2019 National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC)

We have our finalists!

32nd Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC)

Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association–National Capital Region

Short Story • Poetry

$300 First Place • $200 Second Place • $100 Third Place

We hope that finalists and their friends and families will attend the Awards Night,
Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 7:oo p.m. in the
Finalists will be invited to read an excerpt from their work.

Finalists’ names are in alphabetical order. The placements in each category—1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honourable Mentions—will be announced on awards night.

Poetry Finalists

  • Sylvia Adams, Ottawa, “The Girl Who Grew Up on Faerie Tales”
  • Sylvia Adams, Ottawa, “What Might Have Been a Love Poem”
  • Susan J Atkinson, Ottawa, “Jealousy”
  • Marianne Jones, Thunder Bay ON, “Grief Sonata in Three Parts”
  • Royden McCoag, Palmerston ON, “Whale Watching”
  • Thomas Gordon Reynolds, Amherstburg ON, “We, Like the Fish”


JC Sulzenko: Award-winning poet, published children’s author, workshop presenter and poetry judge.

Short Story Finalists

  • Robynne Eagan, Carp ON, “Blue Moon Rising”
  • Bruce Hodgkinson, Ottawa ON, “A little Compassion”
  • Lynn Jatania, Ottawa ON, “Miss Julie’s Home for Wayward Girls”
  • Sara Mang, Cornwall ON, “Away with Birds”
  • Joan McKay, Kingston ON, “The Long Dash”
  • Alison Whiddon, Nepean ON, “Neighbourhood Watch”


Jean E Pendziwol: Along with many other accomplishments, Jean E Pendziwol is the author of the bestselling The Lightkeeper’s Daughters and has received the Governor General’s Award for the children’s book, Once Upon a Northern Night.


2018 NCWC Results

Short Story

First Place: Ingrid Betz, for Leaving is Just a Suitcase Away
Second Place: Adrienne Stevenson for Rules of the Road 
Third Place: Sonia Tilson for Wild Strawberry Jam

Honourable mentions: 

Anne-Marie Beattie for The Reservoir Man
Adam Heenan for The Tent Man 
Anna Rumin for Gently into the Night
Jeff Shiau for Coffee or Tea


First Place: Joan McKay for “A Memory of Light”
Second Place: Marianne Jones for “Child of the 50’s”
Third Place: Gill Foss for “Beyond HRV”

Honourable mentions:

Gill Foss for “A Change of Pace”
Gill Foss for “Ode to Invisible Sounds”
Ian Prattis for “The Seasons”

2017 NCWC Results


First Place:  “Gunda” by Ruth Latta

Second Place: “Anne from Toronto” by Ruth Latta

Third Place: “Sunset (for Gwen)” by Gill Foss

Honourable Mentions:

“Too Long a Winter” by Lee Ann Smith
“Relay” by Lee Ann Smith
“A Small Grief” by Bev Chambers


First Place: “The Flower Seller of Agra” Shiela Jane

Second Place: “California Pure” Elle Wild

Third Place: “Extra Innings” Jeff Shiau

Honourable Mentions:

“Unexpected” by Barbara Wackerle Baker
“Night Swim” by Di Golding
“Distant Connections” by Julio Heleno Gomes


May meeting: NCWC awards

The finalists in the National Capital Writing Contest have been announced, and on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. we celebrate their shorts stories and poety.