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Winners of the 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature

The winners of the 2017 CODE Burt Award for Young Adult Literature (announced at the Bocas Lit Fest) were:

1st place: The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Núñez (Puerto Rico/USA)

2nd place: The Beast of Kukuyo by Kevin Jared Hosein (Trinidad & Tobago)

3rd place: Home Home by Lisa Allen-Agostini (Trinidad & Tobago)

The Art of White Roses and Home Home will appear from Papillote Press in May 2018; The Beast of Kukuyo is as yet unpublished.

The Burt Award website describes the prize thus:

Now in its fifth year, CODE’s annual Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature recognizes up to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors….

Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies, which will be donated to schools, libraries, and literacy organizations throughout the region. To date, more than 15,000 copies of winning books have made their way into the hands of Caribbean youth.

More on the Burt Award here.