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Bermuda Literary Award

The Bermuda Literary Awards were inaugurated by the Bermuda Government in 1999 to honour literary achievement by Bermuda’s writers, and are administered by the Department of Community & Cultural Affairs.  The aims of the Bermuda Government in offering these awards are:

  • To recognize significant contributions to the development of Bermudian culture
  • To honour creative works and uphold the writer’s role in society
  • To preserve and promote the highest standards of Bermudian literature


The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Salutes the Winners of the Bermuda Literary Awards Competition:

Angela Barry
Author of Endangered Species and Other Stories, winner of the Brian Burland Prize for Fiction.

Rawle Frederick
Author of A Ballad of Orange Valley, winner of the Brian Burland Prize for Fiction.

Rosemary Jones
Author of Bermuda: Five Centuries, winner of the Prize for Non-Fiction

Janet Wingate
Author of Nonsuch Summer, winner of the Prize for Children and Young Adult fiction.


Brian Burland Prize for Fiction
The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, Bermuda Literary Awards Honours Brian Burland with the naming of the Brian Burland Prize for Fiction.

Brian Burland was born in Bermuda in 1931 and went to sea before his thirteenth birthday. He was educated at Aldenham in England and at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Mr. Burland has been a scholar of Caribbean and American Maritime History – an interest which, along with the strong influence of his native land, is strongly evident in the themes of his novels. He has been a Guest Fellow at Yale University and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1979.

His impressive list of publications include A Fall from Aloft; Flight of the Cavalier;
Stephen Decatur, the Devil and the Endymion; A Few Flowers for St. George; Undertow; Surprise; Love is a Durable Fire; The Sailor and the Fox; Poems by Brian Burland and the children’s book St. Nicholas and the Tub, for which he was awarded the Bermuda Literary Award Prize for Children and Young Adult Fiction in 2001. He was also the recipient of the Founder’s Prize that year for excellence in the development of Bermudian literature.  The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs salutes Brian Burland with the naming of the Prize for Fiction for his many contributions to Bermudian writing. Mr. Burland’s successful literary career has inspired many, and his work will continue to do so for years to come.