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Recipients of the John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Awards Announced

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild (SWG) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 14th Annual John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Awards. The first place winner is Linda Biasotto for Sweet Life; the second place winner Lisa Guenther for Friendly Fire; the third place winner is Marlis Wesseler for Pleasant Manor.  The three—who receive $1,000, $650, and $350, respectively—were selected by judges Trevor Cole and Christine Pountney.

Named in honour of the eminent Saskatchewan poet who died in 1999, the awards recognize excellence in unpublished book-length manuscripts by Saskatchewan writers. They rotate between the genres of poetry, fiction, drama, and literary non-fiction; this year fiction submissions were honoured.  

The awards will be officially presented at the John V. Hicks Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 during the SWG’s Fall Conference and AGM in Regina. As part of the program, the three winners will read from their work. This dinner is open to the public; pre-registration is required by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2013.  For more information or to register call 306-791-7746.

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, founded in 1969, is a province-wide non-profit organization serving almost 600 member writers. The SWG works to create an environment in which writing and writers flourish, by fostering excellence in writing, by raising the public profile of writers and their work, and by making writers and their work accessible to all levels of education.

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