1st Faith and Writ­ing winners re­vealed

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Par­lia­men­tary poet lau­re­ate Ge­orge El­liott Clarke was at the Aga Khan Mu­seum Mon­day night where the first ever winners of the $25,000 Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writ­ing were an­nounced.

Winners were an­nounced in two cat­e­gories: poetry and short story. Rowda Mo­hamud, a Somali-born Cana­dian poet from Oakville, took home $10,000 for her suite of po­ems en­ti­tled Please Find Your­self a Space. Shane Neil­son won $2,500 as the run­ner-up.

Bran­don Trot­ter, a writer, direc­tor, ac­tor, play­wright and arts chap­lain from Calgary, takes home the $10,000 prize for his short story “Saint 148.” Su­san Fish was the run­ner-up and claimed a $2,500 prize.

About 250 en­tries were sub­mit­ted for the prize, which was de­signed “to give voice to Cana­di­ans who rec­og­nize and write about the pow­er­ful truth, good­ness and beauty that faith brings to Cana­dian cul­ture. More specif­i­cally, this award calls at­ten­tion to our poets and short story writ­ers from all across this na­tion whose faith an­i­mates their imag­i­na­tion and ours.” Star staff

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