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JCDC to Incorporate Road Safety in Creative Writing Competition

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth & Culture, has partnered with the National Road Safety Council for the 2015 Jamaica Creative Writing Competition. Through this partnership writers are encouraged incorporate the theme “Road Safety Responsibility” with an emphasis on pedestrian safety in their entries. This initiative is to raise the awareness regarding road safety amongst Jamaicans.

The agreement was signed recently at the JCDC Head Office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue. Entrants in the 2015 Jamaica Creative Writing Competition has the opportunity to win cash incentives courtesy of the National Road Safety Council.

According to Stephen Davidson, JCDC Director Marketing & Public Relations, “this is a great partnership and JCDC welcomes the initiative with the National Road Safety Council to spread the message of using the road safely. He further stated that Jamaicans love to express themselves in a creative way and this is a perfect avenue in which they can do so using this theme”.

The Jamaica Creative Writing Competition encourages writers to sharpen their skills in Standard English or Jamaican Dialect through Poems, Essays, Short Stories, Plays and Novels. The JCDC is inviting professional and amateur writers to submit their entries in three classes: Junior (U-12), Intermediate (U-17) and Adult (18 and older).The winners are awarded cash, certificates of merit, medals, trophies and other prizes as an incentive for showcasing their talents. The award-winning pieces are also taken on an islandwide exhibition tour, so that others can enjoy the outstanding works.

Entry forms are available on the JCDC website: www.jcdc.gov.jm, at its Head Office located at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10 and all JCDC parish offices island-wide. Entries must be sent via email to library@jcdcj.gov.jm then three hardcopies along with the completed entry form are to be submitted to any JCDC Office. The deadline for entry is Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Signing of the Agreement: Paula Fletcher (second left), Executive Director and Andrew Brodber (right), JCDC Speech & Literacy Arts Development Specialist and Acting Drama Development Specialist. Looking on are Victor Anderson (left), Coordinator for NRSC’s and Stephen Davidson, JCDC Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

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