The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce that this year, Battle Tales IV: We Battle On! received so many excellent submissions that we broke with tradition and named two runners up and four honourable mentions in addition to naming a winner.
- Rite by Ryan Gallant
- In a Strange Room You Must Empty Yourself For Sleep by Michelle Barton
- Chicken or Go by Kevin Yarr
- Nameless Neighbours by Sharon Lucy Robson
- Foursight by Daniel Brown
- A Murder Most Foal by John Robertson
Runners up receive judge’s notes and gift certificates to Bookmark.
Winner of Battle Tales IV: We Battle On!
The winner of Battle Tales IV: We Battle On! is Matthew MacKay for his outstanding battle tale Paradise Found.
Paradise Found, the story of Orson Welles holed up in a swanky Parisian hotel room, ordering copious amounts of food and drink as the hotel manager pesters him to pay his bill, is both witty and delightful.
The pop culture references fly thick and fast as Orson watches, via theAmerican TV feed, William F. Buckley debate a drunken Jack Kerouac on Firing Line and then a terrible Elvis movie, Harum Scarum, with Mary Anne Mobley, all the while searching for an idea for his next project.
It was striking how much enjoyment was taken in rendering Welles’ larger than life personality and old Hollywood excess. The embedding of the prompts into the story was also seamless and used great humour.
The winner of Battle Tales IV: We Battle On! receives one year free membership with the PEI Writers’ Guild, a gift certificate to Bookmark, judge’s notes, and the highly-coveted Battle Tales trophy.
We here at the PEIWG wish to thank everyone who took part in Battle Tales this year. We hope you enjoyed the contest, and most importantly, that you had fun putting words to page. Thank you all for making it a huge success!