National Independence Festival Of Creative Arts (Barbados)

The National Cultural Foundation of Barbados (NCF) hosts the National Independence Festival Of Creative Arts NIFCA celebrating Barbados’ anniversary of Independence via the arts: music, culinary, drama/speech, visual and of course literary. It has been launched for the last few years in September culminating in December, at the Awards Ceremony at Ilaro Court, The Prime Minister’s Residence. Contact the NCF for the annual schedule.

Forms are available from the NCF, Queen’s Park or upon request via email from Cultural Officer, Literary Arts – Ayesha Gibson-Gill (


Eligibility: Entrants must be Barbadian whether based in Barbados or overseas.

Final deadlines for literary arts are by the end of August.

For further information you may also call the Cultural Officer, Literary Arts at (246) 424-0909 Extn. 232


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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  6. maggie says:

    Where on earth can one get application forms. I am overseas and I find that almost every year I have difficulty. By now there should be an easily accessible/ available/ located site which can be downloaded without a problem and an easter egg hunt. Please help.

    • seawoman says:

      Hi Maggie:

      First of all SORRY I took so long. Somehow I missed your post. Unfortunately entries are closed for this year. But it’s not too early let to really polish up your work for 2013, since the bar is set pretty high.

      When in doubt, contact the Literary Arts Officer- who is now Ayesha Gibson-Gill @ She’d be happy to email it to you.

      Also, stay in touch with writers in Barbados by contacting me: joining FB Caribbean Writer or contacting me here.
      I agree they should make it easier to download but at the moment the NCF website seems to still be down. Budgets are tight (that’s probably why). I can relate since I used to work there.

      **Actually if you remind me for next year, a solution would be for me to get the electronic copy and upload it HERE! 🙂

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