1st Faith and Writing winners revealed
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