is then chosen. The overall winner of the prize is announced at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Winners and shortlisted nominees[edit]

Year Winner Work Shortlisted nominees Ref(s)
2011 Derek Walcott White Egrets (poetry) Tiphanie Yanique, How to Escape a Leper Colony (fiction)
Edwidge Danticat, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work (non-fiction)
2012 Earl Lovelace Is Just a Movie (fiction) Godfrey Smith, George Price: A Life Revealed (non-fiction)
Loretta Collins Klobah, The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman (poetry)
2013 Monique Roffey Archipelago (fiction) Rupert Roopnaraine, The Sky’s Wild Noise: Selected Essays (non-fiction)
Kendel Hippolyte, Fault Lines (poetry)
2014 Robert Antoni As Flies to Whatless Boys (fiction) Kei Miller, Writing Down the Vision (non-fiction)
Lorna Goodison, Oracabessa (poetry)
2015 Vladimir Lucien Sounding Ground (poetry) Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (fiction)
Olive Senior, Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal (non-fiction)
2016 Olive Senior The Pain Tree (fiction) Tiphanie Yanique, Wife (poetry)
Jacqueline Bishop, The Gymnast and Other Positions (non-fiction)
2017 Kei Miller Augustown Safiya Sinclair, Cannibal (poetry)
Kei Miller, Augustown (fiction)
Angelo Bissessarsingh, Virtual Glimpses into the Past (non-fiction)


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  10. ^ Anna Ramdass, "‘Whatless Boys’ wins it for writer Antoni", Trinidad Express Newspapers, 27 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Top three books named for 2015 OCM Bocas Prize" Archived 5 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine., NGC Bocas Lit Fest, 31 March 2015.
  12. ^ Wayne Bowman, "St Lucian poet wins OCM Bocas Prize", Trinidad Express Newspapers, 3 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Announcing The 2016 OCM Bocas Prize Shortlist", 24 March 2016.
  14. ^ "2016 OCM Bocas Prize Shortlist" Archived 30 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine., The OCM Bocas Prize For Caribbean Literature.
  15. ^ "Olive Senior Wins The 2016 OCM Bocas Prize", Bocas News — NGC Bocas Lit Fest, 2 May 2016.
  16. ^ "The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature 2017". bocaslitfest.com. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  17. ^ "Bissessarsingh among 3 authors in Bocas final round". trinidadexpress.com. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  18. ^ "J’can Kei Miller wins OCM Bocas prize", Trinidad Sunday Express, 29 April 2017.
  19. ^ "Jamaican Kei Miller wins OCM Bocas Prize", Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, 30 April 2017.

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