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Literary Arts

The Jamaica Creative Writing Competition and Exhibition

The Literary Arts Programme is one of the best channels for recognizing writing talent, validating, showcasing and promoting the original works of writers through the Jamaica Creative Writing Competition & Exhibition. The competition is open in September each year to writers age 6 years and older, to submit works in the following categories: novel, essay, play, poetry and short story.

Professor Mervyn Morris, Dennis Scott, Olive Senior, Trevor Rhone, Hazel, Campbell, Diane Browne, Michael Reckord, Michael Bailey are some of the recognizable names, who have benefited from the exposure gained through the Competition.  

In partnership with the National Library of Jamaica and the Jamaica Library Service, the Commission exposes the winning works in the Jamaica Creative Writing Competition in each parish, maximizing the exposure of the awardees and their works and giving members of the public an opportunity to enjoy the best that Jamaica has to offer in creative writing.