Three finalists were selected from among submissions of both published books and unpublished manuscripts. The finalists are:
- Lisa Allen-Agostini (Trinidad & Tobago),Waiting for the Bus – manuscript
- Kevin Jared Hosein (Trinidad & Tobago),The Beast of Kukuyo – manuscript
- Viviana Prado-Nunez (Puerto Rico/USA),The Art of White Roses – self-published book
The finalists were selected by a jury administered by the Bocas Lit Fest and made up of writing, publishing and educational professionals with expertise in young adult literature.