Jersey Festival of Words writing competition winners announced

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THE winners of this year’s Jersey Festival of Words writing competition run in partnership with the Jersey Evening Post were announced at a ceremony yesterday [Sunday] at the Arts Centre.

Offering prizes both for fiction and for poetry, the competition formed an important element in this year’s festival which also drew to a close yesterday after five days’ intensive activity at the Howard Davis Park and a range of other public and school venues.

Festival vice-chair Paul Bisson – one of a panel of judges also comprising Jennifer Bridge, Simon MacDonald and the poet Traci O’Dea – expressed his thanks to the entrants in this year’s event and to those who provided the administrative support at the JEP.

‘The standard of entry was high across all categories, with tough judging decisions to be made. Our winners, though, are most certainly worthy and we’re delighted to be able to provide a platform for such exceptional home-grown talent,’ he said.

JEP editor Andy Sibcy said that the newspaper was delighted to be a partner in the event and to be able to support the successful writers by publishing their winning entries in a supplement this week.

‘The JEP has a long history of supporting Island writers and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the Jersey Festival of Words on a competition which provides opportunities to writers of both short fiction and poetry. I want to congratulate the successful writers and we look forward to seeing their work in print,’ he said.

Certificates and prizes were presented by writer Jem Calder and poet and judge Traci O’Dea.

lA supplement featuring all of the winning entries will be in Thursday’s JEP.

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