The 2017 Literary Contest is on!
Presented in partnership with PineRidge Arts Council and Inkslingers
$1200.00 in Prize money!
Sponsored by Karen Giles
Sun Life Financial
Poetry and Prose – Prizes awarded in each category
1ST Prize $250 2nd Prize $150 3rd Prize $50
New for 2017! Youth Category Ages 12 to 18
1st Prize $100 2nd Prize $75 each 3rd Prize $50
Entry fee: $20 first entry in each category. $5 for subsequent entry in same category
Maximum 3 entries per genre. No fee for Youth entries.
Maximum 2500 words Prose, 100 lines Poetry (per poem)
- All entries must be EMAILED by midnight EST March 19, 2017.
- Include one cover page, regardless of number of entries submitted including
your name, complete mailing address, telephone number and email address.
- Only previously unpublished work may be entered. No simultaneous entries.
- Judging is blind. Do not print, type or write your name on the text pages of your entry.
Prose entries must be:
Typed and double spaced with a title
Page number on each page
NO author’s name on manuscript
Poetry entries must be:
Typed and single spaced
Poems that run more than 1 page need title and page number of each page
NO author’s name on manuscript
Online entries only
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS OF OUR JUDGES FOR 2017
The 2016 Scugog Council for the Arts
was a great success with thanks to our contestants, our judges and our sponsor.
Here are our results:
1st Place – Poetry – “in the sixth winter of the war” by John Lee
2nd Place – Poetry – “Olduvai” by Dorita Peer
3rd Place – Poetry – “Palliative Wing, Room 612-A” by Janis MacCallen
Honourable mentions in Poetry :
“Abate” by Erika Willeart
“Fault Line” by Janis McCallen
“Humber River in Spring” by Joanna Gail
“If I Stood Here” by Heather Parkinson
Here are the comments from our Poetry Judge, Barbara Hunt, on the winning entries:
First place – …in the sixth winter of the war
This piece was intriguing and evocative from the title onward as it used each short line in morsels to open and build layers into moments with specific, sensory details. In short, breathless and breathtaking!
Second place – Olduvai
This piece was intoxicatingly foreign to the reader’s ear – phrasings were lilting and sing-song with a rich, thick tapestry of images and details piled in dense and satisfying craft. Bravo!
Third place – Palliative Wing, Room 612-A
This piece uses a haunting specificity from the title onward. Delicious verbs inject life. Metaphors, similes and bold images stud the poem like jewels. The final stanza runs hot and cold; stark and steering in a final visceral thrust. Well done!
And here are Barbara’s comment on her Honorable Mentions:
Highlights are interesting word choices with great ‘mouth-feel’. It is short and crisp with the added swell of a ‘call & response’ feel.
Lovely candy images threaded throughout are almost saccharine by contrast. How wonderful to start with the larger world (ie room) moving past TV and rug to focus on the candy dish holding (once soft) shrivelled candies – the heart of the matter (like life, love, hopes and dreams). The movement carries the reader in captivating fashion.
Humber River in Spring
Images are soft, dreamy, rich and haunting. Word choices produce lovely ‘mouth-music’ that replicates the movement of water. Lovely.
1st Place – Prose – “The First Six Weeks” by Cheryl MacLean
2nd Place – Prose – “It’s Nothing” by Frances Turner
3rd Place – Prose – “Her Violin” by Suzanne Robinson
Honourable mentions in Prose:
“Stash Cash” by Greer Roberts
“The Soft Rumble of Victory” by Vera Constantineau
“Stranded” by Jerry Bonkowski, a youth entrant.
Here are comments from our Prose Judge, Heather Tucker on the winning entries:
First Place: The First Six Weeks
The First Six Weeks is a well-paced story, touching without veering into sentimentality. From the first line, ‘Granton was hungry’, the reader is drawn into the protagonist’s loss and loneliness. The writer skillfully weaves the mundane: hockey, beer, condolence casseroles, cleaning the fridge… with profound emotional pain and in doing so both tempers and exposes the grief; the eaves troughs need cleaning, maybe he’ll just let them fall off…
The bite and ‘crustiness’ of the dialogue is wonderful, alerting the reader to the anger and pain beneath the surface.
Skillfully crafted reflections of the mourned relationship are like added jewels: a rescued mouse, quizzies, first kiss, waterfall of hair, the buyer of Halloween treats. These brief glimpses make the present reality so poignant—mouse dirt in the fridge, toonies in the treat bags, an empty bottle of Jack…
Believable characters, a story well told, and a hint of magic at the end leaving the reader with a little hope.
Second Place: It’s Nothing
From the title to last word, the weightiness of ‘it’s nothing’ is felt from a young girl’s POV. Character development is wonderful in this story, from clueless adults, a bully of a stepfather, to a very likeable Jess. She is so believable as grade eight girl: insecure, daydreamy, hopeful, frightened, confused and insightful.
Through the use of well-placed details: Photoplay magazine, eight cylinder Ford Fairlane, frilly bathing suit, ducktail…the reader enters a fully realized world without ever being ‘told’ time or place. A time where women prepare the picnic and stay at the water’s edge while the men posture, swim and ogle the pretty girls.
This is a well-constructed story beautifully told with restraint, leaving the reader a little breathless at the end.
Third Place: Her Violin
Between ‘blue/orange flames of a good fire’ and ‘the lovely lilt of a Brahms lullaby’ the reader meets a child witnessing her mother’s descent, destruction and ultimate death. What is remarkable about this story is its lyricism, a music in the prose that remains pitch-perfect throughout. There is drama, but not melodrama. It is richly woven with sensual details: smoke lavender, scrapes, whoosh…so many notes that the reader hears, smells, feels. It’s a bittersweet story quietly told. Beautiful, really beautiful.
Here is what Heather had to say about her Honourable Mentions:
Honourable Mention: The Soft Rumble of Victory
Myra has been used, betrayed and cast aside for a younger woman, a familiar theme often explored in stories. What makes this one special is the use of plot, pace, surprise and resolution that leaves the reader feeling a smug cat-like contentment. It’s a small victory, but so satisfying.
Honourable Mention: Cash Stash
There’s an edginess to this story that leaves the reader shaking their head. Two ordinary middle-aged guys, somewhat juvenile and a little despicable. The writer deftly use pace and dialogue and lets the characters ride without imposing rules or judgment.
Youth Honourable Mention: Stranded
In Stranded the author uses all the elements of a good short story: character, dialogue, plot and setting to engage the reader. There’s risk, rescue and a hint of romance. Remarkable!
We had a fabulous afternoon of readings and celebrations at the SCA on May 28, 2016. A special thank you goes out to Libbie Burns, the President of the SCA for attending and to our Literary event sponsor Karen Giles of Sun Life Financial for supporting our efforts.
Of course what would the event be without our esteemed judges; Barbara Hunt and Heather Tucker and most of all, our talented entrants.
Thank you everyone.
Keep those pencils sharp for next year!