Jamaican Professor to Chair Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Regional Panel


Professor Michael Bucknor of the University of West Indies, Mona is the new chair of the Canada and Caribbean region for the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.
Professor Bucknor is one of two new regional chairs for the award, with the other being Professor Makarand Paranjape of Jawaharlal Nehru University, India for Europe and South Asia.
In the meantime, entries are now open for the 22nd annual prize, which aims to reward the best fiction by both established and new writers from the Commonwealth regions of Africa, the Caribbean and Canada, Europe and South Asia, and South East Asia and the South Pacific, and to take their works to a wider audience. According to a release from the Commonwealth Foundation, books entered for the award will first be assessed by the regional panels and shortlists will be announced in February 2008. In each of the four regions, two prizes of

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