Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde

The Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde (or, the Prix Carbet of the Caribbean and Tout-Monde) is an annual award given to the best literary work in French or French Creole from the Caribbean and the Americas.

Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde
Awarded forBest literary work in French or French Creole from the Caribbean or the Americas
Presented byInstitut du Tout-Monde
First awarded1990
Currently held byLe Rêve de William Alexander Brown by Gerty Dambury
WebsitePrix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde


The Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde was founded at the initiative of the Carbet journal in 1990. It aims to promote creole writing and to contribute to a better understanding of the processes of creolization. It rewards works depicting the unity and diversity of the cultures of the Caribbean and the Americas. It is awarded annually in December. As of 2013 it is worth €5000.

Between 1994 and 2006, the prize was administered by Gérard Delver and the Association Tout-Monde de Guadeloupe. From 2007, it has been administered by the Institut du Tout-Monde.

The prize ceremony rotates between Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Île-de-France.


Works in any genre are acceptable to compete for the award. They should have been published between 1 October of the previous year and 30 September of the year of award. They should have been written either in French or Creole, or translated into these languages. The deadline for submission is 1 October of the year of award.

The jury meets in camera in December, and the announcement of the award is made the same month.


From inception till 2011, the prize was managed by Edouard Glissant, who selected and presided over the jury.

From 1989 to 2009,Maximilien Laroche was a one of the members of the jury.

In 2011, Patrick Chamoiseau was elected as the president of the prize.

The 2013 jury comprised:

  1. Ernest Pépin (Guadeloupe), Jury President
  2. Patrick Chamoiseau (Martinique)
  3. Alexandre Rodolphe (French Guiana)
  4. Michael Dash (Trinidad)
  5. Samia Kassab-Charfi (Tunisia)
  6. Diva Damato Barbaro (Brazil)
  7. Miguel Duplan (Martinique)
  8. Lise Gauvin (Quebec)
  9. Nancy Morejon (Cuba)
  10. Romuald Fonkoua (Paris)
  11. Évelyne Trouillot (Haiti)


In 2009, Edouard Glissant and the award committee announced that they would give the prize not to a book or an oeuvre of an author, but rather for a "lifetime of work, possibly to the work of the spirit", and awarded it to an anti-colonial civil servant, Alain Plénel. The decision raised questions about the suitability of a politician for a literary award.[1]


Year Author(s) Work English Ref.(s)
1990 Patrick Chamoiseau Antan d'Enfance Childhood (trans. Carol Volk) [2]
1991 Dany Laferrière L'odeur du café An Aroma of Coffee (trans. David Homel) [3][4]
1992 Daniel Boukman Pawol bwa sèk [5]
1993 Gisele Pineau La Grande Drive des esprits The Drifting of Spirits (trans. Michael Dash) [6]
1994 Raphaël Confiant L'allée des Soupirs [7]
1995 Émile Ollivier Les Urnes Scellées [3][8]
1996 Félix Morisseau-Leroy For collected works [3][9]
1997 Maryse Condé Desirada Desirada (trans. Richard Philcox) [10]
1998 René Depestre For collected works [3]
1999 Edwidge Danticat La récolte douce des larmes (trans. Jacques Chabert) The Farming of Bones [3]
2000 Jacqueline Picard O fugitif
2001 Serge Patient For collected works [11]
2002 Frankétienne H'éros-chimères [3][12]
2003 Monchoachi For collected works
2004 Jamaica Kincaid Mr. Potter (trans. Juan Castillo Plaza) Mr. Potter
2005 Henri Corbin Sinon l'enfance
2006 Georges Castera Le trou de souffleur and L'Encre est ma demeure [3][13]
2007 Miguel Duplan L'Acier
2008 Simone Schwarz-Bart, André Schwarz-Bart For collected works [14]
2009 Alain Plénel For anti-colonialism and humanism [15]
2010 Evelyne Trouillot La mémoire aux Abois [16]
2011 Leonardo Padura L'homme qui aimait les chiens (trans. René Solis, Elena Zayas) The Man Who Loved Dogs (trans. Anna Kushner) [17]
2012 Karla Suarez La Havane, année zéro (trans. François Gaudry) [18]
2013 Lyonel Trouillot Parabole du failli [3]
2014 Fabienne Kanor Faire l'aventure [19]
2015 Gerty Dambury Le Rêve de William Alexander Brown [20]


  1. "Edouard Glissant Faces Criticism for the Prix Carbet choice". Repeating Islands. 25 December 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  2. Knepper, Wendy (2012). Patrick Chamoiseau: A Critical Introduction. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. xii. ISBN 978-1-61703-155-7.
  3. Dieulermesson Petit Frere (18 December 2013). "Lyonel Trouillot, lauréat du Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe". Le Nouvelliste (in French). Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  4. Brian Busby (16 November 2009). "Dany Laferrière". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  5. Eric Mansfield (2006). La Symbolique du regard: regardants et regardés dans la poésie antillaise d'expression française (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyane; 1945–1982 (in French). Editions Publibook. p. 365. ISBN 978-2-7483-7414-8.
  6. Nadege Veldwachter (2004). "An Interview with Gisele Pineau". Research in African Literatures. 35 (1): 180. doi:10.1353/ral.2004.0034.
  7. Belinda Edmondson (1 January 1999). Caribbean Romances: The Politics of Regional Representation. University of Virginia Press. p. 150. ISBN 978-0-8139-1822-8.
  8. "Émile Ollivier". Académie des lettres du Québec. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  9. Rodney Saint-Élo (25 February 2003). "Félix Morisseau-Leroy". Île en île. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  10. "Maryse Condé". Île en île. 17 November 1998. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  11. Kathleen Gyssels (3 September 2003). "Serge Patient". Île en île. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  12. Jean Jonassaint (17 October 1999). "Frankétienne". Île en île. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  13. Rodney Saint-Éloi (30 September 2003). "Georges Castera". Île en île. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  14. Kathleen Gyssels (17 October 2013). "Simone Schwarz-Bart" (in French). Île en île. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  15. Edwy Plenel (15 December 2009). "La surprise du Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe" (in French). Mediapart. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  16. Elena Wink (28 December 2010). "Evelyne Trouillot Prix Carbet 2010". Carib Creole News. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  17. Philippe Triay (19 December 2011). "Le Prix Carbet pour le romancier cubain Leonardo Padura" (in French). FranceTvInfo. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  18. "La escritora cubana Karla Suárez, galardonada con el Premio Carbet del Caribe 2012". Cuba Encuentro (in Spanish). Madrid. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  19. Philippe Triay (19 December 2014). "Le prix littéraire Carbet 2014 attribué à la Martiniquaise Fabienne Kanor". Outre-mer 1ère. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  20. Philippe Triay (23 January 2016). "L'écrivaine guadeloupéenne Gerty Dambury lauréate du prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde". Outre-mer 1ère. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
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