Charlottetown, PE – May 6, 2020 - 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 AwardThis 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 AwardsSince 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.
It is with heavy hearts that we at the PEI Writers’ Guild must announce that Wild Threads will not be presenting a literary festival on Prince Edward Island in 2020. Working with the new public health measures of no mass gatherings, we knew that we would not be able to hold our festival this year.
The good news is that most of our Wild Threads presenters that were booked for this year are still interested in joining us next year, in 2021. Thus at that time, we will be presenting a dynamic and rich pattern of panels, workshops, and community readings for you to enjoy. There will be more news on the rollout of 2021 in the weeks and months to come.
We are so thankful to our funding partners and corporate sponsors, and all friends of Wild Threads who have been contacting us to offer support. We look forward to brighter days when we will see you writing your ways to our shores again.
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that the writing community on Prince Edward Island and around the world is resilient. It has pushed us towards new competency, new life goals, and in some ways, a new normal.
I will close with the words of L.M. Montgomery, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”
Mo Duffy Cobb
Artistic Director of Wild Threads &
President, PEI Writers’ Guild
The PEI Writers’ Guild Board of Directors have been thinking of ways to connect the writing community across PEI at a time when we’re not meeting face to face, and we’re starting with the poets. April is poetry month, after all!
Here’s how it works:
1. Take a video of yourself (or someone else) reading a poem. You can read an original poem of yours or share a favourite poem, penned by someone else (just please state who, to give them credit).
2. Send to us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Throughout the month of April, we’ll post these videos over on our main PEI Writers’ Guild Facebook page. Feel free to share them and fill Facebook with poetry.
Tip: Please try to keep your video under 60 seconds—these are meant to be short videos.
ALSO, If you are a poet and would like to host a live reading event, we would love to support you. Please email us at email@example.com and we can chat logistics.
Remember, as Oscar Wilde once said, “a poet can survive everything but a misprint.”
Let’s lift the Island spirits through poetry! Who’s in?
NOTE: Facebook only allows Events to be in 2-week spurts, so we'll repost this half-way through the month.
Read more on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/286545479001987/
Listen to Ryan's Story on our YouTube channel here:
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday, January 25th, a new PEIWG workshop called, The Magic of Storytelling, explores the rich heritage of oral tradition.
Led by Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island and author Julie Pellissier-
Lush, this day-long event will be a time of sharing, learning, and understanding the value of the written word and the spoken word.
"Storytelling is a way to teach and share information," says Pellissier-Lush. "People will take what they need from the story to help them move forward on their journey."
The Magic of Storytelling will give people an introduction to storytelling and writing skills to help them share their experiences better with others.
Are you a storyteller? Julie will begin with telling you some of her favourite stories, and then wants to hear one of yours. "Each participant will pick one of their favourite stories and write it down as they remember it," Pellissier-Lush notes, as well as "take certain parts of a story, weave the magic into it, and share it back."
"We are all keepers of our stories, and we all have the ability to share them with love and passion. This workshop may help people start writing down their own stories more, with a new understanding of how important they are, and to present their stories with a new confidence," Julie adds.
The workshop will run on Saturday, January 25th, at the Haviland Club, from 9:00am until 4:00pm, with one hour for lunch. Cost is $50 for Guild members and $60 for non-members.
Julie Pellissier-Lush is an actress and bestselling author of ‘My Mi’kmaq Mother’. She writes, acts, and does photography to preserve the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq culture for future generations. Julie wrote the poems for the play Mi’kmaq Legends in 2010, which were showcased on the beautiful Charlottetown waterfront, and was performed over 100 times. Last year, Julie became the first indigenous Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island. Julie lives in PEI with her husband Rick, her five children, and her granddaughter Miah.
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