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Writers wanted - Annual Jamaica Creative Writing Competition 2014 now open

Published:Monday | April 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Executive director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, Delroy Gordon (left), presents a trophy to Best Junior Poet in the JCDC 2013 Jamaica Creative Writing Competition, Ava-gay Bennett. - JIS


Professional and amateur writers are being encouraged to submit their work for the annual Jamaica Creative Writing Competition 2014, organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).

The deadline for entry is Wednesday, April 30, and forms and guidelines are available at the JCDC's website or at any JCDC parish office.

Applicants must also submit three hard copies of their work, along with the completed entry form.

Speech, drama and literary arts specialist, JCDC, Andrew Brodber, told JIS News that the competition is open to Jamaicans of all ages.

"We welcome the submission of entries for any theme; there is no limitation, so persons can enter the five genres that we offer, whether it is a play, poem, novel, short story or essay. We really welcome different entries from the different ages," he said.

The competition will receive entries in three classes, namely: Junior (under 12), Intermediate (under 17) and adult (18 and older).

Brodber said there were plans by the JCDC to hold workshops for writers and playwrights later this year.

"There is a need to work with some of our younger playwrights to get them to hone their craft. So we are in discussion with some of our judges, who have offered themselves to conduct training. We are going to be opening our doors to train some of our amateur writers," said Brodber.

Brodber appealed to young writers to enter the competition, noting that it was an opportunity for their work to be evaluated.

"Most of our top writers came through this channel, and we are still here offering what many are unable to offer, and that is expert opportunity for persons to know what their work merits," he said.

Brodber mentioned past awardees from the competition, including Dionne Jackson-Miller, Professor Mervyn Morris and Basil Dawkins. He said some of these writers have had their short stories published in the JCDC Gold Anthology released in November last year.

"You are a writer. There is a writer in you. Bring out that work and let's see just what the judges think about it. You have nothing to lose. In fact, you have everything to gain, because you will get an opportunity to see how other persons consider your work," he added.