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NOPC 12-Standing Strong

Standing Strong is the collection of winning poetry from the twelfth Northern Ontario Poetry Competition co-sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association - Temiskaming Branch and White Mountain Publications, New Liskeard.

In keeping with the Canadian Authors Association motto of "Writers Helping Writers", this annual competition encourages and assists the development of new and existing poetic talents in the Northern Ontario region as defined by Canada Post's postal code beginning with the letter P.

Winners were announced at the Launch Sept 8th, in the Lounge Room at the Inn On The Bay, 340 Main Street West, North Bay 2:00pm to 4:00pm Our special thanks go to our guest speaker Anita Purcell, National Vice President of the Canadian Authors Association.

Go here for Table of Contents Including Winners.

Annual Rules and Guidelines

The deadline for entries each year is May 31st.

ISBN: 1-894747-32-1 | WMPub# 1091 | 5" x 8" | 64 page chapbook | $6.95 CDN


Table of Contents

Prize Winning Selections

First Prize Winner

Richard Smith of North Bay: Aria

Second Prize Winner

Nathan Shami of Sault Ste. Marie: Twilight and Flowers

Third Prize Winner

Melanie Baschiera Duguay of Hearst: She Sows No Sorrows

Honourable Mentions

Richard Smith of North Bay: War of the Words

Penny Ashdown of Kenora: Auntie Maud's Boob

O.Fay Becks of Mindemoya: Browsing Through My Grandfather's Books

Stacy Turcotte of Temagami: Poetry

Joyce Clift of New Liskeard: Abusive Love

Judge's Selections

Brian Beaudry of Haileybury for the poems: Shivers, and I Fear You

O. Fay Becks of Mindemoya for the poems: Paradise Found and Lost, Ode to An Odious Cat, Hot Flashes, Gazing Toward Eternity, Sweet Summer, and Northern Fall Fashions

Lois Bilusack of North Bay for the poem The Blessing of Peace

Rhonda J Chapman of Powassan for the poem My Feathered Fern

Alex Chornyj of Sault Ste. Marie for the poem Distant Ring

Samantha Cole of Hearst for the poems: Innocence, Gifted, and Numbness Ring

Melanie Baschiera Duguay of Hearst for the poems: Up North, Dear Jack, Nona, and Is Gone Be Ayrett, Brotha

Linda Duke of Elliot Lake for the poem Discards

Jerry Jordison of New Liskeard for the poems Awaken, Quantum, and A Sandwich of Words

Debbie LaPlante of North Bay for the poem Little Girl Blue

Julia Neal of North Bay for the poem My Pony

Jane Sargent Nodwell of North Bay for the poem Starting to Thaw

Guy K M Smith of Sault Ste. Marie for the poem Harmony

Richard Smith of North Bay for the poems Traveling The White Wind, Walk This Mile, and War of the Words

Ray Stortini of St. Joseph Island for the poem For Freddie

Stacy Turcotte of Temagami for the poem: Water Diamonds

Thanks to all who attended the Launch Sept 8th, in the Lounge Room at the Inn On The Bay, 340 Main Street West, Nort Bay 2:00pm to 3:30pm