From the Contest Coordinator 2006

Welcome to this Anthology of work submitted to the 14th Annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing contest. Once again, writers from all over Canada, the US and the world have contributed their stories and poetry to this ever-growing competition.

This year we added a new category: Writing For Young People. We asked for stories from adult writers who produce work designed to be read by young eyes. Submissions included chapter-type stories, tales for middle grade children and stories for young adults. We had an astounding array of entries that put our judges to the test. Our thanks go out to the judges for their temerity in the face of some tough decision-making!

Our judges include:
Diana Gabaldon & Jack Whyte (Storytellers Award) Jack and Diana have, each in their own way, had an incredible year so far. Jack’s new book, Knights of the Black and White, first in the Templar series, has been published to great acclaim. Diana, author of the best-selling Outlander and Lord John series, recently won both the International Corine book award in Germany and the Quills Award (for best book in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genre) in New York City. We extend our thanks to Jack and Diana for their generous financial co-sponsorship of this award.

Elizabeth Lyon & Julie Ferguson (Nonfiction) Elizabeth is a long-time friend of the Surrey International Writers’ Conference is an author, editor, teacher and speaker whose most recent work is the National Directory of Editors and Writers. She has books lined up to come out in 2007 and 2008. Julie has been writing non-fiction for more than 35 years. She has written books on subjects as diverse as naval history and crusading bishops.

David West & Bernice Lever (Poetry) David is the author of numerous collections of poetry, several poetry chapbooks, and articles and stories for adults and children. Formerly a poetry editor of The Fiddlehead, he taught poetry at the Maritime Writers workshop and currently teaches at Douglas College. Bernice has been a teacher of students of every level from kindergarten to university. She has taught at Seneca College, Ryerson Polytechnic, York University, and the Ontario College of Art and Design. A long-time member of the League of Canadian Poets, in 2000, she was awarded the first ever Honorary Lifetime Member in the Canadian Poetry Association. In 2004, she was awarded the Allan Sangster plaque for her work for the Canadian Authors Association, of which she is a lifetime member.

Shelley Hrdlitschka & John Wilson (Writing For Young People Award) A former school teacher, ShelIey now divides her time between parenting and writing. As well as three daughters and her husband, she shares her home with two cats, a dog and a guinea pig (all boys). Shelley has published six novels for young adults. John spends his time and energies on creating historical fictions for children and adults and crafting biographies of people who interest him. He has written more than a dozen books for young people. He teaches when he can and considers himself a Renaissance man in the sense that he probably earns enough money to have lived comfortably in sixteenth century Florence.

We extend our most sincere thanks to these generous individuals for shouldering the task of decision-making this year.

Congratulations to this year’s winning writers!

We hope you will read and enjoy these winning entries, and then join us next year when we bring you the 15th Annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Contest. We welcome your entries – watch the website at for details.

kc dyer, Contest Coordinator