The Scugog Council for the Arts celebrated excellence in the literary arts at the SCA Literary Contest awards reception held June 3 at the Scugog Arts Resource Centre. The SCA Literary Contest , now in its second year, accepted 35 entries from writers in short story prose and poetry in both adult and youth categories. This year the SCA partnered with the Writers Circle of Durham Region, one of Canada’s most vibrant writers’ organizations inviting guild president, Sue Reynolds to be guest juror for the contest. Ms. Reynolds and SCA juror, Christy Chase were both very impressed by the quality of the entries, commenting on the strength and diversity of the work that was submitted. Presentations were made by guest presenter, Lynn Philip Hodgson, Township of Scugog Councillor and author of the well known Camp X series on behalf of the SCA, the WCDR and Durham MPP John O’Toole.

The contest also attracted the support of local businesses and artists, who provided prizes and donations to this event, in addition to the cash awards presented to the winners. The SCA thanks Books Galore, Kirsty Naray, Mike Stamper, Richard Simpson, and What If? Magazine for their contributions to the prize packages; The Nutty Chocolatier and Ocala Winery for their support of the awards reception; Surfacing Magazine for printing winning entries in an upcoming issue; and the ongoing support of the Township of Scugog and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Details on next year’s SCA Literary Contest will be available in January 2011. For more information, visit the SCA at

2010 SCA Literary Contest Winners

Youth Poetry
1st- Whitest by Brenna Williamson, Port Perry
2nd – What Flew By Night by Brandon Dempster-Taylor, Whitby
3rd – My Words by Rachel Brawn, Port Perry
Youth Prose
1st – Pica by Brandon Dempster-Taylor, Whitby
2nd – Brave Young Boys by Jen Carson, Oshawa
3rd – Waiting for Pollex by Jessy Wheelock, Hampton
Honourable Mentions – Courage by Kelsey Adelvard, Tyrone and Four Year’s Worth by Taylor Wilson, Bowmanville

Adult Poetry
1st – After My Last Breath by George Ioannou, Port Perry
2nd – Welcome Aboard  by Greer Roberts, Ajax
3rd –  Snowfall by Lane Prentice, Little Britain
Honourable Mention – If Lakes Were Made of Lemonade by Jacqueline Wees, Nestleton
Adult prose
First – The Big Thought  by Cynthia Hill, Oshawa
2nd – Butterflies by Phillipa Schmiegelow, Port Perry
3rd – The Funeral Director by Jack Nealon, Port Perry
Honourable Mention – Her Super Deedooper Flying Bubble by Colleen Stevens, Courtice


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