Calabash Writer’s Workshop
Fellowships in Fiction & Poetry

The Calabash Writer’s Workshop is offering a select number of fellowships valued at $30,000 each to enable emerging poets and fiction writers to create a manuscript for publication under the direction of established writers in their form.


Fellowships will last for a year, beginning on November 21, 2008, and will take the form of face-to-face weekend workshops & seminars and e-mail support. Poetry will be taught by Kwame Dawes. Fiction will be taught by Colin Channer.

Schedule & Location
All group meetings will be held at the Embassy of the United States of America, Kingston, Jamaica.

2008 2009
21 22 23
(10 am – 6 pm)
23 24 25
(10 am – 6 pm)
27 28 29
(10 am – 6 pm)

Tutor Bios
Kwame Dawes is Distinguished Poet in Residence and the Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of South Carolina. His thirteenth book of poems, Gomer’s Song was published in 2007 by Akashic Books and his debut novel, She’s Gone was just awarded the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy debut fiction prize. Colin Channer is the Newhouse Visiting Professor in Creative Writing at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. His six works of fiction include the international bestselling novel Waiting In Vain and the story collection Passing Through, which Junot Diaz described as “a splendid collection by one of the Caribbean diaspora’s finest writers.”

Submission Guidelines


10 single-spaced poems (no more than 15 pages) in 12-point type, aligned flush left with page numbers and 1” borders

10–15 double-spaced pages of a short story or a novel extract, in 12-point type, aligned flush left with page numbers and 1” borders.

Submissions must include a cover page with your name, address, daytime telephone number and e-mail address. Do not include your name on the submissions as they are judged blindly.

Include a nonrefundable application fee of $1000 (payable to the Calabash International Literary Festival) with your submission. Submissions that do not include the fee will not be considered.

Submissions must be postmarked on or before October 28th, 2008 in order to be considered. Submissions must be received at The Calabash Writer’s Workshop, 2a Bamboo Avenue, Kingston 6 by November 2, 2008 by mail or hand. Late submissions will not be considered.

e-mailed or faxed entries will not be accepted

Include a self-addressed stamped postcard if you'd like to receive proof that your submission was received.

Secure the pages of your manuscript with a simple clip as needed. Please do not staple your manuscript or bind it in any secure form.

Handwritten manuscripts will not be accepted.

Manuscripts will not be returned, so do not send your only copy.

All residents of Jamaica are eligible with the exception of previous Calabash Writer’s Workshop Fellows.

Colin Channer
Kwame Dawes