The Jamaican Writers Society, JaWS, has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Lignum Vitae Writing Awards.

Nine writers in three categories have been shortlisted for Jamaica’s biggest literary prize.

Those shortlisted for the Una Marson Award for Adult Literature are Patrick Brown for “The Cherry Picker”, Garfield Ellis for “The Angel’s Share”, Sylvia Gilfillian for “The Road to Timnath”, Donna Hemmans for “Tea by the Sea” and Kei Miller for “August Town”.

The finalists for the Vic Reid Award for Young Adult Literature are Paula Lennon’s “The Titchfield Turnabout” and Diana McCaulay’s “Gone to Drift”.

While the candidates for the Jean D’Costa Award for Children’s Literature are Janet Morrison for “A Different Me: A Better You” and Helen Williams for “Duppy in the Wardrobe”.

The winners of each category will share a 1-million dollar cash prize, which is the largest prize for literature in Jamaica.

The winners will be announced at a reception at the National Gallery of Jamaica on November 8.