Below in no particular order are the 12 semi-finalists for 2012

Marissa Slaven photo Marissa Slaven
Dundas, Ontario

Marissa Slaven MD- I am a palliative medicine physician and mother of two teenage boys and a pre-teen girl. I grew up in Montreal and lived in Boston, Massachusetts for fourteen years before settling into charming Dundas, Ontario. In 2009 I started writing during a week of jet-lagged, sleepless days and nights in Paris. This has, so far, resulted in one self-published novel and many happy hours pursuing my new passion. I am thrilled to have been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2012 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award and grateful to all of my family and friends for their encouragement and support.

MArletta Ashley 2012 photo

Marlet Ashley
Comox, British Columbia

Marlet Ashley was born in Windsor, Ontario where she studied and taught English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, publishing short stories and poetry in a variety of literary publications. She was privileged to study under such authors as Alistair MacLeod and Eugene McNamara.Prior to this, she was an arts and crafts columnist with The Windsor Star. After teaching English at Kingsville District High School in Essex County, she moved to Vancouver in 1995 and continued to teach English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she became the Canadian Author of the textbook Literature and the Writing Process. Marlet Ashley and artist-illustrator Kate Brown have published two children’s stories—The Interlopers and Trumpeters’ Tribulations, the first in a series of five books collectively titled Revelry on the Estuarythat focuses on the sea and shore birds of the Comox Estuary. A Christmas book for children, Must be Christmas, will be released soon. Marlet Ashley lives in Comox, British Columbia with artist husband Pieter Molenaar.

Wayne Kelly photo 2012

Wayne Joseph Kelly
Vancouver Island

Wayne is a retired public school teacher living quietly with his wife in Courtenay on Vancouver Island. They have one child, a daughter, who has gifted them with two wonderful grandsons. Wayne earned a BA (English) from The University of Calgary (1969) and an M.Ed from University of Victoria (1997). When he is not teaching Math and Sciences as a substitute teacher in the local high schools, he dabbles in social/political commentary and in writing childhood vignettes. Mostly unpublished, he writes in the conviction that writing creates meaning by giving shape to the amorphous mass of thought and experience that forms our lives. Although city-raised in Calgary, those vast prairies to the east and the stories sprouting from them have enchanted him since childhood. The BC coast is flooded with prairie people, and it is a treat for him to reminisce with them about times past on the prairie farms. That hardy farm stock from which so many of us descend has very nearly passed from the scene, and Wayne feels the need to honour their passing – to honour and give voice to their character, their pragmatism, their courage, endurance, resilience, survival and even their foibles, often in the face of daunting circumstances, especially during the Depression years.

JOc Shipley photo 2012Jocelyn Shipley
Toronto, Ontario

Jocelyn Shipley was a semi-finalist for the 2011 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award and runner-up for 2010. Born and raised in London, Ontario, she graduated from York University and has attended the Humber School for Writers. She writes for both adults and children, and received the 2011 Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing for Young People Award. Her stories have appeared in anthologies, newspapers and magazines, and she is co-editor of Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls. Her new teen novel, How to Tend a Grave, was published in May. Jocelyn lives in Toronto and on Vancouver Island. Connect with her online: Website and blog: www.jocelynshipley.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/sageshipley Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JocelynSageShipley

Judith Millar 2012 photo

Judy Millar
- Nanaimo, BC

Judy Millar is a writer of humorous and serious short stories, essays and poems—and she loves to perform her work. She has won numerous awards for her writing, including the 2009 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award for her short story “The Insomniac.” She was also a finalist in the 2011 and 2009 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competitions. A number of her individual stories have been published in magazines, literary journals, periodicals and anthologies, and she is readying a collection of her short stories for publication. A former corporate communications manager in Waterloo, Ontario, Judy moved to Vancouver Island in 2007. She has since studied short fiction-writing and novel-writing at Vancouver Island University. Judy is in demand as a spoken word performer of her original material. For more information or to contact Judy, please visit her website at: www.judymillar.ca

Chuck Lovatt 2012 photoChuck Lovatt
Carroll, MB

2012 has been very kind to me, writing-wise, that’s kept me at a continuous state of excitement. Not least because, after years of having my work recognized across the country and beyond, I’ve finally become published in my home province of Manitoba. But the really high point, so far, is just having signed with Wild Wolf Publications, out of the UK, to publish my debut novel. Returning to the JKGLA is always a pleasure. Many of the names of my fellow semi-finalists are familiar – some are not. I look forward to competing with you all. One other thing: With a lot of help from a friend, I’ve finally joined the 21st century and acquired a blog. All are welcome to visit. http://chuck-storyriver.blogspot.ca/

Roy Innes photo 2012Roy Innes
Gabriola, B.C.

 Roy Innes writes mainly in the crime novel genre, his Inspector Coswell series published by NeWest Press, Edmonton, but he has always been an admirer of short story authors—Raymond Carver and Alice Munro at the top of his list. Perhaps it is a leftover of Roy’s practice of eye surgery that draws him to the neatness and perfection that is the well-written short story where none of the meandering and digressions seen in novels is allowed. When writing another novel becomes a slog, it is quickly sent to file and a short story begins to rattle on the keyboard—inspiration returned. He has been a finalist in a number of literary contests including the Galbraith award. Born in Regina and moving from one small southern Saskatchewan community to another with his itinerate farm worker father, Roy was blessed with a no-nonsense provincial school curriculum that accelerated his academic career when he moved to B.C. at the age of fourteen. After forty plus years in the medical field, he retired in 2001 and, dizzy with the freedom, began jamming as much into his life as humanly possible—writing, hunting, motorcycle touring, mountaineering, and joy of joys—reading fiction without feeling guilty.

Margaret Rae Reid 2012 photoMargaret Rae Reid
Stonewall, MB

 I was born December 22, 1942, four months after my Dad was shipped overseas. We didn’t meet until January, 1946. From this lovely man I inherited my love of books. From my mother, a talented seamstress, I inherited a passion to create. It was inevitable that I would write. I was one of a handful of non-Catholics at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Winnipeg. In my final year, I won the Madeleine Sophie Barat Literary Award, the first student to do so in the history of the school. As a working mother of three, I had little time for myself. My creative drive was channeled into sewing, knitting, cooking and renovating houses. My writing was limited to entertaining family and friends. I worked for Canada Post in offices in Port Alice and Whistler B.C. and Beausejour, East Selkirk and Stonewall, Mb. I retired as Postmaster in 1999 and settled in Stonewall. I remarried six years ago and I live with my husband, Ted Monkman, in a small cottage that we renovated.

Denise Noddin photo 2012Denise Noddin
Rodney, Ontario

I was born a storyteller. There was never a moment that I questioned that. My challenge has been to find my medium. A resident of Elgin County most of my life, I believe that big things happen in small communities, artists being the hidden jewels of the rural landscape. The visual artists, dancers, singers, musicians, textile artists and writers create their magic while living a simpler, quieter life. I’ve placed in several writing competitions for short stories, poetry and stage plays. I’m incredibly honoured to be among such accomplished writers in the top twelve of the JKGLA. My writing achievements are dwarfed only by my success in raising two wonderful children, Blair and Charlotte. My family means everything to me and I want to thank them for believing in me, even when I struggled to believe in myself. Win or lose there are stories to be told and, no doubt, I will be compelled to tell them.

Karla J. Ivany photo 2012Karla J. Ivany
St. Johns, Newfoundland

I grew up in Chatham, Ontario close to the Thames River where I find inspiration for many of my stories. I possess a diploma as a Child and Youth Worker and have worked in various agencies in and around Toronto working with emotionally disturbed children and their families. I met my husband while working in such an agency and we were married in 1991. We have lived in St. John’s, Newfoundland for seven years with our three children. I continue to write in my time off from my job as a Resource Facilitator at the College of the North Atlantic where I assist students with disabilities. I enjoy the challenge of creating new and exciting characters. I am currently working on my second novel; I have contributed many short stories to various contests and continue writing on my blog at www.kayjai.wordpress.com. This is my second time being shortlisted for this award.

Alyssa Foulkes 2012 photoAlyssa Foulkes
Guelph, Ontario

Alyssa Foulkes is a sport nutritionist, an artist, a writer, and a rock climbing instructor, who lives and works in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Through her participation in writers in residence programs, she has had the opportunity to learn from writers such as Jane Urquhart, Shyam Selvadurai, Nino Ricci, and Kenneth Oppel. Alyssa has been named a semi-finalist in the John Kenneth Galbraith Short Fiction Competition three times and is a recent second place winner of the Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards contest. Her Bubblegum Haiku is published in Fire and Light, An Anthology of Verse. In 2006, Alyssa won the postcard fiction contest at The Bookshelf, Guelph, ON. Alyssa is currently working on a fantastical series for middle grade readers and hunting for an agent for her humorous picture books for children.

Chuck Lovatt 2012 photoChuck Lovatt
Carroll, MB

2012 has been very kind to me, writing-wise, that’s kept me at a continuous state of excitement. Not least because, after years of having my work recognized across the country and beyond, I’ve finally become published in my home province of Manitoba. But the really high point, so far, is just having signed with Wild Wolf Publications, out of the UK, to publish my debut novel. Returning to the JKGLA is always a pleasure. Many of the names of my fellow semi-finalists are familiar – some are not. I look forward to competing with you all. One other thing: With a lot of help from a friend, I’ve finally joined the 21st century and acquired a blog. All are welcome to visit. http://chuck-storyriver.blogspot.ca/