34th Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC)

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Authors Association (CAA)

The National Capital Region Branch of the Canadian Authors Association honoured the winners of the 34th Annual NCWC on Friday, March 12 during an online gathering.

March 12 was the 100th anniversary of the first time the founding members of the Canadian Authors Association met in 1921.

We are pleased to celebrate the talents of these writers. Their work is published in the contest anthology:


First Place: “The Curved Twigs” by John Morris, Ottawa ON
Second Place: “recital” by Bob MacKenzie, Kingston ON
Third Place: “A New Skin” by John Morris, Ottawa ON

“Fear” by David M Black, Wendover ON
“Our Childhood Smelled of Lilacs” by LG Pomerleau, Nanton AB
“Ground Down—Down Underground” by Kathy O’Grady Bose, Ottawa ON
“Seeking Grace” by LG Pomorleau, Nanton AB
“On Writing” by Adam Jarvis, Ottawa ON

First Place: “Babble” by Archie Nicholson, Stratford ON
Second Place: “Still Life” by Anna Rumin, Ottawa ON
Third Place: “Will Destroy for Food” by Adam Jarvis, Ottawa ON

“Hungerbitten” by Laura Wang Arseneau, Fort Erie ON
“Bodies in Trouble” by Diane Carley, St. John’s NL
“Whose Turf Is It Anyway?” by Iris Winston, Almonte ON

“Mine” by Jason Boudreau, Ottawa ON
“Flickering Lights” by Alicia Maini, Toronto ON
“Transformation” by Donna McDougall, Perth ON
“The Gentleman Hermit” by Russell Wardell, Carleton Place ON

Congratulations to everyone.


Asa Boxer’s debut book, The Mechanical Bird (2007), won the Canadian Authors Association Prize for Poetry, and his cycle of poems entitled “The Workshop” won first prize in the 2004 CBC Literary Awards. His poems and essays have since been anthologized in various collections and have appeared in various magazines internationally. Boxer is also a founder of the Montreal International Poetry Prize.


Kaarina Stiff is a freelance writer and editor who has been consuming, creating, and polishing stories since she learned how to read. She has published stories in Room and Cargo Literary Magazine, and she twice won the Toronto Novel Marathon in the young adult fiction category. Kaarina has served on the national executive of the Canadian Authors Association, as the branch chair of Editors Ottawa-Gatineau, and as president of the Ottawa chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada. In 2018, she received a President’s Award for Volunteer Service from Editors Canada. She lives in Ottawa.

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Past NCWC Results

Find the results of past National Capital Writing Contests here: Past NCWC Results

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

Contests and Calls for Submission

May Gathering

Pitch Perfect: How to Write a Successful Query, with Barbara Kyle

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

via Zoom

Free to members of Canadian Authors Association

$10 for non-members

In this one-hour session Barbara Kyle will cover the following:

  • Overview: why a well-crafted query is crucial
  • Nuts and Bolts: How to structure a pitch perfect query
  • Tips: important Do’s and Don’ts
  • Query Examples: the good, the bad, and the ugly
  • The In-Person Pitch: tips for pitching agents and/or editors face-to-face at writers conferences
  • Q&A session

Contact: NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org



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