Frank Collymore Literary Endowment (Barbados)

The Frank Collymore Literary Endowment is the premier annual literary contest in Barbados with a grand first prize of BDS$10,000.

Barbadian writers from anywhere in the world may enter unpublished manuscripts.  The annoucement of the winners is kept under wraps until the ceremony held at the Grande Salle of the Central Bank, Bridgetown in early January- which coincides with the anniversary of  Frank Collymore’s birthday.

Note the following will also be required:

  • proof of citizenship or of permanent residence status (of Barbados)
  • a copy of the work on disc for archive purposes would be appreciated.

In addition, there is a John Wickham Prize for Best Young Writer (age 21 and under )

Deadline is every August 31st.

Online brochure and entry form Click HERE.  Forms can also be collected from the Central Bank of Barbados.


Sandra Sealy is Principal Consultant & Writer for Seawoman Creative Media - Her background in public relations in marketing combined with her strong creative writing skills have ably prepared her as a freelance writer/ editor. Sandra covers a number of niches like copy for brochures and websites, advertorials, restaurant and book reviews, press releases, feature and cover stories, pictorial text and more. Sandra's work has been widely anthologised. Some of her writing credits include: CALABASH: A Caribbean Journal of Arts & Letters (USA) ; Arts Etc (Barbados); Her Circle; Caribbean Writing Today (ezine); POUI: The Cave Hill Literary Annual of the University of the West Indies (Barbados); Wedding Guide Barbados; SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia); Urban Entertainment (USA); In Paradise Magazine:Barbados (Writer/Editor) and the Nation Newspaper (Barbados). Her dèbut spoken-word CD single- "Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-Word Single" (Butterfly Creative Productions/Kolaiah Studios 2003)-was launched on the luxurious Freewinds Cruise Ship in January 2003. The Aquarian was backed by the celebrated Freewinds Band and Dominican singing sensation Michele Henderson. Top Barbadian musicians who also were featured in her CD shared the stage: saxophonist extradordinaire (Chris Harper (founder of "Cool Jazz'); beloved Bajan diva Tamara Marshall and multi-awarding winning Dwain Gill (on trombone). The CD was favourably reviewed in Listen to Seawoman's acclaimed 2-track music set by clicking on the link below. You can read samples of Sandra's work at

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