50+ Short Story Contest 2018 Winners

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29/06/2018

We have 10 winners! The judges for the 50+ Short Story Contest for 2018 have chosen the winning stories! 

 

English titles: 

  • Annie by Mona Lawson
  • Beijing Spring by Ivy Lerner-Frank
  • The Bracelet by Hilary J. Robinson
  • Imaginary Girl by Karen McPherson
  • Reminiscences for Rosie by Ruth Latta
  • The Seeds by Brian McCullough
  • Short Order by Thomas E. Whalen

 

French titles:

  • Chez moi par Michèle Demers
  • Requiem pour Zacharie par Monique Lafrenière
  • Trois vendredis.  En voix-off par Christiane Bernier

 

The winners will read their stories during an Afternoon of Storytelling awards ceremony at The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, 670 Albert Street, on Tuesday, September 25, at 1:30 pm.  All are welcome to attend and hear the stories.

 

Thank you to all who submitted stories to this year’s contest.

We also thank the judges for their provision of Short Story Writing Workshops at Library branches this spring and for their efforts in narrowing down the list of entries and choosing the winners. 

 

 

Comments

Is it possible to make the competition more transparent? How many entries are received? How are they rated? Are the winners connected to the judges? Is every story is actually read by someone? Who? Can we get some feedback for the non-winners, such as a 1 to 10 grade?

Hello Jlegris,

Thank you for your comments. In recent years we have received between 100 and 150 entries. Every story is read by one of the four contest judges. The entries are divided among the judges, who receive only the stories, without the title page or any information that would identify the writer. The judges choose the top stories for a “short list”, and all the stories on the short list are read by all the judges to determine the winners.

The rules for preparing your entry are given on our webpage and in the pamphlet handed out in library branches. Further advice for writing your story, which aligns with the judging criteria, was contained in the Short Story Resource Guide on the 50+ Short Story Contest webpage https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/50plus . We apologize if you did not see this advice; we will try to make it more prominent next year. In addition, 3 of the judges offered free writing workshops at the library (and one phone-in workshop) to help writers prepare.

We do not provide feedback for each story, as it would simply be too time-consuming and onerous for the judges, given the volume of submissions. Grades are not assigned for any of the stories.

Thank you again for your comments. We will take them into consideration when planning next year’s contest, and hope to make it as transparent as possible.

Thanks for your reply. I am not convinced that providing feedback would be overly time-consuming. A simple number- or letter-grade would be very helpful to aspiring writers and would take only a few seconds for the judge to assess and then a few more for someone else to relay to the original writer: infinitely better (literally!) than having your entry swallowed by a black-hole.