Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Northwestern Ontario Writers' Workshop Awards Night

It started with great conversation, a fun quiz about books and writers with book prizes, a superb buffet and then the announcements began.  Amy Jones from NOWW was the capable MC. As each winner was announced, the judge's comments were read. Louise Penny, the judge of the mystery section,  was particularly complimentary in her comments on Sue Blot's  story which won first prize in that category. After the winners were announced for each category, a reader gave us a taste of the first prize work.  This whetted my appetite for the entire piece.

 Luckily they will be published in NOWW magazine. I can hardly wait.

Announcing the winners of NOWW's 15th Annual Writing Competition!

Mystery (Judged by Louise Penny)
1. Whittling Time: Sue Blott (Thunder Bay)
2. Cracking the Case of Humpty Dumpty: Chelle Martin (South Amboy, NJ)
3. Dead Dreams: Sharon Irvine (Thunder Bay)

Sue Blott took two firsts: in poetry and in mystery.

Personal Essay (Judged by Jake MacDonald)
1. The Origin of Love: Joan Baril (Thunder Bay)
2. My Mother’s Pact with God: J. F. (Jim) Foulds (Thunder Bay)
3. Why I Moved to Canada: Elena Kerkelova (Cochenour/Red Lake, ON)

Poetry (Judged by Susan Glickman)
 1. Shades of Yellow: Sue Blott (Thunder Bay)
2. The Bush Girl: Francis Koning (Jellicoe, Ontario)
3. Death by HIV/AIDS: Gail Linklater (Shuniah, Ontario)

Fiction (Judged by Angie Abdou)
 1. Trail of the Wolf: Jayne Barnard (Calgary, Alberta)
2. Over the Curve: John Pringle (Atikokan, Ontario)
3. At the Root of the Family Tree: Bonnie Tittaferrante (Thunder Bay)

The Sheila Burnford Award went to The Ontario Arts Council which has helped so many writers in Northwestern Ontario.

Marilyn McIntosh of the local office of the Ontario Arts Council

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