Elizabeth Jones Shortlisted For CODE Burt Award

March 27, 2018

CODE and NGC Bocas Lit Fest have announced the finalists for the fifth annual CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature, with Bermuda’s Elizabeth Jones among the three.

This year’s finalists were selected from over 30 submissions of both published books and unpublished manuscripts from around the region.

Finalists Imam Baksh, Elizabeth J. Jones, and Shakirah Bourne:

Burt Finalists March 2018

The 2018 finalists include:

A Dark Iris by Elizabeth J. Jones [Bermuda]

Jury summary: “A sophisticated ‘speculative fiction’ story that reveals the realities of adolescence; crushes, family problems, and school. The main character is real and relatable.”

My Fishy Stepmom by Shakirah Bourne [Barbados]

Jury summary: “A delightful story that is charmingly funny. With a folktale antagonist, the shenanigans that result as the main character fights to preserve her bonds of family and friendship are heartwarming.”

The Dark of the Sea by Imam Baksh [Guyana]

Jury summary: “A compelling page turner, this fantastical adventure story follows the journey of a young man who is rebellious, unimpressed by education and religion, cynical about the future, and obsessed with girls. The humour is dark, the morality complicated, …and the victories bittersweet.”

The winner and two finalists will be announced on April 25 at the opening night celebration of the 2018 NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

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  1. Nicky says:

    Great news! Well done Ms Jones for A Dark Iris! Our fingers are crossed.

  2. PBanks says:

    Well done. Each looks like it will be an interesting read.

  3. Jean Foggo Simon says:

    Great work Liz. I am pulling for you.