Junior Prose and Poetry Competition



  1. The name of the competition shall be the NIFCA Junior Prose and Poetry Competition and is organized and administered by the National Cultural Foundation (NCF).




  1. Persons wishing to enter the Competition must be:


  • A citizen of Barbados or
  • Legally resident in Barbados
  • Pursuing legal residence (evidence must be provided)


  1. Entrants in the competition must be at least 12 years old by September 1st 2022. No participant should be older than 16 years old by September 30th 2022.


  1. The NCF reserves the right to satisfy itself that the conditions relating to age are met.


  1. Participants must have their registration forms submitted by their teacher, parent or guardian.




  1. Participants must enter directly with the NCF by properly completing the NCF approved Entry Form online at NCF.BB and submitting the collection of literary work in PDF format via the same form.


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


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


  1. Submissions may include poetry and/or short stories.


  1. Each participant may submit no more than 5 poems and/or 2 short stories.


  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.”
  2. 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 In the event that work has been rewarded and is subsequently found to have been plagiarised, the reward will be rescinded and any monetary awards must be refunded by the participant.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) consecutive years.



  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. The National Cultural Foundation retains the first local publication rights to publish and edit recommended entries. 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 before 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 b) above.





  1. Each entry must be original and unpublished


  1. There should be only one entry form per person. In the case of collaborative entries, each contributing author should be clearly indicated on the registration form submitted.


  1. The entrant’s name should appear only on the entry form. It shall NOT appear on the work itself. Work with the author’s name printed on it will be disqualified.


  1. Each piece of prose must be no more than 2000 words in length. (The word length must be clearly stated at end of entry e.g. Word Count 1500)


  1. Pages for prose entries should be numbered with a word from the title and the page number. For example, page 7 of a work entitled Leaving Bridgetown might be marked “Bridgetown – 7”.


  1. The first page should not be numbered.


  1. Poetry entries should be single spaced.


  1. All entries should be neatly presented and clearly typed 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 prize. 




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 12 -16 Junior competition shall be judged in the following areas: 


I. 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.


II. PROSE FICTION: – Plot -sequential development of storyline, setting, mood; Command of Language- spelling and punctuation, use of figurative language, etc.; Characterisation- use of dialogue, character development, defined characters etc.; Impact- originality, overall textual structure, theme etc. (100 %)



The winning entries will be published by the NCF in a NIFCA Junior Anthology.



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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