First-time entrant, Yvonne Mary Selina Weekes, won the 2004 Frank Collymore Literary Competition sponsored by the Central Bank of Barbados.
The winner from a list of nearly thirty Barbadian writers in this annual competition sponsored by the Central Bank of Barbados, Weekes received BDS$10,000 for her work, Volcano.
Well-known poet and English teacher, Esther Phillips, won the second prize of BDS$7,000 for her collection of poems, Nexus. Another collection of poems, Prelude to the Dimensions of Silence won the third prize of BDS$3,000 for Kerry André Belgrave, who won a gold award in the 2004 National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Literary Competition.
The Prime Minister’s Award, sponsored by the Prime Minister’s Office, was won by Reynold Colin Field. The judges were also impressed with the work of Mark Jason Welch, third prize winner in 2003; Sonia Williams; Christopher White and Michael Gilkes. Each was accorded an honorable mention. The winners were presented with their prizes at an Awards Ceremony in the Inner Courtyard of the Tom Adams Financial Centre on January 8, 2005. The Central Bank of Barbados established the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment in 1998 to assist in the promotion of the literary arts in Barbados. Writers are encouraged to start preparing for the 2005 competition. Unpublished entries should be submitted to the Chairman, Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Committee no later than August 31, 2005. Queries may be directed to the Chairman, Andy Taitt, at email@example.com or Novaline Brewster at firstname.lastname@example.org.