Quebec Writing Competition Winners
On Saturday, January 5 Cinq à Six broadcast interviews with and readings by the winners of the 2012 Quebec Writing Competition.
Grand Prize Winner
The grand prize winner of the Quebec Writing Competition is Harold Hoefle.
Judges' comments about his story "Ride":
"It carries us deep inside the racing thoughts of a drunk young woman with a looming decision. The deceptively straightforward plot hums with peril. The jury particularly appreciates the emotional complexity of the young woman's dilemma -- critical of her possible choice, yet caught for now in resignation. The story addresses personal choice, free will, and the socio-psychological forces that can act as roadblocks to change."
As First Prize winner, Harold receives a cash prize of $1,500, as well as the broadcast of his story on Cinq à Six. His story is also published in the Winter edition of Maisonneuve Magazine as well as in an anthology by Véhicule Press.
Listen to Harold read his story "Ride":
Listen to Jeanette's interview with Harold:
Second Prize Winner
Willow Verkerk is the second prize winner.
What the judges said about her story:
"Manufactured" is an interior monologue written from the point of view of a sex worker well versed in manipulating the emotional needs of men. The interplay between her modus operandi and her feelings about playacting are underscored by an evocation of the power of sexuality for rapture and forgetting."
As second prize winner, Willow receives a cash prize of $1,000 and the broadcast of her story on Cinq à Six. Her story is also published on the Maisonneuve magazine website, as well as in an anthology by Véhicule Press.
Listen to Willow read her story "Manufactured".
Listen to Jeanette's interview with Willow:
Reader's Choice Award
For the first time ever in 2012, members of the public voted for a Reader's Choice Award winner.
The winner was Brandon Silver, for his story "Revolution".
Listen to Brandon read his story, "Revolution".
The jury for this year's Quebec Writing Competition was composed of Melissa Bull, Michael V. Smith and Merrily Weisbord. The grand prize winners were announced at the QWF's Literary Awards Gala, held on November 20 at Le Lion d'Or in Montreal.
And if you have a story to tell, it's a good time to get started.
Stay tuned! The 2013 Quebec Writing Competition opens soon!
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