Monday, August 30, 2010

Our 2010 writing competition: winners and finalists announced

We’re very pleased to announce the results of the Burnaby Writers’ Society’s 2010 contest on the theme of “Water”.

First Prize: Michael Aaron Mayes, “With Oscillating Control”
Second Prize:  Franci Louann, New Westminster, “Scenes from Natalina’s Garden"
Third Prize: Lynda Pupo, Victoria,“The Waves”
Honourable Mention:  Lynne Burnett, West Vancouver, “It Rains for Him”

Other Finalists (“the long list”)  

Edith Baranyay, Vancouver, “Water”
John Beaton, Qualicum Beach:   
    Highland Water
Ev Bishop, Terrace, “Deluge” 
Marina Blokker, Burnaby:
“Wet Loop”
Lynne Burnett, West Vancouver:  
    “This Quiet Tide”
    “Lips I Cannot Read”
Kate Braid, Vancouver:   
    “Water’s Skin’
    “Owning a Boat”
Keith Bramwell, Vancouver,“The Ebb Tide Floats Us”
Julie Downsbrough, Burnaby, “Something Fishy”
Alvin G. Ens,  Abbotsford, “Just Watering”
Sabrina Farminger, Vancouver:
    Untitled (“As long as I am in this tub”)
    “Bombay Water”
Maggie Gallivan, Coquitlam,“Gulf Tears”
Ruth Hill, Chetwynd:   
    “Climb in Me”
    “Captain Magnificent”
    “Lily Moss, Lilting”
Anne Hopkinson, Burnaby:   
    “Sea Rescue”
    “The Garden of Tides”
Roy Innes, Gabriola Island, “Preserving the Staff of Life”
Linda M. Langwith, Brentwood Bay,“The Waters of My Birth”
Sue Anne Linde, Vancouver, “Rain Drops”
Shannon Linden, Kelowna, “The Sustenance of Life”
Irene Livingston, Vancouver, “Harlot in the Rain”
René Mrzljak, Burnaby, “Japanese Garden”
M. Perison, Nanaimo,   “Washday”
J. Prenosil, Burnaby, “Vamos com Deus”
Joanne Qureshi, Parksville, “The Storm- A Rondel”
Roy Roberts, Vancouver :
    “From the Beach”
    “The Origin of Oceans”
Patricia Smekal,  Nanoose Bay, “Oceanid”
Colin Stewart, New Westminster, “Mostly Water”
Caroline Wong, Burnaby:   
    “Eagle Run”
    “Old Pilings”
Sharon Yoshida, Port Coquitlam, “Dear Andrew”

This year’s judge was Andrea MacPherson. Andrea is the author of four books: two novels, When She Was Electric (Raincoast, 2003) and Beyond the Blue (Random House, 2007) and two poetry collections, Natural Disasters (Palimpsest Press, 2007) and Away (Signature Editions, 2008). When She Was Electric was listed No. 6 on CBC Canada Reads: People’s Choice. Natural Disasters was longlisted for the ReLit Awards. A past Editor of Prism International, Andrea now acts as Reviews Editor for Event. She teaches Creative Writing and English with University of the Fraser Valley and Douglas College.

You’re cordially invited to hear the winners and finalists read from their work at our Spoken INK awards night on Tuesday, September 21, 8 p.m. at La Fontana Caffe, 101-3701 East Hastings in North Burnaby (NE corner of Boundary & Hastings) Free admission; everyone welcome.

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