Two sisters finalists in 24th annual National Capital Writing Contest
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
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 –