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SWG Short Manuscript Awards Recipients

Poetry
    First Place: Marie Powell “Urban Glances”
    Second Place: dee Hobsbawn-Smith "Embolism"
    Third Place: Sharon McFarlane "The Language of Stones”

Judge:
Zachariah Wells (zachariahwells.com) is the author of two poetry collections, most recently Track & Trace (Biblioasis, 2009), and edited the landmark anthology Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets (Biblioasis, 2008). Originally from P.E.I., he has lived in many parts of Canada and his decade and a half of work in the transportation industry has taken him from coast to coast to coast. He now lives in Halifax with wife Rachel Lebowitz (with whom he co-authored the children's story Anything But Hank! (Biblioasis, 2008)) and their son Kaleb. He works seasonally for Via Rail onboard The Ocean Ltd., and as a freelance writer and editor.

Fiction
    First Place: Marie Powell “Angelwing”
    Second Place: Michele Yeager “Matryoshka”
    Third Place: Lori Pollock “Pretty Ugly”

Judge:
David Arnason is writer and teacher from Winnipeg, Manitoba. His latest work is the novel Baldur's Song, a Saga, published by Turnstone Press. He teaches in the Department of English Film and Theatre at the University of Manitoba.

Non-Fiction
    First Place: Marie Powell “One Week in Wales”
    Second Place: Deanna Robertson “Wedding on Reserve”

Judge:
Caterina Edwards’s latest book,  Finding Rosa: A Mother With Alzheimer’s/ A Daughter’s Search for the Past , won the Writers Guild of Alberta  2009 Award for Nonfiction, the Bressani 2010 Lazio prize for writing about emigration and was shortlisted for the City of Edmonton Book Prize. She has also published a novel, The Lion’s Mouth, a book of novellas Whiter Shade of Pale/Becoming Emma, a play, Homeground, and a collection of stories The Island of the Nightingales, that won the 2001 Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Short Fiction.  Her drama The Great Antonio was chosen to represent Canada in an international radio competition.

Children’s
    First Place: Bernadette Wagner "Crybaby"
    Second Place: Regina Haensel "If You Move Away"

Judge:
Janet McNaughton's tenth book for young readers has just been released. Dragon Seer's Gift is a fantasy set in present-day St. John's Newfoundland, the city where she has lived for over 30 years.

First place winners of the Short MS Awards will be reading at the luncheon during the SWG Conference/AGM - Saturday, October 15 noon, Ramada Hotel, Regina

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