Friday, October 10, 2008

"Green Theme" writing contest : announcing the winners and finalists

First Prize: “Through the Skin”, Kit Pepper, Gabriola Island.
Second Prize: “Red Sweater, Green Girl”, Irene Livingston, Vancouver.
Third Prize: “Trickster”, Julia Van Gorder, Vancouver.

Honourable Mention:

“Colour Blind”, Julie Downsbrough , Burnaby
“Grass”, Julie Downsbrough
“Early Autumn Storm” , Julia Van Gorder

Our other finalists:

Winona Baker, Nanaimo, “When birds sing at 4:49 a.m.”
Greg Bauder, Surrey, “The Last Supper II”, “Green Delusions”
Nancy Bennett, Sooke , “The Green Green Grass of Home”; “Through the Greening Glass”
Daniela Elza, Vancouver , “listening to the CBC on the way to jasper”
Alvin G. Enns, Abbotsford , “Garden Green”; “Going Green”
Kayla Feenstra, Abbotsford, “mirage in the garden”
Pam Galloway, Vancouver, “Warming”; “Gaps”; “Seeing trees”
Gail Johnston, Burnaby, “Photosynthetic invocation”
Desmond Lindo, Courtenay, “Mary, Mary Quite Contrary”
Irene Livingston, Vancouver, “Begone, False Lover”; Moisty Green Summer of 1950”; "Theft in the Green-ness of Spring.”
Franci Louann, New Westminster, “Praise for an Ontario Childhood: for Mom and Dad”
Madeleine Nattrass, Lantzville , “Jim’s Garden”
J. Prenosil, Burnaby, “Being There”, “Sacred Garden”
Kathleen S. Schmitt, Burnaby, “Photosynthesis”, “My Grandmother Wore a Green Dress”
Joanna Qureshi, Parksville “Dream following a lecture on paleontology”; “2:00 a.m.”; “On the shore- a villanelle”
Dr. Jean E. Veevers, Victoria ,”Thirteen Shades of Jade”
Pierre Walter, Vancouver, “The Greengrocer”,”Green Legs and Hams”.
Cristy Watson, Surrey, “a sign of the times”, “lost wings”
Vanessa Winn, Victoria, “Dicentra Formosa”

This year’s judge was David Zieroth. His most recent book of poetry is The Village of Sliding Time (Harbour, 2006). He has also published Crows Do Not Have Retirement (Harbour, 2001), poems, and a memoir, The Education of Mr. Whippoorwill: A Country Boyhood (Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 2002). He won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for How I Joined Humanity at Last (Harbour, 1998). He’s at work on several manuscripts. More information can be read at

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