Sunday, May 17, 2015

Announcing the 2015 EWF Short Story Contest winners!

Our contest always generates lots of buzz, and this year was no different. The three panels of judges had to work hard to make their final selections – lots of great stories, they said!

But the decisions have finally been made and here they are, the winners of the 2015 EWF Short Story Contest:

YOUTH (age 14 and under)
Sponsored by the Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington

(Judges: Lisa Dalrymple, Lisa MacColl, Kira Vermond)

First Prize
Jasmine Moroz for Drizella Tremain

Second Prize
Grace Huntley for Adventures as a Fish

Third Prize
Manuela Morgan for Mystical Mystery

Honourable Mentions
Madeline Vukovic for Cut Away
Jonah Doupe for My Formula One Car

TEEN (age 15-19)
Sponsored by the Elora Arts Council

(Judges: Heather Wright, Heather Debling)

First Prize
Emily Vaillancourt for Peanut Butter

Second Prize
Brittany Helena Tenhage for The Magical World in Brian’s Book

Third Prize
Claris Lam for Level Up

Honourable Mentions
Michaela Beam for Untold Story
David Botros for The Streetlamp in the Desert

ADULT (age 20 and older)

(Judges: Barbara Kyle, Bieke Stengos, Lisa McLean, Kelly Waterhouse, Sharon Blomfield)

First Prize
J.C. Hobson for A Coyote Summer

Second Prize
Melanie Scott for The Surrogate

Third Prize
Rita Bailey for Closer

Honourable Mentions
Anna Armstrong for To the Island and Back
Beverley Burgess Bell for The Elephant’s Pearls

Congratulations to the contest winners, and a special thank-you to our hard-working judges. 

Thanks also to our two sponsors, The Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington, and the Elora Arts Council, two organizations that join us in recognizing the importance of supporting and encouraging young writers.

During the intermission of the 2015 Elora Writers’ Festival on Sunday, May 24 (1-4 p.m.), any winners in attendance will receive their prizes – along with a big round of applause from the Festival audience and authors.

And speaking of the Festival authors, here’s our fantastic line-up, in case you missed it:

Barbara Kyle, The Traitor’s Daughter (historical fiction)
Cliff Jackman, The Winter Family  (a Western with a dark side)
Kim Moritsugu, The Oakdale Dinner Club (suburban comedy of manners)
Michael Hale, A Fold in the Tent of the Sky (speculative/fantasy fiction)
Tasneem Jamal, Where the Air is Sweet (contemporary fiction exploring the immigrant experience)
Ian Hamilton, The King of Shanghai, the most recent in the wildly popular Ava Lee crime series (coming to CBC!)

Please join us at the Wellington County Museum and Archives for an afternoon of readings, an author-audience schmoozefest with nibbles and wine, and our famous Q&A with the authors. You can reserve and pick up tickets at Roxanne's Reflections Book and Card Shop in Fergus (Phone 519-843-4391) or by ordering online through the Theatre on the Grand box office (find the link to their ticketing website, here).

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