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Another Honor for Euan McFarlane Award Winner, Diana McCaulay

Posted on June 20, 2012

Thanks to Caribbean Environmental Reporters Network for pointing us to for word of Diana McCaulay’s Commonwealth Caribbean award for her recent short story, “The Dolphin Catcher”:

Jamaica Cops Commonwealth Regional Prizes

Tanya Batson-Savage | Friday, May 25th, 2012

Jamaica copped both regional prizes in the 2012 Commonwealth writing competitions: the Commonwealth Book Prize – snagged by Alecia McKenzie for her novel Sweetheart, and the Commonwealth Short story prize – earned by Diana McCaulay for her piece ‘The Dolphin Catcher’. Commonwealth Writers announc


ed the regional winners earlier this week.

“I feel honoured and humbled that Sweetheart has won the Commonwealth Book Prize for the Caribbean region” McKenzie said via the CW Writers website. “Sweetheart was born of love and grief, and winning this award feels like an affirmation of art, affection, family ties, friendship and individuality.” It is McKenzie second time around as a regional winner in the Commonwealth writing competition. Her first collection of short stories, Satellite City, earned the regional prize for Best First Book. McKenzie was the sole nominee for the Caribbean for the 2012 CW Book Prize. Her other works include Stories from Yard, the novella for young readers When the Rain Stopped in Natland, and Doctor’s Orders.


The regional winners of the short story competition were no less excited by their win. “I’m thrilled,” McCaulay said. “It’s an honour to be in the company of such wonderful writers and I’m grateful to the Commonwealth Foundation for continuing to encourage and showcase emerging and established writers from all over the world.” McCaulay’s first novel,Dog-Heart was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2010 and her second novel,Huracan, is set to be released later this year.

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