THE WRITTEN WORD: Poet and musician M'Bala views winning entries at the recent awards ceremony in New Kingston. Below, the newly published commemorative Gold Anthology.
Well-rounded Trelawny scribe Gloria Malcolm-Foster has emerged the Best Overall Writer in this year's Jamaica Creative Writing Competition, as organizers the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission continue to celebrate their 50th anniversary with fierce focus on all aspects of the performing and creative arts. In addition to claiming the top prize going at the November 5 ceremony (hosted by New Kingston's Knutsford Court Hotel), Malcolm-Foster earned gold and silver medals for her poems "Sometimes" and "Jack and Jill" and a merit award for her play GSAT.
In keeping with a rich tradition, each year the JCDC honours the most outstanding entrants in the literary competition (in categories of plays, short stories, playwrighting, novels and essay-writing by handing out trophies and medals ranging from gold, silver and bronze to certificates of merit -- as well as overall awards reserved for the creme-de-la-creme writers.
While Malcolm-Foster claimed first place, this year's runners-up (all gold medal recipients for poetry) include St. James' Ava-Gaye Barnett (2nd place, Outstanding Writer); Kingston's Ambrozene Simpson(3rd place, Special Writer), Nattalie Gordon of St. Catherine (4th Place, Choice Writer) and fifth place finishers Malachi Smith (Kingston) and Chadwick Foster (Trelawny) who were dubbed Noteworthy Writers.
Special mention must be made of Westmoreland's Rayon Simpson, who earned Best Adult Essayist for his entry "Multicultural Education"; Helen Williams, whose effort The Last of the Marogs secured her Best Intermediate Novelist, and the ever-prolific Basil Dawkins, who copped Best Adult Playwright for his amusingly titled piece My God Don't Wear Pajamas.