It was a ladies’ evening last night when women swept away the top prizes given out for exemplary prose as the Frank Collymore Literary Awards celebrated its 20th anniversary of formally recognising the work of outstanding writers.
Not for the first time in the two decades of these awards, the panel of judges found no entry worthy of 1st prize, and Heather Barker picked up the 2nd prize with her collection of stories, highlighted by a piece titled, ‘The Plundering’.
Sonia Williams won the 3rd prize, which is also based on a collection, but in this instance it was poems under the shared title, ‘Her Bald Head Luminous’.
Shakirah Bourne copped the Prime Minister’s Award, a special prize for the top writer among those who put Barbados in a new, unexpected or unusual light. Her story is ‘Getting Back at Jack Taylor’.