Short Works Prize winners
The winners of the 2017 Short Works Prizes, presented to local writers Sunday by the Hamilton Arts and Letters magazine include:
The Hamilton Public Library Freda Waldon Award for Fiction: Jen Jones, “Autopilot.” Honourable mentions: Kelly Watt, “The Dogs Of San Miguel;” Elisha Stam, “Or Swim.”
The Alvin A. Lee Award for Creative Non-Fiction: Marilyn Gear Pilling, “Her Majesty.” Honourable mentions: Brent van Staalduinen, “You’ll See the Sky;” Sally Cooper, “Chase and Catch.”
The Bryan Prince Bookseller Award for Poetry: Cara Evans, “Lexicon.” Honourable mentions: Marilyn Gear Pilling, “Eufrasio Told Me;” Ellen S. Jaffe, “Colours Of Spirit, States Of Mind.”
Unpublished Writers (Off-the-Radar)
The Mohawk College Awards for Poetry:
1. Anna Borstad Klassen, Untitled. 2. Tamara Brstina, “The Haunted House.” Honourable mention: Meagan Shropshall, “Comeuppance.” The Redeemer University College Award for Fiction: Nicole Ankenmann, “Wool and Wax.” Honourable mentions: Ashley Huff, “Someone to Sit With;” Darrell Doxtdator, “A Little Truth.
The Redeemer University College Award for Creative Non-Fiction: Peter Karuna, “80 Kilburn Square.” Honourable mentions: Paula Grove, “My Mother had a Ritual;” Purnima Rao-Melacini, Untitled.
The Rotary Club of Hamilton AM Awards for Young Writers: Mae Ashley Alfonso Toribio, “Together” (fiction); Casey Monkelbaan, “Atrocities of Yesterday and Today” (poetry); Kendra Zhang, “Numbers” (poetry); Hannah Rosales, “In the Strangest Places” (poetry). Honourable mentions: Jade Zhang, untilted (poetry); Reema Balousha, “A Child in War” (poetry); Jaime Delaney, “Writer’s Block” (poetry); Ayooluwa (Nifemi) Bola, “The Immunes” (fiction); Sawyer Berkelaar, “Pirate’s Life” (fiction): Herleen Devgan, “Unit 71” (fiction); Doa Elganga, “All Gone” (fiction).
Gillett Reminiscence Awards (memoir writing)
Virginia Ashberry, “Christmas Eve 1980;” Rita Bailey, “Criminals and Other Riffraff;” Simone Rotstein, “My Hair, My Daughter, and Me.”