The National Library of Jamaica is proud to announce the second cycle of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica 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, 2019 – 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 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.
- 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