Wind & Water Writing Contest
We’ve been swept into memories of water, mystery, and delight with the latest submissions for the 2020 Wind and Water Writing Contest! This year’s theme of memory made for such lovely reading that we had a difficult task of picking those we felt best handled the theme while also using the skills a writer has available to them.
After copious amounts of delightful reading and careful consideration by our judges, we’re pleased to announce the winners!
First Prize: Morning Swims by Shauna Haugen
Honourable Mention: Waterlovers by Karole Marois
First Prize: Mona’s Roadkill by Andrew Binks, Fiction
Honourable Mention: Swinging Sticks, Sliding Doors by Nora-Lyn Veevers, Non Fiction
What the judges had to say about the winners:
Morning Swims by Shauna Haugen
The reason I liked this poem is that the language is sparse but perfect and it hits most of our five senses. On top of that, the cadence of the poem fits the theme. This poem has emotional impact, and I really feel as though I was experiencing what the poet describes. Shauna Haugen has written a poem that feels important and relevant.
Mona’s Roadkill by Andrew Binks, Fiction
Kelly S. Thompson:
It was a unanimous decision for Dorian and I in selecting “Mona’s Roadkill” as this year’s contest winner. The writing is visceral and alive; we feel, as a reader, as though we are part of the scene, experiencing it like the characters. And speaking of the characters–they dance across the page with life and rich imagery. Simply gorgeous work.
- 1st Prize for Fiction or Non Fiction: $200, published in Artscene (our monthly newsletter with over 1200 subscribers) and on our website and shared on social media.
- Honourable Mention for Fiction or Non Fiction: Published on our website and a fifty-page consult with Kelly S. Thompson.
- 1st Prize for Poetry: $200, published in Artscene (our monthly newsletter with over 1200 subscribers) and on our website and shared on social media.
- Honourable Mention Poetry: Published on our website and a five-poem consult with Kelly S. Thompson.
- Winners in both categories will also be invited to appear on Artscene on 99.3FM, to discuss their win and writing.
- Winners and Honourable Mentions in both categories will be invited to read their work during Art in the County, to be set at a later date.
- Pieces can be any genre, but poetry will be a separate prize, and fiction and non fiction as a joint prize.
- Pieces should be no longer than 1600 words.
- Writers may enter as often as they like.
- The piece submitted cannot be previously published.
- Only emailed entries will be considered.
- The written piece cannot be under consideration for a prize elsewhere until the winners are announced.
- Ensure your name does not appear on your submission anywhere except on the cover letter.
- You must reside in the Quinte region or Prince Edward County. (If you are uncertain of whether or not your location fits within the guidelines, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Entries must be accompanied by a $15 entry fee and $10 for additional entries.
- Prince Edward County Arts Council and Quinte Arts Council members pay only $10 and $5 for each additional submission.
- The contest judges reserve the right to dismiss any submissions that do not meet the guidelines above.
- Only writers who are longlisted will be notified by email. The longlist will be announced on social media and our website in mid-May, 2020, with the shortlist announced shortly after. Winners to follow by end May.
How to Enter
- The deadline for submissions is 15 April, 2020, at midnight!
- Include a cover letter with your name, title, genre, word count, contact info, and a short bio. PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR GENRE.
- Include your title on every page of your entry in the header.
- Number every page.
- Select the PayPal drop down menu item for your first or additional payment. Once complete, note your order number and include that your cover letter as proof of payment.
- Send all submissions by email, in PDF or a WORD DOC only, along with proof of payment to email@example.com.
- You will receive an email within a few days, acknowledging receipt of your submission.
- Wait for the winners and start writing something new!
About the Judges
Kelly S. Thompson is a retired military officer who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is a PhD candidate in Literary and Critical Studies at the University of Gloucestershire. Kelly won the House of Anansi Press Golden Anniversary Award for fiction, the 2014 and 2017 Barbara Novak Award for Personal Essay, and was shortlisted for Room magazine’s 2013 and 2014 creative nonfiction awards, placing 2nd in the 2019 competition. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies and in publications such as Chatelaine, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, and more. Her memoir, Girls Need Not Apply, released summer 2019, was an instant Globe and Mail bestseller.
Dorian Widling is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He has written several short stories and is currently working on a historical novel set in 18th century France. Dorian is also an award-winning photographer, having taken several prizes at the Department of National Defence Photo Competition, as well as having won a commendation from the judges at the Sony World Photography Awards. Dorian’s images have been shown in places as far as Grosvenor Gallery in London, UK, and his work is held in private collections across North and South America.
2019 Contest Winners