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Lignum Vitae Writing Awards Winners for 2015 Revealed

The competition received forty three (43) entries across three categories, from which nine remarkable entries were selected for the finalists, and eventually the three winners.

Janet Morrison’s short story collection, A Different Me: A Better You, took top prize for the Jean D’Costa Award for children’s literature while Diana McCaulay’s, Gone to Drift earned the Vic Reid Award for young adult literature. The Una Marson Award for adult Literature went to Donna Hemans for her novel Tea By The Sea. The winners of the Jean D’Costa and Vic Reid prizes earns J$250,000 while the winner of the Una Marson prize earns J$500,000

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Lignum Vitae Writing Awards Winners Revealed

The winners of the inaugural Lignum Vitae Writing Awards were revealed at a literati studded awards event on Friday November 6, at the National Gallery of Jamaica. The highly anticipated event was presented by the Jamaican Writers Society (JaWS) in partnership with the Jamaican Copyright and Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY).

The Lignum Vitae Writing Awards whose mandate is to further stimulate and develop Jamaica’s literary landscape through the promotion and celebration of new Jamaican writing seem poised to do just that.

The competition received forty three (43) entries across three categories, from which nine remarkable entries were selected for the finalists, and eventually the three winners.

Janet Morrison’s short story collection, A Different Me: A Better You, took top prize for the Jean D’Costa Award for children’s literature while Diana McCaulay’s, Gone to Drift earned the Vic Reid Award for young adult literature. The Una…

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5 Things Nobody Tells You About a Writing Career

You need to accept from the start that you have very little control. You can polish your work as much as you can, read everybody and educate yourself as an author; attend seminars; find a terrific mentor; network like crazy; get a top agent and even land a book contract with a great publisher–but what happens to your book once it’s born will seem completely random at times.

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When I published my first short story in Redbook after winning a prize, I thought my career was set.  I was my MFA program’s star (that year, anyway); I’d made a lot of money for a graduate student through the prize and the magazine; I was getting fan mail and queries from agents.  But even though I’d spent over two years in the program, nobody told me what my career could be like.  When I got my degree I was completely ignorant of key aspects of the writing life, with no idea what was ahead of me.  I learned five key things the hard way.

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