Below in no particular order are the 12 semi-finalists for 2014

P. Avice CarrPaula Avice Carr
St. Thomas, ON

P. Avice Carr calls herself a tumbleweed. She uses the tumbleweed to explain moving and writing stories, gathered along the way. She stayed in Ontario long enough to graduate from Western University. One of her stories was recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul – Reboot Your Life. She finished her first novel and is currently looking for an agent. Learn more at www.pavicecarr.wix.com/tumbleweed.

Colin BrezickiColin Brezicki
Niagara-On-the-Lake, ON

Colin Brezicki began writing in earnest in 2010, completing three novels, a collection of twelve short stories, and numerous articles on literature, teaching and technology that were published in the US and Canada. Some of his short stories have also been published, two winning international fiction competitions in 2014 (Literal Latté Fiction Award, New York, and the Bosque Magazine Award, New Mexico). His first novel, Heart Murmurs, was a finalist in the Yeovil (UK) Fiction Contest, also in 2014. His memoir, “Steve”, is included in a collection of stories by writers about their fathers. Lonely Boy: Stories about Fathers and Sons, edited by journalist and broadcaster, Carla Lucchetta, is to be published in June, 2015 by Cormorant Books. As a writer, he likes to complete his stories so he can find out what happens, and then revise the narrative until the writer disappears. He prefers to read authors whose fiction asks questions without answering them, leaving the reader in a state of comfortable uncertainty, which is likely as near to understanding life as most of us will get. Colin taught English and theatre in England and Canada. He attended Western University, and then Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. He lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, visits Scotland as often as he can with his mother, cycles and watches hockey to keep fit, and will die a Montreal Canadiens’ fan despite growing up in Toronto and attending St. Michael’s College School when it was a Leaf farm club. His daughter, Catherine, works in Toronto and edits his drafts with a keen eye and an active Delete key. website - www.brezicki.com

Ken McBeathKen McBeath
Perth, ON

Born in India, brought up in Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland. Electronics technician, worked on missile radar, fighter nav/attack systems - high tech. stuff. Bored witless, so served three years as a paratrooper in the Territorial Army to preserve some sanity. Left electronics with no regrets and went oil drilling in the Middle East. Then university. Gold geologist in the deep gold mines in South Africa, the bush of Rhodesia, and the rain forest of Suriname. Married 49 years so far, two sons, two magic daughters-in-law, two grandsons. A few stories have placed in contests including Honourable Mention in the 2010 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award, and some have been published. Retired at Otty Lake, Perth, Ontario.

Flower - AgnewJanice Agnew
London, ON

I'm honoured to have received three nominations for this award. I write short stories and have completed a non-fiction manuscript. At the moment, I'm enjoying the process of putting together a screenplay. To date, I'm unpublished but am looking forward to the day that will change.

Heather RathHeather Rath
Burlington, ON

Since winning a writing contest at 11 years old, Heather Rath knew writing would be a major part of her life. When she grew up, she was sequentially a reporter, editor of a weekly newspaper and a monthly business magazine before becoming head of communications for a multi-national company. During this time she edited, and contributed to, two anthologies of south western Ontario writers. Her writing has been published widely in various publications and some children’s stories have been translated into Braille. She is a three-time bridesmaid in the esteemed John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award contest, a world traveller, and addicted to her family and writing. Her novel, starring a runaway woman, is looking for a good home. She is a proud member of both CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers) and Canadian Authors Association. You are welcome to peruse her website at www.heatherrath.net.

Joel Herscovitch Joel Herscovitch
London, ON

Joel Herscovitch was born and raised in Montreal. He attended McGill University and the Université de Montréal. In 1980, he received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa. He has been writing “on the side” most of his life, but it is only in the last 10-15 years that he has made a serious effort. He started with publishing magazine articles, principally humour, opinion, and travel. He “graduated” to short fiction and garnered three “honourable mentions” in the Writers’ Digest Literary Competition. He wrote a suspenseful action novella for his pre-teen sons. In 1997, he was accepted into Humber College’s Creative Writing Program. Under the mentorship of Joe Kertes, he produced a novel published by Xlibris. In 2008, he was honoured to receive the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award for a work of short fiction entitled L-Mail. He lives, writes, and works in London, Ontario.

Roy InnesRoy Innes
Gabriola, B.C.

Roy Innes is a west coast author who writes short stories to fill in those times when the novel he is working on has run into a road block. Since these blocks are frequent, his short story production is considerable. This, however, allows him to pick one or two from the many each year to enter the Galbraith Literary Award contest. He has been a bridesmaid in the contest numerous times but never the bride. His novels have met with more success—the RCMP Inspector Coswell series published by NeWest Press, Edmonton, is up to number four now. The ink is still dry on the contract for the latest, tentatively titled The Extra Cadaver Murder. He is a member of the Crime Writers of Canada, the B.C. Federation of Writers, and the Writers Union of Canada. He lives on a small gulf island in the Salish Sea. website – royinnes.com

Kathy StinsonKathy Stinson Rockwood Ontario

The clue that Kathy Stinson has enjoyed a lifelong love of reading is in the wide range of books she has written. Picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, stories in anthologies and magazines! The author of the classic Red Is Best has written them all! “What you read,” she says, “influences what you write. And so does the day to day life that you live.” That’s why Kathy’s characters ride bikes along dirt paths, fall in love in summer, argue and have cozy chats with parents and friends, sometimes have trouble sleeping, and walk on beaches and city streets. Kathy says, “It’s also fun, as a writer, to imagine yourself into situations unlike your own.” That’s what she did when she wrote about Marie-Claire living through a smallpox epidemic in Montreal in 1885, and Mr. Elliot deciding as a grandfather that it was time he learned to read. (Kathy herself grew up in a west-end suburb of Toronto in the 1950s and 60s and was lucky enough to learn to read before she started school.) In addition to writing her own books, Kathy works as a freelance editor for a number of publishers. Editing projects have included fiction for children, young adult and adult audiences, picture books, and non-fiction. She has served as Writer-in-Residence for several library systems and has led writing workshops all across Canada and in Africa. And she is a regular volunteer reader and technician at the CNIB Recording Studio in Toronto. Kathy currently lives in Rockwood, Ontario with her partner, Peter Carver, and their dog Keisha.

Jessica WongJessica Wong
Toronto ON

 Jessica Wong was born in Nova Scotia but grew up in an inner city neighbourhood in Toronto. Throughout her youth she worked tirelessly to contribute to the family while balancing time for her studies. After earning a Master’s degree in International Development, Jessica worked for years in the newly independent country of East Timor just after it emerged from a brutal 24-year occupation. She later ran her own business importing solid wood furniture and operating a retail store in downtown Toronto before joining the federal government where she currently works as a Senior Policy Manager. In her free time she enjoys traveling around the world and writing. Her stories are inspired by the diverse experiences she’s enjoyed and the observations she’s made along the way. Jessica is completing her Certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto and is working on her first novel.

Karen HardingKaren Harding
Oakville, ON

Originally from Nova Scotia, Karen moved to Oakville, ON ten years ago. She is the mother of two teenage daughters and has always enjoyed reading. It has only been the last couple of years that she has allowed herself the time to write and is relatively new to the world of story writing. Karen has had a number of short stories published including an item in Canadian Stories magazine and has been a previous semi-finalist for the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award . She is currently working on a novel and a children’s book.

Roy InnesRoy Innes
Gabriola, B.C.

Roy Innes is a west coast author who writes short stories to fill in those times when the novel he is working on has run into a road block. Since these blocks are frequent, his short story production is considerable. This, however, allows him to pick one or two from the many each year to enter the Galbraith Literary Award contest. He has been a bridesmaid in the contest numerous times but never the bride. His novels have met with more success—the RCMP Inspector Coswell series published by NeWest Press, Edmonton, is up to number four now. The ink is still dry on the contract for the latest, tentatively titled The Extra Cadaver Murder. He is a member of the Crime Writers of Canada, the B.C. Federation of Writers, and the Writers Union of Canada. He lives on a small gulf island in the Salish Sea. website – royinnes.com

Alyssa FoulkesAlyssa Foulkes
Guelph. ON

 Alyssa Foulkes was once asked by her teacher, “What colour is the sky in your world?” She has since received two degrees from the University of Guelph (neither of which provided the answer to said question,) squinted at sunsets, and petted every cat that crossed her path, black or otherwise. Her fantastical novel for middle-grade readers is plump with planets, each with its own sky colour. If her book were a scratch-and-sniff sticker, it would smell like bubblegum. Alyssa also writes picture books that make her laugh out loud and lots and lots of query letters since that’s what writers do. Her sky is striped with happy because she’s been a semi-finalist in the John Kenneth Galbraith Short Fiction competition four times and was recently the winner. Her writing, creative and scientific, can be found in Off The Shelf; The Changing Image; Fire and Light, An Anthology of Verse; The AWI Quarterly; and Nutritionist’s Corner at www.backpacknutrition.ca.