Lignum Vitae Awards Shortlist Announced

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Tanya Batson-Savage (Susumba) writes about the shortlist for the 2017 Lignum Vitae Writing Awards. Six writers, two of whom are making their return the list, have been selected for the 2017 Lignum Vitae Writing Awards, a trio of biennial prizes presented by the Jamaica Writers Society (JaWS) and the Jamaica Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY). The winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Friday, November 24, 2017, at 6:00pm at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Here are excerpts from Susumba:

The six shortlisted manuscripts have been split between the Una Marson Award for Adult Literature – which boasts four, and the Jean D’Costa Award for Children’s Literature, which features two shortlisted manuscripts. No manuscripts were shortlisted for the Vic Reid Award for Young Adult Literature.

[. . .] The 2017 awards were adjudicated by three panels of judges. Academic Dr. Michael Bucknor chaired the Una Marson panel which also comprised novelist Stephanie Saulter and publisher Ian Randle. The Vic Reid Award panel featured writer and editor Dr. Kim Robinson-Walcott (chair) and writers Lynn Joseph and Diane Browne. The Jean D’Costa award was adjudicated by poet and novelist Jean Goulbourne and academic Aisha Spencer (chair). [. . .]

The Shortlists:

The Jean D’Costa Award for Children’s Literature 

Marvin Matthews and the Magical Abeng by Nicardo McLean

Lost in the Cockpit Country by Helen Williams

The Vic Reid Award for Young Adult Literature

High Commendation – Seventeen Lashes by Dionne Brown (collection of stories)

The Una Marson Award for Adult Literature

Land We Love by Garfield Ellis

Loving Jamaica: An Exploration of Place by Diana Macaulay

The Long Way Back Home by Robert McCarthy

Girls in Trouble: Stories by Sharon Leach

[Photo above: Tanya Batson-Savage and Kim Robinson-Walcott announce 2017 Lignum Vitae Awards.]

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