Poet Laureate and Helen Zell Poetry Competition - The National Library of Jamaica

The Poet Laureate of Jamaica and Helen Zell

Young Writer's Prize for Poetry

The Poet Laureate of Jamaica and Helen Zell:

Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry

 

The National Library of Jamaica is proud to announce the establishment of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica and Helen Zell Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry. The winner of the prize will receive $1,000 US dollars, as well as an invitation to participate in an award ceremony to be held in Kingston on March 21, 2018 – World Poetry Day Jamaica. This cash prize is funded by the Helen Zell Writer’s Program at the University of Michigan to recognize talented young Jamaicans with an interest in pursuing a career in poetry.

The Poet Laureate of Jamaica and Helen Zell Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry affords shortlisted applicants the opportunity to have their work appraised by staff and students of the prestigious and highly competitive Master of Fine Arts writing program at the University of Michigan. The program boasts a faculty of award winning poets and fiction writers.

The Poet Laureate of Jamaica program is administered by the National Library of Jamaica.

Eligibility

  • The prize is open to Jamaican nationals between the ages of 17-25 who are interested in pursuing a career in the writing of poetry
  • The submitted poems must be the original work of the applicant
  • Poems may be written on any subject of the applicant’s choosing
  • Poems submitted for this prize should not have been previously published

Submission Requirements

  • Each applicant is required to submit:
  1. a portfolio of three (3) to six (6) original poems (poems should be typed on plain paper)
  2. a completed application form
  3. a copy of a government-issued photo identification (e.g. passport, driver’s license)

 

Application forms are available at www.nlj.gov.jm

  • Portfolios should be submitted in a sealed envelope to:

Poet Laureate of Jamaica Programme
National Library of Jamaica
12 East Street
Kingston

 

The deadline for submission is December 15, 2017.

Judging and Selection

  • Judging will be conducted in two rounds. The first round will be carried out by a panel at the National Library of Jamaica.
  • Shortlisted submissions will be sent to the Helen Zell Writer’s Program at the University of Michigan for the final round of judging.
  • The decision of the judges is final and unanimous
  • The winner will be announced in late February 2018

For further information, please contact:
poetlaureate@nlj.gov.jm
National Library of Jamaica
12 East Street
Kingston
Tel: (876) 967-1526, 967-2516, 967-2494, 967-2496