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British Columbia author wins Canadian Authors Vancouver 2015 Short Story Contest

For Release Friday, October 2, 2015

VANCOUVER – Winners of the Canadian Authors – Vancouver 2015 Short Story Contest were announced this week by Jean Kay, the Branch Treasurer, and Contest Coordinator.

First place went to Edythe Anstey Hanen, a Canadian Authors member from the Vancouver Branch for her story, ‘Lonesome.’ Barb Howard from Calgary placed second, and Erin MacNair from North Vancouver placed third.

Winners:

1st Place – Edythe Anstey Hanen – CAA member from the Vancouver Branch for her story, ‘Lonesome.’

2nd Place – Barb Howard – CAA member from the Alberta Branch for her story, ‘MVP.’

3rd Place – Erin MacNair – CAA member from the Vancouver Branch for her story, ‘Left Standing.’

The judges commented that all the winners’ works are so powerful that it steals your breath away. Each story resonates with an intense focus on life’s tenuousness, life’s wonders and human understanding.

Prizes:

Cash prizes for winners are First $300, Second $200, and Third $100. Winner’s works will be published in the National Voices 2016 Anthology, which includes the 2015 and 2016 contest winners, along with submissions from members of Canadian Authors Vancouver. Winners receive a complimentary copy of National Voices 2016 Anthology, and they’ll read their stories at the Canadian Authors Vancouver Annual General Meeting and Social in December 2015. The winning stories will be posted for one year on the Vancouver Branch website after they are presented in December.

Meetings:

Canadian Authors – Vancouver holds meetings on a variety of topics, all to do with aspects of writing. The public is welcome to attend. They meet monthly on the second Wednesday, September through June, with socials for members and their guests at other locations in August and December. There are no meetings during July. Meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Alliance for Arts and Culture, 100 – 938 Howe Street, Vancouver.  Members attend at no charge; guests are $10, students with ID pay $5.

Canadian Authors Vancouver belongs to a national organization dedicated to promoting a flourishing community of writers that encourage works of literary and artistic merit. We offer aspiring, emerging, and professional writers opportunities and resources to hone their writing and business skills, network with others, and thrive in a community of like-minded professionals.

For more information, visit www.canadianauthors.org/vancouver.

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Media Contact: For more details or to arrange an interview with the contest winners, contact Margo Bates, President | Publicity & Programs Committee Chair
Phone or email at 604-788-9501 | VANpublicity@canadianauthors.org

 

Short Story Contest Queries: For further information about the annual Short Story Contest, please email VANJeanKay@canadianauthors.org and mark SHORT STORY CONTEST in the subject line

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Only 2 days left to enter your short story http://canadianauthors.org/vancouver/programs/contests/ Deadline is midnight June 30th. $600 in prizes & winning stories will be published in National Voices 2016 anthology. Open to all Canadian residents.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your writing career.

Further info VANJeanKay@canadianauthors.org

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MORE THAN A HEART – poem by Jean Kay

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Day 29 NaPoWriMo “Try writing poems that contain at least five words in other languages.” I chose Italian, although I don’t know it at all.  I started with a painting my son Dave created, his art can be seen at  www.amazedcreations.com

 

  “I love you more than a heart.”

my granddaughter said to my son.

It touched him so much he painted it.

My poetic tribute is now also done.

 more than a heart

 MORE THAN A HEART

 

Ti amo più di un cuore, in Italian

means “I love you more than a heart”.

That phrase coined by my granddaughter,

is a memory that will never depart.

 

Ti voglio molto bene, Maya,

I love you very much.

You are very creative

and have a gifted artistic touch.

 

You are mio prezioso ragazza,

which translates to my precious girl.

I’m grateful to live close enough

that I see your new skills unfurl.

 

Buon decimo compleanno.

Happy tenth birthday to you.

Remember to always be happy

in all you choose to do.

 

I’m blessed to be your Granny,

Sono felice di essere tua nonna.

 

Jean Kay

April 29, 2013

 

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WHAT YOU THINK – poem by Jean Kay

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Day 27 of NaPoWriMo “I challenge you to think of a common proverb or phrase — something like “All that glitters is not gold,” then plug the first three words of the phrase into a search engine. Skim through the first few pages of results, collecting (rather like a poetic magpie) words and phrases that interest you. Then use those words and phrases as the inspirations (and some of the source material) for a new poem. Happy writing!” Here is mine.

 WHAT YOU THINK

 “What you think of me is none of my business”

is Terry Cole-Whittaker’s book title,

one I have often shared with those

who believed what you (others) think is vital.

 

Forget what you think you know about them,

it’s what you think about you that matters.

You are what you think so mind what you think

don’t let what you think be mindless chatters.

 

“Happiness is when what you think,

what you say, and what you do

are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi said.

Let what you think create happiness in you.

 

I write to find out what I’m thinking about.

Do you write to find out what you think?

What you think may differ from my beliefs,

so I’m interested in what you think.

 

Sometimes I think a word that you use

doesn’t mean what you think you say.

Mind what you think is accurate

in all uttered words you portray.

 

I wonder what you think about me now, but

“What you think of me is none of my business”.

 

Jean Kay

April 27, 2013

 

That was fun.

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CURSIVE WRITING – poem by Jean Kay

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Day 26 of NaPoWriMo  I chose not to follow the prompt. Here is my poem

CURSIVE WRITING

 I read that cursive writing

may no longer be taught in schools

as it is becoming obsolete.

Let’s be careful with these new rules.

 

I, myself, print all the time

and have done for many years.

I’m not sure why I started

but that’s how each poem appears.

 

Most letters I have to, or want to, write

are printed from my computer

and I very rarely use a script font.

I could never be a handwriting tutor.

 

Books are written and read in print,

printed forms want print when filled out.

It’s only signatures that are cursive

so that will be taught, no doubt.

 

It’s sad to think that handwriting

may become an art of the past

or offered as an alternative course.

I hope handwriting will last.

 

So much electronics nowadays,

children only need to push keys,

but there’s something refined in handwriting,

a unique, expressive way to please.

 

Keep writing!

 Jean Kay

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