The Books Matter Prize Announcement

At the 2015 Festival, visiting author Aislinn Hunter generously used her Festival honorarium to sponsor a poetry contest for the best poem on the subject of the planet, environment, earth or animals in peril.  The prize, a $500 gift certificate to Abraxas Books, with four runners-up receiving the opportunity to have feedback from Aislinn on their submissions was open to residents of Denman and Hornby Islands as well as the Comox Valley.

Aislinn was pleased to receive over 40 entries and says “deciding on one winner was not easy”.  She thanks everyone who entered the competition.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Books Matter Prize is Lorin Medley of Comox.  The four runners-up are Cornelia Hoogland (Hornby), Janet Beggs (Courtenay), Stephanie Slater (Denman) and Jacqueline Anne Colquhoun (Royston).

Winner Lorin Medley says, “When I received an email from Aislinn Hunter saying ‘the Bebop poem is fabulous’, and that I had won the Books Matter Prize, I was one happy poet.  I plan to submit it to some of my favourite literary magazines in the hopes of getting it published.  This would not have been possible without the incomparable Denman Readers & Writers Festival and Aislinn’s generous support of the local writing community.  Thank you!”

Because Lorin is submitting her winning poem elsewhere for publication, we are not able to publish her poem yet, however, all four runners-up have given us permission to print their poems.

November 2015