2019 NIFCA Literary Arts Form (Barbados)

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The National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) #literaryarts 2019 forms are (still) available!  This annual #artsfestival taking place in the last quarter of the year, is organized by the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados. Read the NIFCA story HERE. Of course NIFCA celebrates all other disciplines: performing arts (music, theatre & dance), culinary arts, film & photography, the visual arts & craft).

Forms for ALL the disciplines are HERE!

This year, under the patronage under our new Prime Minister, the Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, should be extra exciting, since she has long been an aficionado of The Arts and a past Minister of Culture. That the Hon. John King, a respected performing artist & songwriter, is the current Minister of Creative Economy, Culture & Sport, is a boon.


i) Deadline Extension – Intermediate & Adults : Per the Cultural Officer, Literary Arts, the extended deadline for entrants (age 7-16) is now Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 4:30 pm.

ii) Deadline Extension -Juniors: Per the Cultural Officer, Literary Arts, the extended deadline for entrants (age 7-16) is now Friday, October 4th 2019 at 4:30 pm. NB. The Following re: the entry form:

  • Each student’s name as Name of Participant, ID#, Mailing Address & Telephone(s) MUST be included on (1) form
  • Name of parent, teachers or guardian go into the Representative space along with contact info in indicated space
  • If 2 or more students work on a piece, they are treated as a ‘group’. Include their names in the certificate section. B) If any of these students is also entering individual work (ie. a separate form), again put down the title of the group piece

iii) Seawoman HUMBLY apologizes for the extremely late notice! (It was that kind of summer.)  NB. Monday, September 30, 2019 was the original deadline. Like last year, entry form must be done electronically, print out autoresponder with (4) hard copies of entries to be hand-delivered to NCF by 4:30 pm.

*NB Seawoman’s amended this in original post after double checking with NCF, the website info was a bit misleading. It’s been cleared up now. Hopefully, next year 2020 can be fully online.

Entry Fee: NONE

Eligibility: Citizens and legal residents of Barbados.

Prizes: Official certificates signed by the Prime Minister, an invitation to the Awards Ceremony (usually taking place in early December) and much more. Where applicable, cash, publishing and performance opportunities, scholarships and other incentive prizes are also available.

Literary Categories include:

  • Poetry
  • Plays/ Scripts (radio/ film/ tv/ One-act plays)
  • PROSE: Essays (ages 12+)
  • PROSE: Fiction (novel/ flash fiction/ children’s story/ short story/ creative non-fiction)/ editorial opinion
  • Unpublished Manuscripts (Poetry/Novels/ Novellas)
  • Published Books including e-books

NB.  Updates to Submission Process

  1. First, you must go online HERE to complete and submit your form(s).
  2. Then, mail or deliver (4) physical copies of your work as outlined in the rules by 4:30 pm on the deadline date.
  3. A printed copy of the autoresponder email MUST accompany the (4) physical copies delivered or mailed by 4:30 p.m on the deadline date.

So, read & re-read all the rules carefully (more than once), fine tune that unpublished work and get on it!

Submission Highlights

  • ELIGIBLE For Children (ages 7-16), Adult (Intermediate ages 18-24), Adult (Amateurs) and Adult (Professionals)
  • Work exploring any theme accepted but should primarily reflect contact with the Barbadian or Caribbean environment
  • Work is judged blindly (no names on scripts), except published work
  • ONE form per entrant. (Put ALL your subs on ONE form.)
  • All entries MUST be unpublished (except book entries) and original.
  • Plagiarism is taken VERY seriously. Parents/ teachers are to GUIDE rather than do the work for the juniors.
  • Work must be entered in quadruplicate (4 copies of each) with the entrant’s name appearing ONLY on the form.
  • If entering more than one category (ie. poetry & prose), all work must be entered by the earliest deadline
  • Entries may come from Professionals and Non-Professionals (Individuals/ Schools/ Groups)
  • Junior Entries are accepted from children aged 7 and older.  Junior entrants (under 18) must be signed by a parent, guardian or teacher.
  • Several special Incentive PRIZES include the annual Prime Minister’s Scholarship (valued at BDS$25,000.00) and The HIV AIDS Awareness Prize (BDS$750), Literary Arts School Shield +more
  • Recommended winning work will be published in an anthology

Deadlines for entries by 4:30 pm for physical entries with printed autoresponder notices.

  • Entries with required copies (4) accepted via: hand or mail by deadline to:
The Chief Executive Officer
National Cultural Foundation
West Terrace
St. James

General Queries re: NIFCA Literary Arts should be referred to:
the Cultural Officer, Literary Arts Ayesha Gibson-Gill
Tel: (246) 417-6625 or email: ayesha-gibson-gill@ncf.bb
 —Seawoman’s 2 cents: Highly recommended for ALL Bajan writers!
PLEASE READ ALL rules thoroughly – more than once.  I recommend printing them so you don’t miss anything. This will ensure you are NOT ineligible.




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