Five poets vie for $6,000 prize

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Canada Writes and its partners have announced the shortlist of five finalists in the 2011-2012 English-language poetry prize – and an Ontario poet has cracked the line-up.

Sadiqa de Meijer of Kingston has earned a spot among this year’s finalists for her work, Great Aunt Unmarried. She joins Stephanie Bolster of Montreal (Long Exposure), Emily McGiffin of Smithers, B.C. (Stikine Country), Catherine Greenwood of Victoria, B.C. (The Texada Queen) and Marion Quednau of Mission, B.C. (Yesterday, I Looked Inside) vying for $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Grand Prize also includes a two-week writing residency at The Banff Centre and publication in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. Other finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, and will be published on the Canada Writes website, starting this week. 

The winner selected by the CBC Poetry jury — writers Julie Bruck, Patrick Lane and Dennis Lee — will be announced on Tuesday, September 25.

Canada Writes has also launched its competition for the CBC Short Story Prize, with a submission deadline of November 1.

Open to all Canadians, the prize is awarded annually to the best original, unpublished, short story submitted, as judged by a jury of well-known and respected Canadian authors. Submissions must be between 1,200 and 1,500 words. There is a $25 entry fee.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his or her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. The winner will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio.

The four runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.

Further information is available at the Canada Writes website.

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