OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

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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] 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.


Blue Ribbon (Blue ribbon) = overall winner

  • 2015[11][12]
    • Blue ribbonPoetry: Vladimir Lucien, Sounding Ground
    • Fiction: Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings
    • Non-fiction: Olive Senior, Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal


  1. ^ a b c The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature
  2. ^ "OCM Bocas Prize enters sixth year", Daily Express (Trinidad), 6 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Three Caribbean writers on 2011 OCM Bocas Prize shortlist". bocaslitfest.com. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Derek Walcott wins OCM Bocas Prize". Trinidad Express. April 30, 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Government Congratulates Hon. Derek Walcott for Winning Inaugural Literature Award." Targeted News Service [TNS], 9 May 2011. Infotrac Newsstand. Web. 30 September 2012. Gale Document Number: GALE|A255881541
  6. ^ "Walcott wins Caribbean prize" (2011), Caribbean Today, p. 13. Database: Ethnic NewsWatch. ProQuest document ID: 870629941
  7. ^ "Lovelace savours Lit Fest victory". Trinidad Express. 29 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Essiba Small (July 15, 2013). "Bocas winner’s cover goes Underground". Trinidad Express. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Top three for OCM Bocas Prize named". T&T Guardian. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  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", NGC Bocas Lit Fest, 31 March 2015.
  12. ^ Wayne Bowman, "St Lucian poet wins OCM Bocas Prize", Trinidad Express Newspapers, 3 May 2015.

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