The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature is a major award for literary books by Caribbean writers.
Books are judged in three categories: poetry; fiction — both novels and collections of short stories; and literary non-fiction .
The author of the book judged overall winner will receive an award of US$10,000. The other category winners will receive cash awards of US$3,000.
To be eligible for entry for the 2019 prize, a book must:
Have been first published in the calendar year 2018 (1 January to 31 December);
Have been written by a single author who either holds Caribbean citizenship or was born in the Caribbean (this must be verified by the publisher), regardless of current place of residence;
Have been written by an author who is living on 31 December, 2018;
Have been written and first published in English originally (i.e. translations are not eligible);
Be a new work, previously unpublished in book form (though collections including poems, stories, essays, or other short pieces that have individually appeared in print in periodicals or anthologies are eligible).