2020 National Capital Writing Contest

We are pleased to announce the winners of the

33rd Annual NCWC

Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association – National Capital Region

Short Story or Poetry

First place: $300 | Second place: $200 | Third place: $100

For our 2020 contest, we have published a 20/20 anthology, which will include the top 10 stories and the top 10 poems.

(Authors will retain all rights.)

Short Story

First Place: Theresa Ann Wallace, “Water, Fire, Air”
Second Place: P.R. Isfeld, “Chatter”
Third Place: Suzy Royle, “Fruit”
Honourable Mentions
Joan McKay, “Meerkat”
Mar Preston, “The 600-Mile Ending”
Anna Rumin, “Crossing Deception Pass”
H.A. Eilander, “Mock Me, Make Me”
P.R. Isfeld, “Little Things”
Pam Maddin-Baker, “Basta”
Barbara Wackerle Baker, “Through Shena’s Eyes”
Christine McNair is the author of Charm, and Conflict. Her work has appeared CV2, Descant, Prairie Fire, and other publications. In her past life, she worked as an editorial assistant at Gaspereau Press and was the co-publisher of Chaudiere Books. She currently works as a book doctor.


First Place: Joan McKay, “this invented world”
Second Place: Miller Adams, “Pantoum for the Honey Bee”
Third Place: Gerry Mooney, “Summer on the Riparian Corridor”
Honourable Mentions
Bev Chambers, “Dance Class”
Pat McLaughlin, “My Word”
Adrienne Stevenson, “Political Pantoum”
Susan J. Atkinson, “Something Beautiful”
Pauline Irving, “Acrostic on Aging”
Adrienne Stevenson, “Homophony, Homophoby”
Adrienne Stevenson, “Nelson NZ Harbour Views 2019”
Gill Foss is a life-time member of the Canadian Authors Association and is a former national president of the organization. Gill has many poems published in anthologies, she has two chapbooks, and her new book collection, Personal Perspectives was published in 2019.

Find the winners of the 32nd Annual National Capital Writing Contest here:

2019 National Capital Writing Contest

Order our 2017 Anthology of the winning NCWC poems and short stories. 

30th Anniversary Anthology

See our list of writing contests and calls for submission here:

Contests and Calls for Submission

Awards Night will be Tuesday, May 12, 2020. For our 2020 contest, we will publish a 20/20 anthology, which will include the top 10 stories and the top 10 poems (Authors will retain all rights.)

June Meeting

Tuesday, June 9 , 2020

7:00 p.m.

Aa-HA! A decade of one writer’s Aa-HA! moments, with Michael F. Stewart
Everything he’s learned from others and by writing over 25 novels, graphic novels, teleplays, and apps— all distilled into 60 minutes.

This meeting will take place via Zoom. To register, send a message to NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

20/20 Vision Anthology

book cover 20/20 Vision