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Monday, October 30, 2006

Finally, The Finalists! (Our Top 8 Canadian Travel Story Contest Entries)

I am pleased to announce the names of the writers who made the shortlist in our first contest at the Canadian Writers Collective.

We asked for travel stories that involved Canada. You could be leaving Canada, coming to Canada or going from one part to another. The real Canada or a Canada of the imagination. The travel could occur, be imagined, wished for or dreaded. We weren't picky. We wanted to see what we got.

Turns out we were picky! From the dozens of stories we received, only eight had more than half of our judges salivating. Surly crew! That was my criteria to make the finals- more than half had to be certain. A maybe, I only counted as half-a-judge. It was awful- the sawing of judges I had to do! But us Canadians are lumberjacks at heart. And I sewed them back together for the finals.

Without further ado, here they are, the Canadian Travel Stories Contest finalists:

Vanessa Gebbie for Reading the "Shipping News"
Martin Heavisides for e-mail
Leonard Joy for Riding a Greyhound Bus into the New World
Kuzhali Manickavel for Hoodoos
Janisse Ray for Pangea Split
Kim Teeple for Lake Canada
Linda Wood Edwards for 1996 Grey Cup – The Best in (My) History
Heather Zorzini for Moon Over Dildo

P.S. Thank you to everyone who entered. It was a pleasure reading your stories.

On behalf of the judges (who read blind and are only now finding out the finalists names, after their last chance to vote has passed!)- best wishes,
Andrew Tibbetts
P.P.S.
Stay tuned for my tabulation of the final votes! And to see the top three stories posted on our blog throughout December!

13 Comments:

Blogger kim said...

Wow! Thank you!
I can see I'm in terrific company! I can't wait to read the stories.

Mon Oct 30, 09:15:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger J.A. McDougall said...

Congratulations to all! I would love to know where everyone is from...

Mon Oct 30, 10:54:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger MelBell said...

Awesome! Congratulations, everyone!

Mon Oct 30, 12:11:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, that looks like Top 6, Andrew, but what a great group. Congratulations all!

Kath Fish

Mon Oct 30, 12:41:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Myfanwy Collins said...

Congratulations to all! I'm looking forward to reading these. Thanks for running this contest.

Mon Oct 30, 01:52:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Andrew Tibbetts said...

Forgive the earlier version of this post in which I inadvertently cut off the last two finalists when I cut and pasted.

Mon Oct 30, 05:43:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Tricia Dower said...

Congratulations to all our finalists. Your stories are wonderfully varied and very well done. Thank you so much for entering.

Mon Oct 30, 06:00:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Antonios Maltezos said...

Just fantastic! All of these pieces are exceptional. Thank you!

Mon Oct 30, 06:21:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous Steve Hansen said...

Damn you and Canada to hell!

Steve Hansen, the Ugly American sore loser

Tue Oct 31, 12:31:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Vanessa G said...

Just got my nice email... I'm honoured, and yep, cant wait to read all the stories!

(That is honoUred wuth a 'U' as I am from a village in England, with no fir trees, no wide open spaces no mountains, and no air that has to be in italics... but I dont know how to do that on blogger.)

I DO, however, in my village, have the following:

One pack of hunting hounds and master.

Three pubs.

A Dutch greengrocer who sells the best flowrs in the world.

And our village mascot is a tortoise. (Now long dead. but he appears on the village signposts.)

Good luck to everyone...this has been such fun.

Vanessa

PS
Tis also great fun to find out that this person called Andrew Tibbetts from Canada who sends nice emails has great stories in Smokelong, and Defenestration among others..... writing makes the world shrink so.

v

Wed Nov 01, 02:47:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Tricia Dower said...

Great to hear from you, Vanessa. We spell honoured with a "u" in Canada, too.

Wed Nov 01, 11:06:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Steve Gajadhar said...

Congrats to the finalists

Wed Nov 01, 02:16:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger tamara said...

Will you look at that list! What great names. What great work. Thanks so much for submitting. And congrats to all.

Wed Nov 01, 03:03:00 pm GMT-5  

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