2017 Story Starters Contest Winners


Chosen from a very high caliber of written pieces (268 in total submitted), we have 6 winners to announce for our 2017 Story Starters Contest, all chosen by our 2017 Festival of Authors attendees. Many thanks to Story Starters Judge, Canadian author, teacher, poet James Dewar for narrowing a long-list of 41 pieces down to a list of 15 finalists (3 per month from October to February). Congratulations and much success to our winners:

October – Luke Maynard “She hadn’t been back”

November – Beth L. “Caw, caw, caw!”

December – Beth L. “Imagine your inner being…”

January – Brenda Martin “As Dave and Lucie…”

February – tie between Carolyne Topjian “Head in hand” and Wanda Phillips “My pen screams out your names”

A special thank-you again to our awesome artists, Pamela Meacher, Gretel Boose, Cheryl Andrews, Rich Helms, and Barbara Hunt. Your talents are far-reaching.

We know that you join us (*virtually*) to congratulate these fine writers for their talents, bravery and stamina.

Watch for a different take of Story Starters coming in Summer 2017.

Happy Writing!

  • Gina, a police constable stationed in Moosonee, was working on a case involving a violent theft in a convenience store in Moose Factory. Gina’s prime suspect was the driver who made the last delivery there.
    The ice road was melting and unsafe, and it was too early to use a boat to get to Moose Factory to collect evidence. On her way to interrogate the driver, Gina had a call about a car in the Moose River. The car was registered to her suspect and there was no sign of him. Did he survive?

  • Dear Barb, and all those involved with the monthly Story Starters,

    It’s come to my attention that Story Starters is no more. That’s rather disheartening. For through your varied and curious images, several acquaintances have been variously inspired, in particular my mom, Wendy. It was a kick to stoke the coal-fired computer and together the monthly visual (whose Canadian creators are duly noted.) Before she’d finished looking it over, often I’d already rattled off a Haiku. So it goes.

    The contest has been appreciated and I’m sorry it’s no longer available. Meanwhile, all the best, and thank you.

    Sincerely, Steve Janeck.

    • Hello, Steve! Thank you for your kind note and noticing the Canadian content. Story Starters is just on a hiatus and should resume in the Fall, as we have in the past. We tend to have a break for a few months (usually over the spring/summer).

      Thanks again to you and your mother for writing (and entering!).

      Cynthia Englert.

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