Literary Program 2019 – 2020

Inspired to Write!

Writing Workshops for Adults and Youth

In Spring of 2020, Scugog Arts will sponsor our annual Literary Writing Contest once again.

This year contestants will be offered the opportunity to write short stories, creative nonfiction or poetry inspired by four fabulous works of art from our Annual Juried Art Show.

This kind of writing – inspired by a work of art – is called “Ekphrastic Writing”.  Ekphrasis is a Greek word that translates to “description”, but ekphrastic writing goes far beyond a simple description of the piece of art.

In support of writers who are considering our contest, Scugog Arts is offering workshops this fall for Adults and Youth to explore the wide range of techniques available to access visual prompts and create inspired pieces of writing. (You do not have to enter the contest to attend the workshops).

In these workshops, participants will be encouraged to create and share new pieces. Time will also be set aside to write a good first draft of a piece inspired by our Contest Prompt Pieces.

Techniques learned in these workshops ensure writers will always find a source of inspiration when they sit down at their notebook or keyboard. Attend these workshops and you will never engage with art quite the same way again!


Inspired by Art Writing Workshops

  • Price: $ 45.00 CAD Quantity:
    Sunday October 6th, 1 - 4 pm Instructor James Dewar
  • Price: $ 45.00 CAD Quantity:
    Sunday November 10th, 2019, 1 - 4 pm Instructor James Dewar
  • Price: $ 75.00 CAD Quantity:
    Series of 4 consecutive Wednesdays, January 15, 22, 29 and Feb 5, 2020, 4 - 5:30 pm Instructor: Sue Reynolds

Two Workshops for Adult Writers:

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 1:00 to 4:00 pm Inspired by Art – Short Prose – Fiction & Memoir

Sunday, November 10, 2019  – 1:00 to 4:00 pm – Inspired by Art – Poetry & Flash Fiction

Place – Scugog Arts, 181 Perry Street, Unit G-1

Instructor – James Dewar


James Dewar teaches poetry and fiction workshops ( throughout the Metropolitan Toronto area and internationally. He has been awarded the Teaching Excellence Certificate by Durham College for his Advanced Creative Writing classes. Over the last ten years he has helped judge writing and poetry contests for the League of Canadian Poets, Ontario Writers Conference, Canadian Authors Association and other writing organizations.

His poetry and short fiction have been published in several anthologies and literary journals. His latest book of poetry, The Garden in the Machine, was published by Hidden Brook Press in 2007. His short story, Strychnine Blues, was featured in That Dammed Beaver, a 2018 collection of Canadian Humour, Laughs and Gaffs from Exile Editions. He is currently finishing a novel and refining a new book of poetry.

As the publisher of Piquant Press he has edited and published over a dozen books and co-edited eight poetry anthologies. 

For Youth:

Do you love to write?

Would you like to enter your writing in a contest with cash prizes?

Scugog Arts is offering a series of workshops this fall for youth from 12-20 years old where you can learn techniques of “ekphrastic writing” – writing inspired by art.

Come to these workshops to learn and practice creative writing skills and get a head start on developing your entry for the 2020 Scugog Literary Prize for Youth, as well as developing skills that will help you write winning entries for the rest of your writing life.

Four Consecutive Wednesdays, Jan. 15 to Feb. 5, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., 2019 – Inspired by Art for Youth

Place – Scugog Arts, 181 Perry Street, Unit G-1, Port Perry, On

Instructor – Sue Reynolds

Susan Lynn Reynolds is a writer, teacher and psychotherapist whose specialty is writing for therapeutic benefit. She has been an accredited AWA writing workshop facilitator since 2002 and teaches in the community, in college continuing education programs, and in social services settings. She writes and has won awards for her YA novel, short stories, poems and creative non-fiction.


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Inspired To Write – Themed Literary Contest

The word Ekphrasis translates to “description” in Greek and ekphrastic writing describes or is inspired by a work of art. The Voice of Art Literary Contest for 2020 offers 4 pieces of visual art from its Annual Juried Show as inspiration for the contest entries.

Works for inspiration:

Chair Series 11, oil painting by Charles Choi

The Boss, photography by Jennifer Burrows

Pizza Box, lino print by Erin Le Page

Misty Morning, oil painting by Lorelei Lapp

Fiction, Poetry & Creative Non-Fiction

We return with three categories, Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-fiction. We are accepting short fiction stories and creative non-fiction of up to 2,500 words and poems of up to 40 lines.

 Youth 12-20 & Adults 21+

Enter in one of two age groups, either Youth 12-20 or Adult 21+. Each entrant can enter 1-3 pieces of writing. There are Poetry and Fiction categories for Youth and the added category of Creative Non-Fiction for Adults.

The cost to enter is $20 for adults and $15 for youth.

$2,500 in Cash Prizes!

Youth and Adult Poetry: 1st Prize: $300 2nd Prize: $150 3rd Prize: $50

Youth and Adult Fiction: 1st Prize: $300 2nd Prize: $150 3rd Prize: $50

Adult Creative Non-fiction: 1st Prize: $300 2nd Prize: $150 3rd Prize: $50

We will add the entry form and open the contest January 2, 2020. Contest closes Friday April 15, 2020   

Thank You to our Sponsors and Partners

Literary Program Spring 2019

books, brews, poetry, reading, writing, sharing, tweeting, blogging, gossipping, listening, talking, story-telling (so you think “brews” doesn’t fit? read on!)

We’ve gone beyond a contest for 2019! We’ve returned with our contest and expanded the number of prizes and increased the value of our prizes. On top of that we’re holding a book launch and poetry reading night featuring Brian Henderson and Edward Carson. Brian and Edward will also be holding a roundtable discussion on getting published and a poetry writing workshop. You can also sign up for a two-part series of discussions based on the book “Show Your Work” by Austen Kleon.  Lead by Dr. Sharon Lauricella of UOIT, this series of two meet ups was a hit in 2018 and we’ve brought it back as part of our Literary Program. Our June program will also include the celebration wrap up to our Literary Contest with readings by the winners and the awarding of the prizes.

Sign up now and put these dates in your calendar.

Tuesday June 11, 2-4 pm – Getting Published: A Round Table Discussion. You’ll want to sign up to chat with these two legends of Canadian publishing, Brian Henderson and Edward Carson. At Scugog Council for the Arts, 181 Perry Street, unit G-1. $45 fee and Registration will be required.

Register for Getting Published here.

Tuesday June 11, 7 pm – Book Launches and readings, featuring Brian Henderson and Edward Carson at Old Flame Brewery. After this reading, we will announce the finalists in our Literary contest. Free Event. Grab your beer at 7, readings start at 7:30.

Wednesday June 12, 10:30 – 12:30 – Poetry Writing Workshop with Brian Henderson and Edward Carson. Location: Scugog Council for the Arts, 181 Perry Street, unit G-1, $45 fee and registration is required.

Register for Writing Workshop here.

Thursday June 13 and Thursday June 20, 2:00 – 4:30 both days – Show Your Work! with Dr. Sharon Lauricella and Marion Meyers. It’s like a book club! We’ll discuss the ideas in Show Your Work by Austin Kleon with  a focus on writers, bloggers and tweeters. Location: Scugog Council for the Arts, unit G-1, $45 fee and registration is required.

Register for Book Club Discussion here.

Wednesday June 12, 7 pm – Literary Contest Winner’s Ceremony and Readings. Free event, buy your own food and drink, arrive at 7 to settle in and order, festivities begin at 7:30.

Literary Contest 2019 – Winners List!

Youth – Poetry

1st Place  “Raphael” by Atticus Cox, prize $300

2nd Place “Photographs” by Antonia Haynos-Owen, prize $150

Adult – Creative Non-fiction

1st Place “Story W/O Conflict” by Kerry Craven, prize $300

2nd Place “School of Hard Knocks” by Aisha Ashraf, prize $150

HM “Exhumation” by William Eby and Laura Suchan, prize $50

Adult – Fiction

1st Place “Love is Like Lidocaine” by Jann Everard, prize $300

2nd Place “Contact” by Kaireen Adamson, prize $150

HM “The Golden Hour” by Kim McDougall, prize $50

Adult – Poetry

1st Place “Migrations” by Dorothy Sjoholm, prize $300

2nd Place “Bridge Pose” by Kate Marshall Flaherty, prize $150

HM “Herself” by Clare Bolton, prize $50

Youth 15-21 & Adults 22+

Enter in one of two age groups, either youth or Adults 22+. Each entrant can enter 1-3 pieces of writing, and any mix of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. The cost to enter 1-3 pieces of work is $20 for adults and $10 for youth.

$3,000 in Cash Prizes!

First prize in both poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction for both the Adult and Youth categories is $300. Second prize in both categories for both age groups is $150. And there’s an honourable mention prize of $50. That’s $3,000 in prizes.


Enter the Literary Contest HERE

Contest closes Thursday May 30, 2019           Pay for ADULT entry HERE   

                Pay for YOUTH entry HERE

Announcing the 2017 Winners!

Prose Winners

1st Place – Elaine Jackson

2nd Place – Johanna Selles

3rd Place – Barbara Hunt

Honorable Mention Presented To Aisha Ashraf

Poetry Winners

1st Place – Katie Flaherty

2nd Place – Susie Whelehan

3rd Place – Teegan Mannion

Honorable Mention Presented To Katie Flaherty

Youth Winners

1st Place – Myanna Hansen

2nd Place – Jerry Bonkowski

3rd Place – Ceili Peterson

Past Winners!

2016 Winners!

Prose Winners

1st Place – Cheryl MacLean

2nd Place – Fran Turner

3rd Place – Suzanne Robinson

Honorable Mention Presented To Greer Roberts, Vera Constantineau, and Jerry Bonkowski

Poetry Winners

1st Place – John Lee

2nd Place – Dorita Peer

3rd Place – Janis MacCallen

Honorable Mention Presented To Erika Willeart, Janis MacCallen, Heather Parkinson, and Johanna Gail

2015 Winners!

Prose Winners

1st Place – Susan Wadds

2nd Place – Lori Twining

3rd Place – Annabelle Jane Murray


Poetry Winners

1st Place – Annabelle Jane Murray

2nd Place – Janis McCallen

3rd Place – Pamela Meacher

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