32nd Annual Island Literary Awards Shortlist Announcement

Shortlist Announcements

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce the shortlist for both the Cox & Palmer 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 Saturday, May 18 at the Rodd Charlottetown hotel.

During the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, adults will be recognized for excellence in Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Literature for Children, Short Story as well as Indigenous Writing. The gala will take place from 7-10 pm on Saturday, May 18 at the Rodd Charlottetown. The evening will be hosted by Island comedian Patrick Ledwell and will feature performances by local musicians.

Short-listed writers for adult categories are as follows:

The Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Literature for Children Award: Eric Leamont, Michael Wheeler, Samantha Desjardins Joyce, Valerie Vuillemot.

Poetry Award: Carter Bertram Clifford Smith, Emily Cann, M. Candace Hagen, Rick Sparkes.

Maritime Electric Short Story Award: Michael Pagé, Michelle Barton, Rick Sparkes, Ryan Gallant.

Creative Non-Fiction Award: Konrad Wendt, Mark Enman, Melanie Taylor.

Acorn Press Marie Coyoteblanc Indigenous Writing Award Novalea MacKinnon.

Youth will be honoured for their excellence in literary arts during the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People which will take place on Saturday, May 18 between 1:30-3pm at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. Julie Pellisier-Lush, Poet Laureate of PEI, will host the award gala which will honour youth in Early Elementary, Late Elementary, Junior High and Senior High.

Short-listed writers for the youth categories are as follows:
Early Elementary: Andrew Jorritsma, Ben Bowman, Miguel Delgado-Keough.

Late Elementary: Habiba Laaroussi, Madeline MacRae, Mateo Delgado-Keough, Sheamus Herlihy.

Junior High: Isabel Beardsley, Lilly O’Rielly, Nicolas Dickieson, Noah Killorn.

Senior High:
Arielle Dunn, Darragh Clayton, Lily Campbell.
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.

Tickets to both awards galas are free but seating is limited.

To book your free tickets for the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, please visit – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cox-palmer-island-literary-awards-tickets-61038557970

To book your free tickets for the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People, please visit – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-rotary-club-of-charlottetown-royalty-creative-writing-awards-for-young-people-gala-tickets-61041228959

Please follow the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards on Facebook (@IslandLiteraryAwards) or visit peiwritersguild.com for more information on both of these events.

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

The 2016 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards Shortlist

The PEI Writers’ Guild is thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 29th Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards. The prize winners will be revealed at the gala awards ceremonies on Saturday, May 7th. Starting at 1:30pm at The Guild (111 Queen Street, Charlottetown), the afternoon celebration will present the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. The awards will be hosted by award-winning author, Patti Larsen.  Short-listed writers for the Young People’s Awards categories are as follows:

  • Early Elementary: Alyson Barrett, Rami Kaboush, Finn Galaise
  • Late Elementary: Bella Galaise, Seth Dockendorff, Dana Carmicheal, Michaela M. Doucette, Susan Wu, Ashlyn Gamester, Lily Saucier, Lindsay Nelson, Isobel Pamela Beardsley.
  • Junior High: Berry Genge, Chloe Dockendorff, Vivian Huang, Breanna Mayne, Fiona Clancey, Isabel Wagner, Payton Alexander, Grace Lloyd, Enrique Aburto Arreguin, Noelle Pettipas.
  • Senior High: Lilly Hickox, Caitlin Atkinson, Lauren Constable, Rose Henbest, Tarini Fernando, Joseph Simmonds, D. Sebastien Anchikoski.

 

Karen Mair from CBC’s Mainstreet will host the evening awards gala at 7:00 pm at The Mack (128 Great George Street, Charlottetown). The awards will be presented alongside the PEI Book Awards at the penultimate event of Reading Town PEI, which takes place April 30-May 8. The ceremony will feature performances by cast members of the Charlottetown Festival. Short-listed writers for adult categories are as follows:

  • L.M. Montgomery* PEI Writing for Children Award: Shani Gillespie, Amanda Morrison, Margo Connors, Jason Rogerson.
  • Milton Acorn Poetry Award: Tanya Nicolle MacCallum, Charity Becker, Rick Sparkes.
  • Maritime Electric Short Story Award: Suzanne Mills, Tanya Nicole MacCallum, Dave Stewart, Ann Winslow.
  • The Guild Creative Non-Fiction Award: Sophia Ball, Helena Sullivan, Suzanne Mills, Kelly Kieran Sampson, Amanda Morrison.

*L.M. Montgomery is a trademark of the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.

Judges for this year’s adult Cox & Palmer Island Literary Award categories were Kate Inglis (Nova Scotia), Stephanie Domet (Nova Scotia), William Kowalski (Nova Scotia) and Jamie Forsythe (Nova Scotia). Judges for the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Young People’s Awards were Lydia Banks, Connor Kelly and Justin Clow.

Cash prizes are generously donated by Island governments, businesses, organizations, and individuals.

And the 2015 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards go to…

IMG_0134The Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce the winners of the 28th annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards.

The Island’s younger writers were honoured at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People on the afternoon of September 19.

Early Elementary: 1st prize, Lillian Mallett (LM Montgomery); 2nd prize, Sebastian Kennedy (LM Montgomery); 3rd prize, Navija Siriwardane (Sherwood); honourable mentions, Joel Jason Farrell (LM Montgomery), Lauren Graham (West Kent). Late Elementary: 1st prize, Seth Dockendorff (homeschooled); 2nd prize, Eliza Dickie (Spring Park); 3rd prize, Lilly O’Rielly (West Kent); honourable mention, Lindsey Hood (Spring Park).

Junior Secondary: 1st prize, Chloe Dockendorff (homeschooled); 2nd prize, Jack Morse (Queen Charlotte); 3rd prize, Libby Douglas (Queen Charlotte); honourable mentions, Zoë Schaefer (Queen Charlotte), Amanda MacBain (Queen Charlotte). Senior Secondary: 1st prize, Emily McClean (Colonel Gray); 2nd prize, Kiera Mayhew (Charlottetown Rural); 3rd prize, Annie Compton (Bluefield); honourable mention, Kass Palter (Charlottetown Rural).

The School Participation Award for the most entries was given to Allison Giggy, who teaches at Queen Charlotte Intermediate School in Charlottetown.

The adult awards were presented at the gala ceremony the evening of September 19. Maritime Electric Short Story Awards: 1st prize, Olivia Robinson; 2nd prize, Tanya Nicolle MacCallum; 3rd prize, Margôt Maddison-MacFadyen; honourable mentions, Louise Burley, Sarah Glassford. Lucy Maud Montgomery* PEI Literature for Children Awards: 1st prize, Yvette Doucette; 2nd prize, Lindsay Gillis; 3rd prize, Christine Gordon-Manley; honourable mention, Suzanne Mills. (*L.M. Montgomery is a trademark of the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.)

Milton Acorn Poetry Award: 1st prize, Chris Bailey; 2nd prize, Yvette Doucette; 3rd prize, Michelle Barton; honourable mention, Sarah Glassford. Clary Pottie Creative Non-Fiction Award: 1st prize, Tanya Nicolle MacCallum; 2nd prize, Louise Burley; 3rd prize, Chris Bailey; honourable mention, Michael Conway.

This year’s Joseph Sherman Award for Special Contribution to the Literary Arts on Prince Edward Island was presented to Karen Mair, host of CBC Radio’s “Main Street.”

On behalf of Island writers, The PEI Writers’ Guild is grateful for the generous support of the prize sponsors and donors, especially Cox & Palmer and the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, Maritime Electric, the heirs of LM Montgomery, and the families of Milton Acorn and Clary Pottie.

Full list of sponsors, partners, donors, and volunteers (in no particular order):

Cox & Palmer, Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty; *Heirs of L.M. Montgomery; Maritime Electric; Clary Pottie Family; Acorn Family; City of Charlottetown; Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture; The Investors Group; The Guardian; P.E.I. Teacher’s Federation; The Buzz; Provincial Credit Union; Ooka Island Inc.; Home Hardware Charlottetown; KKP Charlottetown; The Acorn Press; The Bookmark; P.E.I. Public Library Service; Dunes Studio, Gallery and Café and Peter Jansons; Alan Preston of Hearts and Flowers; Bernard Michaud, Penumbra Press; Making Words Matter – Lori Mayne; Peter Nishimura and Angela MacLaren; Sean and Wendy Wiebe; Orysia Dawydiak and David Sims; Dianne and Andy Morrow; John Smith; Michael Conway; Jock Murray and Janet Pottie Murray; Pat and Malcolm Murray; Judy Gaudet & David Helwig; Renée Blanchette; Steven Mayoff; Ruth Mischler Howatt; Yvette Doucette; Ken Fornetran, Ian Thoms, Isaac Williams, musicians; Joy Tremblay, graphic designer, Anne Furlong; and our anonymous community donor.

The PEI Writers’ Guild also thanks the folks who participated in solidifying the 2015 Awards: MCs Karen Mair and Lee Ellen Pottie; Judges: Laurie Brinklow, Michelle Butler-Hallett, Valerie Compton, Allan Cooper, Benton Hartley, and Allyson Trainor; volunteers, and all those who submitted their work or contributed their time and effort to the 28th Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards.

26th Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards features new gala

CHARLOTTETOWN — The P.E.I. Writers’ Guild will celebrate the best in Island writing with a new awards gala and celebration of student writing at the 26th annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards.

This year’s awards will take place Saturday, October 19, at The Guild in Charlottetown and will include a ceremony for the student categories at 2 p.m. and an adult awards gala at 7 p.m.

At the afternoon celebration of student writing, writer and educator Lee Ellen Pottie will emcee the presentation of the Rotary Club of  Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. The afternoon  will feature readings by first place winners, musical entertainment by  children’s author Deirdre Kessler, and a juice and candy bar.

Riel Nason
Riel Nason

Karen Mair from CBC’s Mainstreet will host the evening awards  gala. The ceremony will feature a special guest reading by Riel Nason, the New Brunswick author who won the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize for Canada and  Europe, the 2012 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and the 2013 Frye Academy Award for her first novel, The Town That Drowned. The gala will also feature a special reading by P.E.I.’s own poet laureate Dianne Hicks Morrow, readings by first place winners, musical entertainment by Justin Simard and Todd MacLean, and a cash bar.

The gala awards presentations include the L.M. Montgomery* P.E.I. Literature for Children Awards, Maritime Electric Short Story Awards, Clary Pottie Creative Non-Fiction Awards, Milton Acorn Poetry Awards, Joseph Sherman Award, and the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on Prince Edward Island – along with several other special honours.

Each year, the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild hosts the awards to encourage P.E.I.’s up-and-coming writers. Cash prizes are generously donated by businesses and organizations in the community.

We are pleased to have Cox & Palmer as our event sponsor, and we are also grateful for the support of The Heirs of L.M. Montgomery*, the Milton Acorn family, Maritime Electric, Clary Pottie family, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, award sponsors and many other generous sponsors. Review our prize sponsors by visiting our sponsorship page.

For more information, e-mail [email protected].

(*L.M. MONTGOMERY IS A TRADEMARK OF THE HEIRS OF L.M. MONTGOMERY INC.)

 

25th Cox & Palmer Annual Island Literary Awards Announce Winners

The 25th Cox & Palmer Annual Island Literary Awards Ceremony was held Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at the Murphy’s Community Centre. 

 Over one hundred people from all over PEI descended on the Murphy’s Centre on Sunday afternoon for the 25th Anniversary of the Cox & Palmer Annual Island Literary Awards.   This event was hosted by Kirk MacKinnon. 

The PEI Writers’ Guild would like to extend appreciation to our 1st Event Sponsor, Cox & Palmer. We would also like to thank The Department of  Education and Early Childhood Development, the City of Charlottetown, The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, Maritime Electric, The Milton Acorn Family, The Clary Pottie Family, Investors Group, The Guardian, The Buzz, PEI Teachers Federation, Acorn Press, and all private sponsors who make these awards possible year after year.

 Award Winners:

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Young People’s Creative Writing Awards

Early Elementary Honourable Mentions – Bonnie Thompson and Seth Dockendorff

Early Elementary Third Place – Lilly O’Rielly

Early Elementary Second Place – Seth Dockendorff

Early Elementary First Place – Seth Dockendorff 

Late Elementary Honourable Mention – Chloe Dockendorff

Late Elementary Third Place – Fiona Nicholson

Late Elementary Second Place – Chloe Dockendorff

Late Elementary First Place – Chloe Dockendorff

 Junior High Honourable Mentions – Olivia Wigmore and Bailey Brydon

Junior High Third Place – Ben MacCallum

Junior High Second Place – Lisa Rogerson

Junior High First Place – Emily McClean

 Senior High Honourable Mention – Marcus Richard

Senior High Third Place – Cameron Alexander Crane

Senior High Second Place – Emily Cann

Senior High First Place – Katie Van Leeuwen

The School Participation Award

Gulf Shore Consolidated School

THE MILTON ACORN POETRY AWARDS

Honourable Mention – Ashley Prince

Honourable Mention – Paul Vreeland

Acorn Press: Third Place – Marcia Gardiner

Second Place – Susan Buchanan

Acorn Family: First Place – Patrick Leath

THE L.M. Montgomery PEI Literature for Children Awards

Heirs of L.M. Third Place – Susan Buchanan

Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Second Place – Jennifer Tasker

Heirs of L.M. Montgomery First Place – Jean-Paul Arsenault

THE MARITIME ELECTRIC SHORT STORY AWARDS

 Third Place – Dylan Riley

 Second Place – Jean-Paul Arsenault

The Investors Group: First Place – Paul Vreeland

THE CLARY POTTIE CREATIVE NON-FICTION AWARDS

Honourable Mention – Susan Smither

Honourable Mention – Paul Vreeland

The Buzz: Third Place – John MacDougall

PEI Literacy Alliance: Second Place – Irene Larkin

The Guardian: First Place – Lori Mayne

The Réshard Gool Award

Recipient – Patrick Leath

 

25th Cox & Palmer Annual Island Literary Awards Announce Winners

The 25th Cox & Palmer Annual Island Literary Awards Ceremony was held Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at the Murphy’s Community Centre. 

 Over one hundred people from all over PEI descended on the Murphy’s Centre on Sunday afternoon for the 25th Anniversary of the Cox & Palmer Annual Island Literary Awards.   This event was hosted by Kirk MacKinnon. 

The PEI Writers’ Guild would like to extend appreciation to our 1st Event Sponsor, Cox & Palmer. We would also like to thank The Department of  Education and Early Childhood Development, the City of Charlottetown, The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, Maritime Electric, The Milton Acorn Family, The Clary Pottie Family, Investors Group, The Guardian, The Buzz, PEI Teachers Federation, Acorn Press, and all private sponsors who make these awards possible year after year.

 Award Winners:

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Young People’s Creative Writing Awards

Early Elementary Honourable Mentions – Bonnie Thompson and Seth Dockendorff

Early Elementary Third Place – Lilly O’Rielly

Early Elementary Second Place – Seth Dockendorff

Early Elementary First Place – Seth Dockendorff 

Late Elementary Honourable Mention – Chloe Dockendorff

Late Elementary Third Place – Fiona Nicholson

Late Elementary Second Place – Chloe Dockendorff

Late Elementary First Place – Chloe Dockendorff

 Junior High Honourable Mentions – Olivia Wigmore and Bailey Brydon

Junior High Third Place – Ben MacCallum

Junior High Second Place – Lisa Rogerson

Junior High First Place – Emily McClean

 Senior High Honourable Mention – Marcus Richard

Senior High Third Place – Cameron Alexander Crane

Senior High Second Place – Emily Cann

Senior High First Place – Katie Van Leeuwen

The School Participation Award

Gulf Shore Consolidated School

THE MILTON ACORN POETRY AWARDS

Honourable Mention – Ashley Prince

Honourable Mention – Paul Vreeland

Acorn Press: Third Place – Marcia Gardiner

Second Place – Susan Buchanan

Acorn Family: First Place – Patrick Leath

THE L.M. Montgomery PEI Literature for Children Awards

Heirs of L.M. Third Place – Susan Buchanan

Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Second Place – Jennifer Tasker

Heirs of L.M. Montgomery First Place – Jean-Paul Arsenault

THE MARITIME ELECTRIC SHORT STORY AWARDS

 Third Place – Dylan Riley

 Second Place – Jean-Paul Arsenault

The Investors Group: First Place – Paul Vreeland

THE CLARY POTTIE CREATIVE NON-FICTION AWARDS

Honourable Mention – Susan Smither

Honourable Mention – Paul Vreeland

The Buzz: Third Place – John MacDougall

PEI Literacy Alliance: Second Place – Irene Larkin

The Guardian: First Place – Lori Mayne

The Réshard Gool Award

Recipient – Patrick Leath

 

2012 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards Ceremony

2012 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards Ceremony

 Join with the PEI Writers’ Guild on Sunday, September 30, 2012as we announce the winners of the 2012 Cox & PalmerIsland Literary Awards and honour writing on Prince Edward Island. For twenty-five years the Island Literary Awards have encouraged and rewarded the provinces’ up-and-coming writers with cash prizes and recognition. The PEI Writers’ Guild is excited to announce that the 2012 Island Literary Awards Ceremony will take place from 2:00–4:00 p.m.Sunday, September 30th at the Murphy’s Community Centre onRichmond Street inCharlottetown.

 

Prizes will be presented to winners for the following adult writing categories:

The L.M. Montgomery*PEILiterature for Children Awards, The Maritime Electric Short Story Award, The Clary Pottie Creative Non-Fiction Awards, and the Milton Acorn Poetry Awards. Prizes for the Young People’s Creative Writing category sponsored by the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty will also be awarded at the ceremony.

 

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to have Cox & Palmer as our event sponsor this year. We are also very grateful for the support of The Heirs of L.M. Montgomery, Maritime Electric,  Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, the Milton Acorn family, and the Clary Pottie family as award sponsors and many other generousIslandprize sponsors. It would not be possible to host the literary awards without this support and the PEI Writers’ Guild thanks all of our sponsors and donors for their support.

 

For more information, please email [email protected] or visit our website: www.peiwritersguild.com.

 

(*L.M.MONTGOMERYIS A TRADEMARK OF THE HEIRS OF L.M. MONTGOMERY INC.)