Writing Contest Awards 2005 Winners

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2005 Winners


Storyteller’s Award First Place

Lake Kon-See-Kwents: A Cautionary Tale by Kimberly Lambert (centre)

Kimberly Lambert

Storyteller’s Hon Mention

The Piano by Linda Donovan


Storytellers Hon Mention

But Not Forgotten by Michael Hiebert (below centre)

Michael Hiebert
Michael Hiebert (centre)

Nonfiction First

Winter for Words by Christine Parton


Nonfiction Hon Mention

The Man With The Flying Notebook by Andy Mahood (below left)

Any Mahood

Nonfiction Hon Mention

This Time by Anne Herman (below right)

Anne Herman

Poetry First Place

Your boots (a post-partum poem) by Pamela Tarlow-Calder (below left)

Pamela Tarlow-Calder

Poetry Hon. Mention

Rainforest Waking by Joyce Statton

Joyce Statton

Joyce Statton (second from left) and Rhonda Ganz (second from right)

Poetry Hon. Mention

Shaughnessy Divorce by Rhonda Ganz



About the Authors

Linda Donovan
Linda M. Donovan is a creative writing coach, tutor, editor as well as the founder and Executive Director of To Write Well, a private, educational organization founded on the belief that “memorable writing is not a mystery, but a process of discovery, and that it does not belong to a privileged few, but to those who have a desire to express their thoughts clearly.”

Currently, she lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her passion is teaching style, the third canon of rhetoric, and her students range in age from 9 to 75, and from fiction to all forms of non-fiction. Her online writing workshops feature two courses: Impact of Style, which teaches the bedrock of language, i.e., diction, coherence, emphasis, and voice; and The Heart of Storytelling, which will be coming online in 2006 to teach the ‘chess moves’ that create memorable stories. A third course, The Anatomy of Horror, is under discussion.

Please visit Linda Donovan at www.ToWriteWell.com.

Rhonda Ganz
Since leaving Vancouver for Victoria seven years ago, Rhonda Ganz has been happy every day to live on the Island. She credits a poetry course at the Victoria School of Writing last summer for inspiring her to write poetry rather than continuing to think about writing poetry. When not working as a graphic designer to earn money to buy more plants for an adolescent garden, she paints botanical watercolours and reads too much crime fiction. She is working towards a published book of poems by 2010.
She dotes on her husband and three cats and amuses herself by learning the Latin names for perennials.

Anne Herman
Picture a woman…
Start with the feet. Blood red toe nails, high arches. Glamour girl marshmallow feet, you think. But see the calluses from running and climbing, see all the places those feet touch the ground. On dance floors in heels with twirling skirts, true, but also on stone and moss and grass. Those feet have carried her hundreds of miles.
Sometimes she travels in other ways, too. Sometimes she’s riding a runaway donkey cart, sometimes she’s swinging on a vine in Mexico, sometimes she’s kidnapped on a pirate ship.

Michael Hiebert
Michael Hiebert lives in Surrey, British Columbia and is a prolific author of novels and short stories. His work has been published in the United States, Canada and Europe, and last year he took first place in the Surrey International Writer’s Conference Storyteller’s Award. He has two children, eight computers (two down from last year), and is currently focused on finding a good agent. Hint. Hint.

Kimberly Lambert
Kim lives in northern Minnesota with her husband, four cats, two birds, and a drawer full of manuscripts, some dating from the late 1970s. Though she’s wanted to be a writer since grade school, she got side-tracked as an adult: first in the floral business, and then in prison (as an officer, not an inmate). She had a column in her local newspaper, and she wrote a series of professional newsletters while working in Corrections. But three years ago, she decided to pursue the one childhood dream she couldn’t quite let go of, and started writing fiction full-time. She is currently working on the second book of a historical trilogy set during World War II.

Andy Mahood
Andy Mahood has been a full-time writer since 1996 and, in that ten-year time span, has established himself as one of North America’s leading PC gaming journalists. A frequent contributor to high-circulation magazines and ‘web-zines’ such as PC Games, CNET Gamecenter, GameSpy, PC Accelerator, Maximum PC, the Official Xbox Magazine and PC Gamer, Andy currently has over 450 published articles, reviews and columns to his credit.

As the resident ‘Sim Columnist’ for PC Gamer magazine – a position he has held since August of 1999—Andy writes to a global audience of over 350,000 readers a month (PC Gamer is the world’s best-selling PC gaming consumer glossy). His outspoken and often humorous opinions on the state of computer gaming in general—and on the flight and racing simulation genres in particular—have made him one of the most widely read and best-known freelance gaming journalists at work today.

Andy recently completed his first novel—The Uno Affair—a motorsports-themed espionage thriller set in Paris, San Francisco and Vancouver. The manuscript is currently being shopped to North American publishers by his agent Sally Harding.
He also co-wrote Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight – Strategies & Secrets for Sybex Books with Doug Radcliffe in early 2003 (his first published non-fiction book). His editor on that project (Willem Knibbe) stated that “Andy’s wit, wisdom, and insight shine through even in game-related columns, reviews, and strategy guides—I can’t wait to read his novel.”

Andy is forty-nine years old and lives in New Westminster, British Columbia with his wife Debbie.

For more information, please visit www.andymahood.com.

Christine Parton
Christine Parton has completed a BA in English and a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa. She is currently taking classes through the Writing and Publishing Program at Simon Fraser. Though she enjoys life on the Sunshine Coast of BC, she is most inspired by northern altitudes and high places, such as the Yukon and the Rockies. Christine has recently published a book of poems, entitled AWRY, and, with her partner, is expecting their first child in January 2006.

And her hand holds a pen and she writes what she loves. Men, yes, always—and more. The pirate’s bare back as he sits at her table. The last peach of August, a cow elk and calf asleep in her yard. Eating and singing and blackberry pie. Waltzing, spinning four times in a row, and dipping her head to the floor.

This is a woman who loves to live.


Joyce Statton
Joyce Statton is a long-time Vancouverite. She began writing four years ago after a career in social and health services. Her distant background includes studies in Spanish and Latin American literature and history.

Statton has participated in a variety of workshops and writing courses and is currently working on a novel. Her poetry has appeared in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine and received honourable mention in Pandora’s Collective 2004 Summer Dreams contest. She juggles her time amongst writing, travelling, dragon boating, an exuberant and supportive circle of friends, and a family that now includes four generations.

Pamela Tarlow-Calder
Pamela has been writing poetry since she was 8 years old, and won a half a day off school and publication in a medical journal for her poem, “The Rash”, of which there is one surviving line: “Selson-ed© to her head, it had better soon be dead”. . .
Pamela is an art and museum educator, and has worked for various galleries including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Art Gallery and currently as Interpretive Programmer for the Surrey Art Gallery. She’s had a children’s activity book, Enchanting Puppetry, published by the Canadian Craft Museum, and has written over fifty Study Guides and other creative educational material for all ages, on topics as diverse as censorship to celebrations of light. She has been a columnist for a community newspaper, and has had articles published in B.C. Parent, Western Living, and art education trade journals. She lives in South Surrey with her very talented 7 year old son, three Siamese appleheads, and the aptly bred Shit-Poo, Sunny Dumbledore. She is a member of two writing groups—The Hand, and a group founded by the late great Bill Burns.