Kingston Jamaica: The top writers in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Jamaica Creative Writing Competition were awarded recently in a ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel. The annual awards ceremony saw over 90 outstanding amateur and professional Jamaican writers who entered their creative works in the categories: Poetry, Short Stories, Novels, Essays and Plays being awarded with cash prizes, certificates of merit, medals and trophies.
The crème of the crop awardees included: Collette D. Robinson, who was named the Best Overall Writer, while 2nd place went to Joseph Edwards, who was also named Outstanding Writer. The third place and Special Writer award was copped by Nickashie Hardware and 4th place and Choice Writer award given to Malachi D Smith. Noteworthy Writer, Novelette Smith was awarded 5th place.
Other top awardees at the August 14 awards ceremony included: Best Intermediate Essayist – Jeffery Johnson, Best Adult Essayist – Nardia Grant, Best Junior Short Story Writer – Dionne A. Brown, Best Intermediate Short Story Writer and Best Adult Short Story Writer – Sherroine Elliott, Best Adult Novelist – Antoinette Henry, Best Junior Poet – Novelette Smith, Best Intermediate Poet and Best Adult Poet – Collette D. Robinson.
“Each year we use the Jamaica Creative Writing Competition and Exhibition’s Award Ceremony celebrate the best that the ever-expanding Jamaican literary fraternity has to offer,” said Marketing and Public Relations Consultant at the JCDC, Andrew Clunis.
“These outstanding amateur and professional writers pour themselves into their creative works, and the JCDC stands committed to honoring that effort by unearthing, developing showcasing and preserving their noteworthy works,” Clunis continued.
Clunis also noted that entrants in the 2018 competition also had the opportunity to enter their essays under the sponsor’s National Integrality Action’s essay theme of “Promoting Integrity and Good Governance, Combatting Corruption”.
Organised by the JCDC, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Jamaica Creative Writing Competition has been one of the best channels of providing writers with the opportunity of recognizing and validating their writing talent, while showcasing and promoting writers and their original work.
The award-winning pieces of the 2018 Jamaica Creative Writing Competition are currently being showcased in the competition’s annual island-wide tour which will end in April 2019 and cover all 14 parishes. The winning pieces will be hosted in major and parish libraries to give members of the public the opportunity to appreciate and recognize the award-winning works.