A Call for Nominations: Champion of Reading Award

Champion of Reading Award
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This year, the PEI Writers’ Guild is accepting nominations for the Champion of Reading Award. 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.

Nominations are being accepted until May 21st and the winner will be revealed during the Island Literary Awards taking place in the upcoming weeks. Previous winners of the Champion of Reading Award include Deirdre Kessler (2019), Barb Kissick (2018), Roseanne Gauthier (2017) and Jinny Greaves (2016). For more information and to submit your potential candidate, visit our Form Below:

Google Form: A Call for Nominations

Island Literary Awards & Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People Shortlist Announcements

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce the shortlist for both the Island Literary Awards, as well as the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. Island writers will be recognized during award galas, which will take place online in the weeks to come.During the Island Literary Awards, adults will be recognized for excellence in Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Literature for Children, Short Story, and Indigenous Writing.

Short-listed writers for adult categories are as follows:

The Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Literature for Children Award: Eric Leamont, Gretha Rose, Hannah Stiff, Ian Stretch, Jessica Mutch

Confederation Court Mall Merchants Association Poetry Award: Emily Browning, Emily Cann, Kelly Kieran Sampson, Megan Gallant, Nick vanOuwerkerk

Maritime Electric Short Story Award: Chris Wilson, Jennifer Platts-Fanning, Katie Mac

Creative Non-Fiction Award: Ivy Wigmore, Kelly Kieran Sampson, Mark Enman, Matthew Sherman, Samantha Desjardins Joyce

Acorn Press Marie Coyoteblanc Indigenous Writing Award: Michael Sima, Richard Pellissier-Lush

Réshard Gool Award for Creative Writing: Monika Stewart

Joseph Sherman Award: Dan & Marlene MacDonald

Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts of PEI: Rob MacLean & Melissa Mullen

Youth in Early Elementary, Late Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High will be honoured for their excellence in literary arts during the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People.

Short-listed writers for the youth categories are as follows:

Early Elementary: Ben Bowman

Late Elementary: Alyson Scott, Elle Flick, Juliette Martinez-Kydd, Lauren Elizabeth Graham, Sam Bowman

Junior High: Eleena Lunn, Jordan Dingwell, Khai Phan, Sheamus Herlihy, Vy Nguyen Tran

Senior High: Arielle Dunn, Marley Lucas, Megan Gallant

Champion of Reading Award
This year, the PEI Writers’ Guild is accepting nominations for the Champion of Reading Award. 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.

Nominations are being accepted until May 21st and the winner will be revealed during the Island Literary Awards taking place in the upcoming weeks. Previous winners of the Champion of Reading Award include Deirdre Kessler (2019), Barb Kissick (2018), Roseanne Gauthier (2017) and Jinny Greaves (2016). For more information and to submit your potential candidate, visit – https://tinyurl.com/yaa2b24p

PEI Book Awards
Since 2006, the Prince Edward Island Book Awards have celebrated the best in books by Prince Edward Islanders. These awards are given in out every two years and, this year, they will hand out awards in four categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Children’s Literature. The PEI Book Awards will be handed out during the Island Literary Awards.

For over 30 years, the Island Literary Awards have recognized the best in Island writing by writers of all ages. Cash prizes are awarded to individuals who place first, second, and third in both the adult and young people’s awards categories. Many past award winners are now published authors.

Please follow the Island Literary Awards on Facebook (@IslandLiteraryAwards), on Twitter (@IslandLiterary) or visit peiwritersguild.com for more information.

The Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild (PEIWG) is a dynamic organization dedicated to promoting the growth and quality of literary arts on PEI.

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For more information:
Christian Gallant
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Cell: (902) 439-0126

Battle Tales Update

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2020 BATTLE TALES V WINNER, RYAN GALLANT FOR HIS STORY, “MPV”, JUDGED BY PATTI LARSEN.

Listen to Ryan’s Story on the PEIWG YouTube channel here:  

Image: Ryan Gallan

Member Bio

Ryan Gallant is a multi-genre author and screenwriter from Charlottetown. He has one novel published Crimson Zero, contributed to two short story anthologies GIFt Horse and GIFt Horse Vol. 2: ReGIFted and is on the verge of publishing his second novel, a  sequel to his first , Die  Today,   Live Tomorrow.

Follow Ryan on TwitterInstagram, and on Facebook 

Did you submit to Battle Tales? If so, Judge Patti Larsen has a few encouraging words for you!

Thanks to all our brave writers for taking part in Battle Tales, 2020!

PEIWB Board of D’s

No Open Mic for April

In accordance with the PEI government’s guidance on the issue of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel April’s open mic. We will issue a further announcement for May’s and June’s as we approach their respective dates. We apologize for the inconvenience.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Thien Tang

Thien Tang will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, March 12th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Between 1979 and 1980, one million Vietnamese refugees escaped their war-torn country while 60,000 settled in Canada. Dubbed the ‘boat people’, nearly 70% of them died during their perilous journey. Thien Tang survived and documented his tale in his memoir The Other Side of the Sun: The True Story of One Refugee’s Journey, published by Pottersfield Press in 2018.

Like thousands of others in 1979, Tang fled Vietnam on a small, crowded boat in search of a new life. But first he had to cross the treacherous South China Sea to reach Malaysia.

At sea, Tang’s ship was attacked by pirates and shot at by police. On land, as an unwanted refugee in Malaysia, he and his fellow refugees were jailed, starved, and beaten, but survival only brought on tougher challenges. The Malaysian soldiers forced them at gunpoint back into their damaged boat to be towed to sea and left to die.

Tang originally planned to seek asylum in the United States but ultimately found the refuge he was seeking in Prince Edward Island, Canada where he lives today.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work— poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Thien will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

Framing Your Short Story: A Workshop for Youth

On Saturday, February 22nd,  a new PEIWG workshop called, Framing Your Short Story, will teach young writers (ages 8–13) how to frame a story, from the beginning to the end. Bestselling middle-grade author Jaime Lee Mann will walk students through her personal process of writing books, paying particular attention on the outline.

By the end of the day, students will have a ten-page short story outlined. This workshop is perfect for anyone thinking about submitting to the Island Literary Awards (deadline: Feb 28!), as it will help spark the initial idea and framework needed to guide the story. 

Topics include:

  • The hero’s journey
  • Obstacles standing in the hero’s way (internal vs external struggle)
  • Character sketches of the hero and the villain 
  • World building
  • Three-act process for outlining a story
  • The “Sticky note” outline

During the last 30 minutes of the workshop, students will engage in individual writing time. Jaime Lee will be available if anyone would like to share their writing or get help with a beginning, end, or plot problem.

The workshop will run on Saturday, February 22nd at the Haviland Club, from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Cost is $45; please bring pencils / pens and a notebook.

Register Here

About the Instructor

When Jaime Lee Mann was nine years old, she decided she would be an author when she grew up. Her first novel was Elora of Stone. JL (as her family calls her) lives in a pretty house in Prince Edward Island with her husband and two daughters. In addition to writing her own creative fiction, JL also co-owns a writing and editing business, called Manley Mann, where she writes books and things for other people. Now that the Legend of Rhyme series is complete, JL is working on a new series of books, this time, for a YA audience.

Battle Tales V: Battle Harder Rules&Regulations

PSST! The prompts for Battle Tales V: Battle Harder! have been released. You can find them here!

To the bards of our tiny, industrious island,

The holidays are over and now only the gloom of an eternal winter lies before us.  The gloaming is all about, the unkind cold envelops us…but wait.  There…in the distance…a dim light, growing brighter, a spark, a flame.  The creativity and imagination of countless writers are kicking at the darkness (thanks Bruce) and leading us to a brighter day.

We here at the PEI Writers’ Guild are always sad to see the holidays end. It makes us itchy. Really itchy. We itch for one thing, and one thing only. We itch to battle.

You know what this means, don’t you? It means it’s time once again for a brand new Battle Tales contest! And just what is Battle Tales, you ask? Why, it’s a week of literary gladiatorship, heroism, and probably a lot of nail-biting. More than anything, it’s a week in which we lock ourselves indoors and rattle out the finest fiction this island has ever produced.

Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll issue three writing prompts at 12:01 am, Sunday, January 19th on Facebook, Twitter, and on our website (www.peiwritersguild.com).
  • The prompts will detail a few items your short story must be based on—perhaps a floor speckled in dried-out Christmas-tree needles, or a hernia caused by hefting decorations down to the basement. Maybe a brown Christmas tree at the end of a driveway, or perhaps a New Year’s resolution you just couldn’t keep. Whatever the prompts may be, they need to form the basis of your story. (Thanks Keith)
  • Then it’s off to the literary races. Your wonderful and exciting stories can be submitted online via this button:
  • (Be sure to click the Battle Tales V: Battle Harder category when presented with the submissions menu.)submit
  • Anything received by 11:59 pm on Saturday, January 25th will be accepted. We’re looking for stories under 2500 words, written by residents of Prince Edward Island.
  • You don’t need to be a member of the PEI Writers’ Guild to enter, but we sure would love to have you.

At the end of the battle, we will look over the fields, collecting the works of our valiant scribes and will with all haste dispatch them to our fair, impartial and spiky haired judge, the fabulous Patti Larsen.  While feasting on grapes and olives and being fanned by palm leaves plucked from trees from only the most exotic locations, our judge will determine our victor.

Please refrain from putting your name on the story you submit. Enter it only during the submission process, along with any relevant contact information in case we need to reach you. Everything is kept strictly anonymous, 100% incognito, purely hush-hush.

“What’s in it for me?” you’re wondering. The short answer is this: local celebrity and a mighty dollop of personal pride! But wait, there’s more. The winner of the contest will receive our highly-coveted Battle Tales trophy, a year’s free membership with the PEIWG, and will be featured online and in The Squall newsletter. You’ll also get a full year’s bragging rights to all your pals, and you can even use the fact you won as an ice breaker at parties.

The winner will be announced during the PEI Writers’ Guild Winter Writing Social at Upstreet Craft Brewery on Alan Street in Charlottetown. Time and date to be announced soon!

We can’t wait to see what you’ll create.

Details:

Contest begins: 12:01 am, Sunday, January 19th
Contest ends: 11:59 pm on Saturday, January 25th
Max length: 2500 words

 

Battle Tales V: Battle Harder! The prompts are here…

This is it! The moment you have been waiting for. The runners have taken their marks…the starter’s pistol is raised high and straight…AND we are off!

Your THREE prompts for Battle Tales V: Battle Harder:

  1. A familiar song heard in an unexpected place
  2. A piece of advice from a stranger
  3. A traveller departing

And now it’s up to you. Maybe you’ve already plotted a narrative and can integrate the prompts effortlessly.  Maybe you’re starting from scratch, following an unidentified protagonist (or antagonist, it’s your choice) until the story starts. Maybe you’re starting with a song, or some wisdom passed along, or a destination.  Your story must incorporate all THREE prompts but after that, it’s all you.  Use them as a jumping off point, use them as a conclusion, use them in passing or use them as your primary proposition.  Use them creatively or use them passively, but be sure to use them in a way that blow our judge’s mind.

Perhaps Ray is at the airport, waiting in line at the café for a coffee before his flight.  The woman behind him, someone’s grandmother based on a barely overheard conversation at security, was humming Kendirck Lamar’s “Alright.” She tugged at his sleeve to catch his attention.  “Try the French roast,” she said, “it’s delicious”

Or something more tense, like Mal’s first job.  Fixer Joe, his prison connection who thought he had the makings of a great second story man, recommended him.  It was a four-man crew and the wiry guy with too much nervous energy was doing all the talking.  The mark was going out of town, leaving tonight.  Mal leaned back in his chair and could hear the big guy behind him, a boxer by the look of him, saying something under his breath.  Mal tuned the talker out as much as he could until he heard the big man mumbling the lyrics to “You’re So Vain.” He saw Mal and stopped, raised his shades and told him straight up “Don’t trust this fool.”

Or maybe it was the three days and four connecting flights that finally brought them all here.  The kids were on their bests for the entire trip in anticipation of this moment.  She saved for more than a year since she first took the children to see the movie, splurging only on the soundtrack and DVD.  It was all worth it.  They were primed to explode.  The kid at the ticket booth told her the first show of the day was always the best.  The snowman, two princesses and twenty dancers were bounding onto stage.  Jamie, five, was squirming like she had to pee.  Henrietta, who goes by Hank and had turned 4 last month, was holding her breath like a deep-sea diver.  The lights dimmed and the silent expectancy was broken immediately as Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” exploded from the speakers.

And these…are not good.  YOU can do much better.  We exit the arena and leave it to you, THE WORTHY, to battle harder.  But it must be a fair fight, so the rules, the regulations and the glory can be found HERE!  GOOD LUCK, MIGHTY BATTLERS!!!

Battle Tales V: Battle Harder

Battle Tales V: Battle Harder is a short story contest that will run January 19th at 12:01 am until January 26th at 11:59 pm.

Brought to you by the PEI Writers’ Guild, Battle Tales gives participants three writing prompts and one week to write a story for the chance to win all the glory this frantic, low-stakes contest has to offer.

Battle Tales is free to enter and submissions must be previously unpublished work, but after that, let your imaginations run wild!

Moreover, speaking of wild imaginations, this year’s judge will be author Patti Larsen who will be sharing some writing tips on the website.  Patti is an international, multiple-award-winning independent author of all things fiction with over a hundred titles in happy publication.  The winner will be featured on peiwritersguild.com and in their newsletter, will receive a year’s membership to the PEIWG and will lay claim to the much-coveted Battle Tales trophy.  Oh, there is also a knighting ceremony.

Stay tuned to more information on how to enter, updates and encouragement and most importantly, the battle prompts at www.peiwritersguild.com.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Clint Morrison

Clinton Morrison will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, February 13th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

J  Clinton “Clint” Morrison was born in the small rural community of Conway, PEI on February 9th, 1948. He was educated in a one-room public school before attending O’Leary Regional High in 1962. He is an Education and History graduate from Prince of Wales College and the University of Prince Edward Island and taught in PEI schools from 1968 to 2003. In 1997, he established Crescent Isle Publishers in Summerside.

Clint has been researching, writing, editing and publishing books on PEI history, genealogy, and poetry since 1975, and is the recipient of numerous major awards: the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation’s Award of Honour (1985); the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation’s Mary Cornfoot Brehaut Award (1996);  he is also the recipient of a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History (1985). He has contributed short stories and poetry to West Prince Arts Council publications, and has written several articles for The Island Magazine, published by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. He is also the author or general editor of twelve books on Island history. Clint has three children and lives in Summerside with his wife, Pearl.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work— poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Clint will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.