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Lauréats du Concours de nouvelles 50 ans + 2018

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Nous avons 10 lauréats : les juges du Concours de nouvelles 50 ans + ont sélectionné les textes gagnants!


Nouvelles en anglais :

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


Nouvelles en français :

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


Les gagnants liront leurs nouvelles à l’occasion d’une cérémonie de remise de prix, sous la forme d’un après-midi lecture au centre pour personnes âgées Les bons compagnons, situé au 670, rue Albert. Tous sont invités à venir écouter leurs histoires le mardi 25 septembre, à 13 h 30.


Merci à tous ceux qui ont soumis des textes pour le concours de cette année.

Nous remercions également les juges d’avoir animé les ateliers d’écriture de nouvelles offerts dans les succursales au printemps et d’avoir écrémé la liste des soumissions pour choisir les gagnants.




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 . 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.

What a great imaginative opportunity, I look forward to hearing the stories and appreciate offering this chance to write. I didn't know about it but will be keeping an eye open for the next event. THANK YOU ALL !