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About Anansesem



Anansesem is an online magazine devoted to Caribbean children's and young adult literature written by both new and established writers. It was founded in 2010 to encourage the writing and illustration of Caribbean literature for and by young people.

We are proud to have published some of the most distinctive and distinguished voices in Caribbean literature for young people. Previous contributors to the ezine have included Alix Delinois, Floella Benjamin, Ibi Zoboi, Itah Sadu, Lynn Joseph, Margarita Engle, Nadia L. Hohn, Olive Senior, Ruth Behar, Tracey Baptiste, Vashanti Rahaman and Verna Wilkins.

The ezine operated on a submission-based publication model for a decade and switched to a citizen journalism model in 2020; as such, we no longer publish unsolicited work. We publish book reviews, interviews, features and opinion pieces, editorials, annotated bibliographies/book lists and illustrator spotlights.

Want to find out more? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.



Mission Statement

Our mission is expressed in our five goal statements:

1) To provide a publishing platform for Caribbean individuals who write and illustrate for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia, as well as those who share a vital interest in Caribbean children's literature.

2) To encourage the writing and illustration of quality Caribbean literature, of literary and artistic merit, for and by children.

3) To highlight and celebrate talented Caribbean writers and illustrators of children’s books, thereby supporting the creation, visibility and availability of quality Caribbean children’s literature around the world.

4) To foster a vibrant community around Caribbean children's books and broaden public, literary and artistic awareness, and critical appreciation, of Caribbean children's literature.

5) To act as a consolidated voice for writers and illustrators of Caribbean children's and young adult books worldwide.



Recognition

+Recognized for outstanding advocacy by Caribbean Research Empowerment Network (CREN)
+Featured on the Independent Publisher's Guild (UK) website
+Featured in The Horn Book Magazine
+Listed by Teaching for Change as a recommended website on their website and on the Diversity in Children's Books 2018 infographic
+Included annually in the Institute for Writers' Magazine Markets for Children's Writers guide



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