Novice Contest Winners Announced

God Uses Ink Novice Contest 2010 Media Release from The Word Guild

May 4, 2010


The Word Guild rewards writing excellence by never-before-published authors in its 2010 “God Uses Ink” writing awards.

Guelph, Ontario— Seven novice writers have been awarded prizes in The Word Guild’s “God Uses Ink” writing Contest for 2010. These winners represent a group of emerging writers ready to augment the already large number of award-winning Canadian writers who write from a Christian worldview.

Each year The Word Guild, a Canadian association of writers and editors who are Christian, recognizes the talents of aspiring writers who have never been published.  Awards are given in three age groups—14 to 19, 20 to 39 and 40-plus.

“The entries in the 20 to 39-year category were solid and varied,” commented Violet Nesdoly, one of the two judges.  “There was not a big range between the bottom and top marks with a nice mix of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. For readers of Canadian writers who are Christian, there is an interesting variety of voices waiting in the wings.”

Joanne Walton
of Kingston, Ontario, won in the 20 to 39 year-old category and Maureen Newman of Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia, took top honours in the 40-plus category.

Jordana Shell of Claresholm, Alberta, and Anita Rossi McQuarrie of King City, Ontario, took second place in the 20 to 39 and 40-plus categories respectively.

Third place finishes went to Corrine Clyne of Winnipeg, Manitoba in the 14 to 19 category, Heather Boersma, also of Winnipeg, in the 20 to 39 category and Dean Crawford of London, Ontario, in the 40-plus category.

The first prize in each division—free registration to Write! Canada, Canada’s largest Christian writers’ conference—is worth nearly $400. Second prize is a $100 gift certificate for The Word Guild and third prize is a $50 gift certificate for The Word Guild, both of which may be used for conference registration, membership, etc.

This year’s topic was a challenging one, “Ignite the Creative Side of Your Brain,” which is also the theme for the 26th annual Write! Canada conference, to be held from June 17 to 19, 2010, in Guelph, Ontario.

Entries could be submitted in fiction, non-fiction or poetry. The contest received 27 submissions.

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