Adults Short Story and Poetry Challenge



  1. The name of the competition shall be the NIFCA Short Story and Poetry Challenge and is organized and administered by the National Cultural Foundation (NCF).


These rules apply to those persons wishing to enter the competition.




  1. Persons wishing to enter the Competition must be:


  • A citizen of Barbados or
  • Legally resident in Barbados
  • Pursuing legal residence


  1. Participants in the competition must be at least 18 years old by September 1st 2022


  1. The following are eligible to participate in the Competition:
  • Individuals
  • Groups




  1. Participants must enter directly with the NCF by properly completing the NCF approved Entry Form online at NCF.BB and submitting their short stories or poems in PDF format via the same form.


  1. The author’s name should not be stated on the manuscript.


  1. Online entry forms should be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. by Monday, October 31st 2022


  1. Entrants who fail to register by the deadline indicated at 3 c) above shall not be eligible for participation in the Competition.


  1. Upon registration the participant shall immediately receive notice by email confirming receipt of the entry.
  2. The work may explore any theme, but should reflect contact/ dialogue with the Barbadian or Caribbean environment or character origin.


  1. Entry to the competition is open to individuals or groups.  All group entries must be submitted by the designated leader of the group. The name of a second representative of the group must be indicated at registration. If individual authors are to be credited, this must be clearly indicated on the entry form.


  1. The NCF reserves the right to use any means deemed necessary and suitable to determine that the work submitted is in fact the work of the entrant, without significant help/instruction from a parent/guardian/teacher/other. This includes but is not limited to requesting samples of other works by the entrants, interviews with the entrant, etc.


  1. Entries for the Literary Arts must be delivered in Standard Caribbean English, OR Barbadian OR other Caribbean English variety. Original material of high quality and innovation is encouraged


  1. All entries to the competition should be original work. Where there is a complaint that an entry does not conform to this requirement, the complainant should produce evidence to support the complaint. The competitor should also be prepared to present evidence of originality, where necessary.


  1. The penalty for submitting unoriginal work shall be disqualification of the work from the Competition. Participants found to have entered plagiarised work will be disqualified in full from the Competition. In addition, the participant may be barred from entering the NIFCA Literary Arts Competition for the next two (2) consecutive years.


  1. In the event that work has been rewarded and is subsequently found to have been plagiarised, the reward will be rescinded and any monetary awards must be refunded by the participant.  Additionally, the participant may be barred from entering the NIFCA Literary Arts Competition for the next two (2) years.


  1. Any person who makes a submission or participates in this competition thereby agrees to grant the National Cultural Foundation first local publication rights to publish and edit recommended entries.




  1. Prior to the deadline for submission of Entry Forms, the NCF shall appoint an Arbiter to decide and adjudicate on any appeals, complaints and matters in dispute or requiring clarification arising from these Rules.


  1. All complaints related to the Competition should be submitted, in writing, to the Arbiter, in a sealed envelope addressed as follows:


The Arbiter

National Cultural Foundation

West Terrace

St. James


  1. All decisions made by the Arbiter shall be final and binding on the competitors and the NCF.






  1.   A panel of Judges shall be selected for the adjudication of the Competition.


  1. The NCF shall determine the composition of the panel of judges and shall appoint a member of the panel to be Chief Judge.


  1. The names of the Judges shall be publicly announced at the commencement of the Competition.


  1. All queries regarding the Competition’s adjudication process and/or outcome should be directed to the Arbiter as outlined in 4 a) above





  1. Each entry must be original and unpublished.


  1. The individual or group’s name should appear only on the entry form. It should NOT appear on the work itself. Work with the authors name printed on it will be disqualified.


  1. All entries should be neatly presented with a font size of a minimum of 10 in Arial Font or 12 in Times New Roman.


  1. No computer graphics or any designs are to appear on the entered pieces.


  1. Judges will read all qualifying entries.


  1. The National Cultural Foundation reserves the right not to award any prizes.




The participant agrees that the NCF shall be entitled to use his/her entry in whole or in part, and/or his/her image or likeness in the promotion of the competition and other related NIFCA events.





Entries in the NIFCA Adults Short Story and Poetry Challenge will be judged in the following areas:


I. Short Story: – Originality, interpretation of subject, rendering of ideas creative use of language, Use of poetic devices, attention to form (100%)



2. Poetry: – Originality, interpretation of subject, rendering of ideas creative use of language, Use of poetic devices, attention to form (100%)


a) Entrants submitting limericks and Haiga/Haikus must submit a collection of 2 poems which will constitute being counted as one poem.




Short Story


  1. The winning entrant will receive a professionally recorded audiobook of their short story.


  1. The entrant will retain the rights to the audiobook.



  1. The top 20 poetry submissions received will be featured in an NCF produced Audiobook where it will be recorded as performed to music.


  1. The entrant(s) will retain the rights to their poetry.


General queries should be directed to CO- Literary Arts at the National   Cultural Foundation at telephone number 417-6625, or email








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