JCDC, Claro honour top writers
More than 50 of the island's writers were awarded at the National Creative Writing Competition 2010 awards ceremony hosted last Wednesday by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).
Culture Minister Olivia Grange lauded the writers, telling them they should feel proud to follow in the footsteps of great Jamaican writers such as Trevor Rhone and Mervyn Morris.
She further instructed the awardees to get their literary work registered with JAMCOPY, saying, "I encourage you not only to keep writing, but also to protect and earn from your work."
Karen Hutchinson won the evening's top award of Best Overall Writer.
"I would have been satisfied with gold, but I am overjoyed at the result," she said. A 37-year-old entrepreneur, Hutchinson said she felt encouraged by the recognition and added that a collection of short stories would be her next major project. Representing major sponsor Claro, Marketing Officer Peta-Ann Hamilton congratulated Hutchinson and presented her with $50,000 and a phone.
Other top awardees, including Diana McCaulay - Outstanding Writer, Ditta Sylvester - Special Writer, Twanda Rolle - Choice Writer, and Pearson Clark - Noteworthy Writer, also received cash and handsets from Claro, along with other prizes.
Among the top class and category winners were Twanda Rolle - Best Junior Poet, Sabrena McDonald - Best Intermediate Poet, Pearson Clarke and Seon K Lewis - Best Adult Poet, Helen Williams - Best Junior Short Story Writer, Ann Margaret Lim - Best Intermediate Short Story Writer, Jean L Goulbourne - Best Adult Short Story Writer, Diana McCaulay - Best Novelist, and McDonald who also won Best Playwright.
The winning works will be showcased at parish libraries across the island in the 2010 National Creative Writing exhibition which started November 18 at the National Library in Kingston.
CAPTION: The winners' circle: Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Executive Director Grace Silvera (centre) poses with (from left) Claro marketing officer, Peta-Ann Hamilton, and top awardees in the 2010 National Creative Writing Competition - Karen Hutchinson, Diana McCaulay, Twanda Rolle and Pearson Clarke - at the annual awards ceremony hosted at the Knutsford Court Hotel last Wednesday. - Contributed Photo