Volume Three (September 2000):
In addition to moving from a quarterly publication to a six times a year publishing schedule, the Canadian Writer's Journal has doubled the chances of aspiring short fiction writers to see their work in print and win money. With two contest deadlines a year --March 31st and September 30th-- the Short Fiction Contest continues to provide a venue for mainstream short fiction writing. Entries are numbered upon arrival, and the identities of the authors are unknown until the judging decisions have been made. Then, and only then, are the authors names matched back to their works. All place winners and Honourable Mentions receive a One Year subscription to the Canadian Writer's Journal (now valued at $24.08 for 6 issues) In addition to appearing in the regular issues of the Canadian Writer's Journal, the winning fiction pieces from each contest are collected into this chapbook.
This round of winners painstakingly chosen from the 89 entries received are:
FIRST PRIZE ($100 appears December 2000): Jean Rae Baxter of Hamilton, ON for her story The Quilt. Her writing life up to the present began with her high school years in Hamilton, writing basketball write-ups and miscellaneous stories for The Spectator, and one summer as a reporter for The Leamington Post & News. She studied English at the University of Toronto, gaining her Master's degree. She went on to work in radio (CKLC in Kingston) for a couple of years, writing and producing commercials and local programs, as well as two items for the CBC. She returned to Queen's University to earn a B.Ed. degree, and continued through several years of teaching English in Lennox & Addington County secondary schools. During this time she wrote poetry, skits and plays, and also developed a course in effective writing for Grade 11 students. Her appointment as Education Director at St. George's Cathedral in Kingston saw her writing narrowly focused on articles in The Anglican Journal, a variety of material for the Cathedral's quarterly newsletter (which she edited), and two Christmas plays.
SECOND PRIZE ($50 appears February 2001): Christine G. Richardson of Hearst, ON for her story Romancing The Muse Christine writes mainly speculative fiction. Her story, Cyberlove, was a runner-up in the 1997 Canadian Writer's Journal contest. Others have appeared in Romance and beyond, Millennium, Winner's Circle 6, and the Canadian Authors' Association Niagara fiction contest anthology.
THIRD PRIZE ($25 appears April 2001): Peggy Herring of Victoria, BC for her story Written In Stone. She has had short stories published in literary magazines, and won third prize in The New Orphic Review short story competition this year. Previously, she worked as a journalist for CBC Radio in Newfoundland and British Columbia. She has lived and worked overseas in Bangladesh, Nepal, England and Japan.
Honourable Mentions (receive one year subscription) :
DEC 2000: Becky Alexander of Cambridge, ON for her story The Reunion. Becky tries to write every day. Her work has appeared in Pegasus, Zygote, Country Woman, Guideposts, and Canadian Writer's Journal. She writes poetry, fiction and articles, and belongs to several literary associations in Canada and the United States. She is the editor of Paradise Poems: Haiku from Coutt's Paradise (Hamilton haiku press 1998). Her first chapbook is entitled On Raven's Wings.
DEC 2000: Christine G. Richardson of Hearst, ON for her story Flower Child. Christine writes mainly speculative fiction. Her stories Romancing the Muse won second place in this year's CWJ Short Fiction Contest, and Cyberlove, was a runner-up in the 1997 Canadian Writer's Journal contest. Others have appeared in Romance and beyond, Millennium, Winner's Circle 6, and the Canadian Authors' Association Niagara fiction contest anthology.
FEB 2001: Maureen James of Winnipeg, MB for her story Before I Forget. After a successful twenty-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces, the author embraced her second love, writing. Not so much another career as a necessity of life, writing creative fiction allows her to bring her well-honed perspicacity and interest in human nature to every story produced by her remarkably fertile imagination. Entering, and winning, your contest is seen by her as a challenging first step in becoming a published author.
FEB 2001: Jiri Soukup of Richmond, ON for his story The Bank Loan. He is one of the scientists who developed the computerized design of large silicon circuits as we know them today (Bell Labs AT&T), and was one of the seven founders of a California company with a 1999 revenue of over a billion dollars. He is also a sea captain, beekeeper, and licensed trapper. He published over 50 technical articles and book Taming C++ (by Addison-Wesley), which was translated to Japanese. Jiri just finished novel On Moving Mountains, and is looking for a publisher.
APRIL 2001: Carol Dobell Matthews of Nanaimo, BC for her story Just So. Carol resides on a small island near Nanaimo, BC. She has worked as a social worker, instructor and college administrator. Her articles and reviews have appeared in a number of educational and literary publications, including Learning Quarterly, Learning Specialists Association of B.C. Digest, College Canada, Canadian Journal on Aging. Essays on Canadian Writing, Malahat Review, Affilia, and The National Post.
APRIL 2001: Darcy Olmstead of Oakville, ON for his story Amongst the Jungle Shadows. A story of his appeared in the Summer 2000 issue of Canadian Writer's Journal.
ISSN 1492-9252 ISBN:1-896331-65-3 | 36 pages 5½" x 8½" softcover chapbook | $5.95 CDN