Jamaican Writers Society is a professional organization consisting of Jamaican Writers of all genres of writing. This includes: Poets, Bloggers, Fiction Writers, Non-fiction Writers, Playwrights, Children Story Writers, Song Writers, etc.
Lignum Vitae Writing Awards
The Jamaican Writers Society (JaWS) and the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY) are collaborating to resuscitate the UnaMarson and Vic Reid Awards for adult and children’s literature respectively. These nationally instituted awards, by the now dormant National Book Development Council (NBDC) are being re-vitalized and re-imagined in order to stimulate the emergence of a new crop writers and writing in Jamaica.
The Awards were previously staged biennially from 1993 through to 2006 during which time they significantly impacted the careers of many writers. Under the auspices of the Book Development Council, at least two of the winning entries were published: Pam Mordecai’s Ezra’s Goldfish (Vic Reid Award, 1993) and Garfield Ellis’ Flaming Hearts and Other Stories (UnaMarson Award, 1993). The last winning title of the UnaMarson Award, Kei Miller’s novel The Last Warner Woman has also been published.
JaWS and JAMCOPY are seeking to build on the solid foundation laid down by the Book Development Council of Jamaica. The resuscitated awards will now come under the general nomenclature of the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards, a name which artfully emanates the national stature of the awards as well as symbolizes the elements of strength and beauty of the writing we wish to uncover and showcase.
The awards, which will be presented biennially, are intended to encourage original, high quality, creative work. Writers at all stages in their career are eligible for entry. In this first year, the award will only be open to works of fiction and creative non-fiction, with a view to accepting other genres in the future.
Summary of Rules of Entry:
Three panels, comprising three jurors for each award, will adjudicate the awards. The judging panel will comprise respected members of the Jamaican and Caribbean literary community.
The Jamaican Writers Society
The Jamaican Writers Society is a dynamic, industrious, professional organization for writers across all media, working exclusively for the benefit of its members and contributing to Jamaica’s cultural development. JaWS aims to have and promote a thriving community of Jamaican writers, creating works of literary and artistic merit and contributing to the cultural and national development of Jamaica.
The Competition –