Writers recognized in numerous categories
The PEI writing community recently recognized literary talent at its annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards.
During the afternoon youth were recognized for literary achievements. Early Elementary: First Place Cora Van Eyk, Second Place Charlie Frew; Late Elementary: First Place Laura MacDougall, Second Place Mya Belieu, Third Place Andrew Saver. Junior High: First Place Ariel Dunn, Second Place Grace Potter, Third Place Kennedy Martin. High School: First Place Keridwen Campbell and Madison Lockman, Second Place Shreya Singh, Third Place Madeleine Reddick.
During the evening gala event, the adult award winners were recognized. The Milton Acorn Poetry Award: First Place Ann Howatt, Second Place Roderick MacDonald, Third Place Wendy Pobjoy. The L.M. Montgomery Literature for Children Award: First Place Wendy Pobjoy, Second Place Samantha Desjardins Joyce, Third Place Margo Connors. Maritime Electric Short Story Award: First Place Renee Blanchette, Second Place Diana Clark, Third Place Emily Cann. Reading Town PEI Creative Non-Fiction Award: First Place Kathryn Nazim, Second Place Anne McCallum, Third Place Paul Vreeland.
The annual Champion of Reading Award—an award given to recognize an individual in the community who champions reading as being essential to the quality of our lives—was presented to Barb Kissick, retired children’s librarian and volunteer who has initiated several reading events in libraries, schools, the community, and even her own home.
The PEI Book Awards were also presented. These awards, handed out every two years, promote and celebrate excellence in creation and publication of books by PEI authors, editors, and creators. This year’s winners were: Fiction—Queen of the Crows by Harmony Wagner; Non-Fiction—New London: The Lost Dream by John Cousins; Poetry—Prometheus Reconsiders Fire by Brent MacLaine.
The Marie Coyoteblanc Award for Indigenous Writing went to Richard Lush. UPEI Réshard Gool Award for Creative Writing was won by Kandace Hagen. The Joseph Sherman Award was awarded to David (Lobie) Daughton and Marilyn Sparling (for their above-and-beyond support of local authors).
The Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards take place every spring and is facilitated by the Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild and Reading Town PEI. Submissions for the 2019 Literary Awards will be accepted November 2018–February 2019. To find out more visit at www.peiwritersguild.com.