FIRST TIME AUTHORS PROGRAMME: WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY
World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated each year on the 23rd of April. This celebration, promoted by UNESCO, aims to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.
By paying world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, UNESCO hopes to encourage everyone, particularly young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and to gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.
The celebration of World Book and Copyright Day connects directly to the goal of the Heritage Library, which is to preserve and promote the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. Celebrating 1st Time Authors is NALIS’s attempt to applaud the hard work of first time authors, to encourage new writers to enter the publishing arena, and to raise public awareness of the issues involved in the protection of intellectual property as well as the enforcement of copyright.
In order to be eligible for consideration and recognition as a 1st Time Author please note the following:
1. The author must be of Trinidad and Tobago nationality or descent.
2. The book must be the first published book by the author.
3. The book should have been published during the period 1st January to the 31st December of the given year. For example, submissions for 2018 1st Time Authors will be 1st January 2017 - December 31st 2017.
Once an author fulfills the above requirements and wishes to be recognized as a first time author the following form can be downloaded and completed.