PRIZE WINNER: Culture minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange congratulates Fabian Thomas, who copped gold and bronze medals for his poetry in the 2010 Jamaica Creative Writing Competition.
In an era of widespread intellectual property theft, there is hardly any action more important to a serious writer than safeguarding his creative output. This in mind, culture minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange on Wednesday strongly urged awardees at the 2010 Jamaica Creative Writing Awards ceremony (hosted by the JCDC) at New Kingston's Knutsford Court Hotel to make a point of getting their works protected.
“It is important to protect your creative work. By joining JAMCOPY, you will be able to protect your work and earn from your work,” Grange said in her brief address to the audience gathered at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, as she offered warm congrats to the winners who took home medals, merit awards, trophies and cash prizes for their winning entries. “Your victories mean you are following in the paths of several great and eminent writers. Today you have the opportunity to build on a great legacy.”
Saluting the work of writers in the categories of poetry, short stories, novels, essays and plays, the JCDC handed out dozens of bronze, silver and gold medals to awardees from across the island, and special trophies to the top entrants in their respective categories. A multiple awardee for her short stories, Karen Hutchinson was named Best Overall Writer.
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WINNERS' CIRCLE: JCDC Executive Director, Grace Silvera (centre) poses with (from left): Claro Marketing Officer, Peta-Ann Hamilton, and top awardees in the 2010 Jamaica Creative Writing Competition - Karen Hutchinson, Diana McCaulay, Twanda Rolle and Person Clarke - at the annual awards ceremony, hosted at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Wednesday.