Two sis­ters fi­nal­ists in 24th an­nual Na­tional Cap­i­tal Writ­ing Con­test

Ottawa Citizen - - THE WRAP -

The names of the fi­nal­ists have been an­nounced in the 2011 Na­tional Cap­i­tal Writ­ing Con­test, which had the theme Inspiration Planet Earth… Our Nat­u­ral En­vi­ron­ment is Life.

Two home­schooled Lau­ren­zio sis­ters – Pais­ley, 16, and Holly, 13, of the St. Claire Gar­dens neigh­bour­hood in Ne­pean – are both fi­nal­ists, as is École sec­ondaire catholique Franco-Cité high school stu­dent Christine Mol­nar, who had two of her sub­mis­sions se­lected for the fi­nals.

The con­test is blind judged. The sub­mis­sions were re­ceived by Sher­rill Wark of the Ot­tawa branch of the Cana­dian Au­thors As­so­ci­a­tion, who as­signed a num­ber to them. They were then sent to the judges with noth­ing on them to show who the writer was.

“We do this be­cause, in the case of CAA mem­bers, some­times they know each other, even though the judge may live in Van­cou­ver the the sub­mit­ter in Ot­tawa. We want the judg­ing to be ab­so­lutely fair and trans­par­ent and per­haps more im­por­tantly, to be seen as such,” says Sharyn Hea­gle, CAA-NCR pres­i­dent.

The po­etry fi­nal­ists are: Sylvia Adams for The Gar­dener; Michael Kears­ley for African Dream; Ruth Latta for Chill Mor­tal; Joan McKay for And There was Light; Carol A. Stephen of Car­leton Place for

Traf­fic on High­way 7, and Mar­garet Malloch Zielin­ski for Track

ing.

The Short Story Con­test fi­nal­ists are:Anne Kath­leen McLaugh­lin for Cairo to Camelot; Colin Mor­ton for Pri­mav­era; Tu­dor Robins for Win­ter Love; Suzy Royle of Perth for Mu­si­cal Chairs; Gwen Smid for Sand, and Fraser White for Thirst.

The Youth Short Story/Es­say Con­test fi­nal­ists are: Ali­son Grif­fith of Ne­pean for Ques­tion Grove – Bell High School; Jen­nifer Kemp­ster for Grey-Washed –

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