Monday, August 29, 2011

Contest results!

ANNOUNCING THE  WINNERS & FINALISTS in our 2011 contest on the theme of FIRE

1st: “Something in the Universe Dies, A Sestina”, by Caroline Wong, Burnaby

2nd: “Growing up” by Valerie Fletcher Adolph, Delta.

3rd: “True Myths” by Karen Abel, Burnaby,.

Honourable Mention: “Free Church Breakfast On The Sunday Before ‘Welfare Wednesday’" by Jancis M. Andrews, Sechelt,


Judy Millar, “All that Remains” 
Gisli Stefansson, “ Survival”
Lynne Burnett, “ Two, By Fire”; “Campfire”
Pamela Kent, “Lay and Light a Fire with Two Matches”
Irene Livingston, “Omen of Fire”; “The Ever Burning Fire”
Kathleen Schmitt, “Photosynthesis”; “Dragon's Breath”
Sharon Miki, “Half and Half “; “Cauterizing Citrus”
Valerie Fletcher Adolph, “The Good Fire”; “By the Fireside” 
 Caroline Wong, “Lilies”
Alvin G. Ens, “Fire” 
Marlene Grand Maitre, “Smoking Women”
Sharron Bertchilde, “Work Life, A Pantoum Poem” 
Darlene Spong Henderson, “Lost and Found”
Kelly McKenzie, “I refuse to panic…”  
Julie Downsbrough, “Her Daughter's Eyes”
Shawn Bird, “ Fire of You” 
Lisa Smith, “The Temezcal”
Nicole Buchanan Breit, “The God of Fire”
Franci Louann, "Fire” 
Ruth Lloyd, “Out of the flames”
Dorothy Stott, “The Golden Bowl” 
Daniela Elza, “Volatile Beginning”
Ruth Hill, “Light Retreating Through Trees” 
Roy Roberts, “Up Late”

Our judge was BC poet Peter Trower. Peter, who has worked for years as the poetry editor for Raincoast Chronicles and has reviewed a lot of submissions in his time, said he was amazed at the high quality of work submitted for the 2011 Burnaby Writers Society contest, and had difficulty picking the winners. He was impressed to see a sestina among the entries. He knows of only one person that wrote sestinas well, Earle Birney.

Winners and finalists will read from their work at our September 20th Spoken INK awards night, La Fontana Caffe, #101-3701 East Hastings (at Boundary Road), Burnaby .Readings begin at 8:00 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

(An e-mail invitation with more details will be going out to our finalists the week of September 12)

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