On Saturday, May 7th at the Mack Theatre in Charlottetown, the 29th Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards were handed out in conjunction with the PEI Book Awards. This gave unpublished writers the chance to be celebrated on the same stage as the writers whose careers and accomplishments they emulate. Karen Mair served as emcee at the final event of the annual, week-long celebration, Reading Town PEI.
Maritime Electric Short Story Awards: 1st prize, Ann Winslow; 2nd prize, Suzanne Mills; 3rd prize, Dave Stewart; honourable mentions, Tanya Nicolle MacCallum and Gretha Rose.
Lucy Maud Montgomery* PEI Literature for Children Awards: 1st prize, Jason Rogerson; 2nd prize, Shani Gillespie; 3rd prize, Amanda Morrison; honourable mention, Margo Connors (*L.M. Montgomery is a trademark of the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.).
Milton Acorn Poetry Award: 1st prize, Rick Sparkes; 2nd prize, Charity Becker; 3rd prize, Tanya Nicolle MacCallum.
The Guild Creative Non-Fiction Award: 1st prize, Suzanne Mills; 2nd prize, Amanda Morrison; 3rd prize, Sophia Ball; honourable mentions, Kelly Kieran Sampson and Helena Sullivan.
This year’s Joseph Sherman Award for Special Contribution to the Literary Arts on Prince Edward Island was presented to Gary Ramsay and Trina O’Brien Leggott, librarians at the Confederation Centre Public Library.
The inaugural Champion of Reading Award was presented to Jinny Greaves, Executive Director of the PEI Literacy Alliance. This award recognizes an individual in the community who champions reading as being essential to the quality of our lives and to our ability to take our place on the world stage. This award is presented on behalf of the Reading Town Organizing Committee.
The PEI Book Awards were presented to Debra Komar in the Non-Fiction category for “The Bastard of Fort Stikine” (Goose Lane Editions). The Fiction award went to Finley Martin for “The Dead Letter” (Acorn Press). Lastly, the Poetry award went to David Helwig for “Keeping Late Hours” (Oberon Press).
The Island’s younger writers were honoured at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People earlier in the day at The Guild. The awards were emceed by island author, Patti Larsen.
Early Elementary: 1st prize, Alyson Barrett (Sherwood); 2nd prize, Finn Galaise (Westwood); 3rd prize, Rami Kaboush (Sherwood).
Late Elementary: 1st prize, Seth Dockendorff (homeschooled); 2nd prize, Dana Carmichael (Sherwood); 3rd prize, Isobel Pamela Beardsley (Stratford); honourable mentions, Bella Galaise (Elliot River), Michaela M. Doucette (Stratford), Susan Wu (Stratford), Ashlyn Gamester (Sherwood), Lily Saucier (Sherwood), Lindsay Nelson (Stratford).
Junior Secondary: 1st prize, Fiona Clancey (Queen Charlotte); 2nd prize, Vivian Huang (Queen Charlotte); 3rd prize, Noelle Pettipas (Queen Charlotte); honourable mentions, Berry Genge (Belfast), Chloe Dockendorff (homeschooled), Breanna Mayne (Queen Charlotte), Isabel Wagner (Queen Charlotte), Payton Alexander (Queen Charlotte), Grace Lloyd (Queen Charlotte), Enrique Aburto Arreguin (Queen Charlotte).
Senior Secondary: 1st prize, Tarini Fernando (Charlottetown Rural); 2nd prize, Rose Henbest (Montague), 3rd prize, Joseph Simmonds (homeschooled); honourable mentions, Lilly Hickox (Charlottetown Rural), Caitlin Atkinson (Morell), Lauren Constable (Charlottetown Rural), D. Sebastien Anchikoski (Traditional Learning Academy).
Alex Field of Colonel Gray High School received the Teacher Participation Award.