Shortlist: Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest

img_0577Hello my young writers and anxious parents:

The following is the shortlist for the Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest. Participants names are listed in alphabetical order.

Winners will receive their prizes on Tuesday 29th November 2016 as schools will be closed for local government elections on Monday 28th November 2016.

1 Ariel De Gannes, 10                                     
  The Girl and Her Shadow
  Holy Rosary Preparatory 
2 Daniel Madoo, 12
  Frankie the Goat 
  Holy Family Preparatory 
3 Hosanna Perreira, 11
  The New World 
  ROSEC Private School 
4 Huzayfah Hosein, 11        
  The Time My Life Changed Forever
  Home Schooled 
5 Jeremiah Forgenie Reyes, 9
  Dunross Preparatory School 
6 Ka Hei Pun, 10
  Storm at Sea
  The University School
7 Khaliah Allan, 11
  Surprise Discovery
  Edinburgh Government Primary School 
8 Nathan Pierre, 12
  The Great Find
  Queens Royal College
9 Nika Tillock, 10   
  The Best Day Ever
  Edinburgh Government Primary School 
10 Tsahal Koo  
  Night of the Soucouyant
  Atwell’s Educational Institute


Ten More Days To Enter The Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest

Children between the ages of 9-12 are invited to submit their short stories to any Mario’s Pizzeria or email them to

good-luckSubmission Deadline: Friday 11th November 2016

Please visit the CONTEST PAGE for further details.










Short Story Contest Launch at Mario’s Pizzeria

These are some of the photos from the second installment of the Trini Kids Can Write, Short Story Writing Contest. The contest was launched on Thursday 6th October 2016 at the Montrose branch of Mario’s Pizzeria. Children from Holy Family Preparatory and Edinburgh Government Primary School were selected to attend the launch and partake in a mini contest.

Similar to the first contest launch, the children, teachers, Mario’s staff and myself had an excellent time. The creativity of this group of children was very apparent from the first activity, ‘Finish The Story.’ I was impressed at how effortlessly the children were able to develop a complete story, not only spontaneously but with children they had never met. All the activities that followed proved to be just as entertaining and practically all everyone participated.

We closed with the mini contest that was only for the thirty-two children who were in attendance. Two winners will be surprised by Mr. Mario’s, at their school next week.

Please check the CONTEST page for submission details or contact me at for further details.

Trini Kids Can Write, Short Story Contest Begins Again

trini-kids-can-write-2-art-work-screen-landscapeOn Thursday 6th October 2016 Poui Publishing and Productions and Mario’s Pizzeria will launch the second instalment of their Trini Kids Can Write, Short Story Contest. Building on a very successful debut, Mario’s and Poui will once again present an opportunity for children ages 9-12 to win attractive prizes for their short stories.

This is an open contest, which means let your imagination run away with you. Everything will be accepted: Fables, folklore, science fiction, comedy, BE CREATIVE.

Good luck! There is no harm in trying. The contest is FREE and participants can submit their entries to any of Mario’s 20 locations nationwide or email them to

Be sure to visit the CONTEST page for the rules and an entry form which MUST be fastened to your entries.


This contest is approved by the Ministry of Education.


Winners!!!!!! – Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest

IMG_7345On behalf of Poui Publishing and Productions, Mario’s Pizzeria and Paradise Pulse I would like to congratulate all the children who enter our contest.

I know all too well how unnerving it is to have someone read your work. Do not feel discouraged if you did not place, there were a lot of great entries. Your efforts were appreciated and there are more contests to come.

The Winners Are:

1st. Place – Huzayfah Hosein (Home Schooled)

1st. Place – Emily-Jayn Knox (Holy Faith Preparatory – St. Monica’s)

2nd. Place – Abigail Pierre (The University School)

3rd. Place – Ivanna Khan (Holy Faith Preparatory – St. Monica’s)

Special congratulations to Huzayfah, Emily-Jayn, Abigail and Ivanna. You should be very proud of yourselves. Great job!


Las Cuevas author creates lasting memories through her books

This is a wonderful article that was written about me😆

Your life begins (again) today!

I met the author of Selima and the Merfolk – Vanessa Salazar on social media. Months later she attended my first Book Talk & Jazz. We later we sat down at Rust Street to do this interview for the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

Featured at the Bocas Lit Fest and several corporate sponsors backing her book, the author proves that dreams do come true and slow and steady wins the race. Success is relative but he/she who stays focused on their dream will surely get what’s theirs in time.

You have told me that I inspire you, but we are all here to learn from each other and no one is perfect, thanks for the inspiration Vanessa and good luck with your book series. Read the published version of the article here.

Visit to Blanchisseuse Government Primary School - photo credit - Louis Ramdhaniephoto credit – Louis Ramdhanie. Visit to Blanchisseuse Government Primary School

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