25th Annual National Capital Writing Contest
Awards night is May 8th to honor the Short Story and Poetry winners and finalists
- 1st Prize: $500 sponsored by CAA–NCR
- 2nd Prize: $250 sponsored by The Ottawa Citizen
- 3rd Prize: $100 Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeebar
This year’s poetry category finalists are: Alison Griffith, Nepean - A Writer’s Page; Maureen Korp, King Edward Ave., Ottawa - Friday Afternoon; Joan McKay, Ulster Crescent, Ottawa – In the Beginning; Joan McKay, Ulster Crescent, Ottawa – In the Middle of this Century (Dust Covered); Carol Stephen, Carleton Place – Walking in Thomson’s Red Sumac, and Luminita Suse, Gloucester – Mammogram.
The short story category finalists are: Dick Bourgeois-Doyle, Felicity Crescent, Ottawa – Sylvain et Les Senateurs; James Hooper, Dorion Ave., Ottawa – The Shifting Sands; Roberta Jones, Rockhurst Road, Ottawa – The Stringhouse; Karen Massey, Glenora Street, Ottawa – Tar Man; Ken McBeath, Perth – Walking the Tunnel ; André Narbonne, Stewart Street, Ottawa – My mother is in shadow at the top of the stairs, and Miriam Sciala, Lanark – Music Mag.
“The National Capital Writing Contest is the biggest event of our program year,” says Sharyn Heagle, President – National Capital Region (Ottawa) Branch of the Canadian Authors Association.
The contest was open to any writer within the National Capital Region.
Heagle says that the CAA encourages writers to test their skills against some of the best writers in the National Capital area. “Becoming a finalist in this contest is validation of your abilities as a writer.”
The writing contest is blind-judged. Each manuscript is coded when received by the branch, and then forwarded to the judges, who are selected from across Canada.
Heagle says it’s exciting to see the friends and family members who come out to the Awards Night in support of the finalists. “Writing is a lonely occupation and having that sort of visible support is a blessing for any writer.”
The Awards Night event will be on Tuesday, May 8th at 7 p.m.in the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe at Laurier. A reception will follow.
Details will be up on the CAA website soon.
Info about our meetings is here: http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/meetings.shtml
Info about the contest is here: http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/awards.shtml#ncwc