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2012 Alice Munro Festival Short Story Competition: Winners Media Release

Monday October 1st, 2012

2012 Short Story Competition: Winners Media Release

for immediate release
September 30, 2012

Awards presented at Festival Gala Saturday Night
Alice Munro Writers & Readers Festival recognizes emerging writers

Forty five people gathered at the Wingham Golf and Country Club last night to celebrate Canada’s stories and storytellers at the Gala for the Alice Munro Writers and Readers Festival. The finalists in the 2012 Alice Munro Short Story Competition showcased their work by sharing a brief passage from their Short Story submitted to the contest last summer. Awards, in two categories, included a cash prize and an advance copy of Alice Munro’s newest Short Story Collection “Dear Life.”

Dear Life will be released to the general public in mid October and was generously gifted by the Huron County Library.

Youth Category

Rachel Loerts from Wyoming, Ontario, has just entered her first year at the University of Windsor in the Bachelor of Music Program. Her story “Perfect” tells of a young woman’s struggle to fit in, and her escape from personal demons (story attached).

Second and third prizes in the Youth Category were awarded to Yasmina Jaksic of Thornhill and Bronte Cronsberry of St. Marys. Yasmina’s story “Neverland” tells of the effects of the cultural revolution in China and the desire to come to Canada in this coming of age tale and Bronte’s submission “And Brian” explores moving on after a great loss and a return to a sense of stability.

Open Category

Hayley Linfield of Goderich wrote “Water Treatment” (attached) about a man finding a second chance at happiness. The second prize was awarded to Royden McCoag for “A Fish Tale” which is a good read for all you would-be fishermen and the third prize went to Sheila Eastman of Mississauga for “Do You Like Cowboy Music” – an intriguing compilation of two stories about two characters whose lives become intertwined on a bus ride.

Lead Judge John Cull described the high quality of the submissions in the 2012 Short Story Competition. Well-developed characters and interesting plots made for stories that were compelling. Fellow judges Dick Allan and Catherine MacLeod were both in attendance.

Mr. Dick Allan was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and the Key Note Speaker was one of Alice’s biggest fans – Mary Wolfe. She enthusiastically shared her appreciation of Alice’s work and her admiration of Alice as a treasured friend. Mary was the former owner of the Village Book Shop in Bayfield.

Huron Arts & Heritage Network (www.heritageandculture.on.ca) was the host organization of the revitalized Alice Munro Writers and Readers Festival. The 2012 events were generously supported by: The Township of North Huron; Huron County Cultural Services and Libraries; Blyth Festival, Middleton’s Home Furnishings, Tuckersmith Communications, Wingham and Area Horticultural Society and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.