- Kelowna, BC
Gord stays in Kelowna, BC. He’s a Thompson Indian, and member of the Lytton First Nation. He’d been reluctant to write most of his adult life. Even though he’s shown some potential in college, and completed the 3-Day Novel writing contest twice in the early 1980s, he wrote nothing for close to 20 years. The 2003 Okanagan Firestorm triggered something and he began writing again. Of the first four stories he wrote, three were published: his personal experience story was included in Touch the Flame, a collection of stories by people affected by the fire; one was a finalist in the 2003 Okanagan Short Story Contest; one took third prize in the 2005 Okanagan Short Story Contest; one was the winner of the 2007 Prism International Short Fiction Contest, and was nominated for the Journey Prize and a Western Magazine Award; one took second prize in the 2008 Okanagan Short Story Contest and was published in Our Stories. After completing NaNoWriMo in 2008, Gord stopped writing again, this time because he had a grueling work schedule. Also in 2007, Gord’s short video “Reservation Blues” won a MacBook Pro from the APTN Show Us Your Beat contest. Gord’s partner had been encouraging him to write full-time for close to a decade. In May 2013 he chose to give full-time writing a shot. Since committing to writing full-time, he’s been productive, producing 15 new short stories and completing a 3-Day Novel this past Labour Day weekend.
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- Toronto ON
Greg is a screenwriter working in film and
television. In 2008, he wrote the pilot for the
Cineflix series Cold Blood which was broadcast on
Channel Five in Britain and Global Television in
Canada. Greg also wrote two episodes for Season
IV of CTV’s Forensic Factor. Greg wrote eleven
episodes over two seasons of the hit Frantic Films
series, Masterminds. This groundbreaking
true-crime show airs regularly on History
Television and has been sold into syndication in
the United States. Greg’s Masterminds Season II
episode, Stealing History, won a 2005 Telly award.
Currently, Greg is on the writing staff for the
National Geographic series, Mayday, which is
broadcast around the world and can be seen in
Canada on the Discovery Channel. Greg has a
Bachelor of Arts in History from McGill
University and maintains a lifelong fascination
with the past. He lives in Toronto with his
wife, Tania, and two young sons, all of whom
Winning Story found here
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
Jean Rae Baxter - Hamilton, Ontario
It is always an honour for a writer to receive a literary award, and it is especially an honour to
receive an award commemorating a man as eminent as John Kenneth Galbraith.
This is the third consecutive year I have attended the Awards ceremony. After having a story
shortlisted in 2008 and 2009, I was beginning to get the feeling of being always a bridesmaid,
but never the bride. The thought that I might actually win the award remained more a tantalizing
hope than an expectation.
But here I am, somewhat to my astonishment, assuring you that yes, with great pleasure I accept
the award and the honour that goes with it.
I have a great admiration for the Scots—Scotch, if you prefer. I admire their industry, their
common sense, their frugality, and their whiskey.
My father-in-law was born in Glasgow, and that is where the Baxter name comes from. The Baxters
are a sept of the Macmillans, and my late husband wore the tartan with pride. And so I feel that
I can take my place amongst you with some claim to being a member of the family.
On this proud occasion I would like, finally, to express my thanks to the Galbraith family, to
the Friends of Dutton-Dunwich, to the ever helpful Jenny Phillips, and to all those unknown to me
who have made the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award possible.
Jean also received a cheque for $2,000 dollars and a signed copy of Innocent Fraud by John Kenneth Galbraith
- Nanaimo, BC
Judith Millar is a writer of short stories, essays, poems and
song lyrics. She is widely published, has won numerous awards for
her creative writing, and is a frequent presenter at spoken-word
events on Vancouver Island. She is currently working on a novel and
a collection of short stories. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier
University, Judith is a member of the BC Federation of Writers and
SOCAN. A former corporate communications manager, she moved to
Nanaimo, BC from Kitchener, Ontario in 2007.
Winning Story: "The Insomniac"
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reproduced without the authors written permission.
The medallion was presented by Alan Galbraith to Joel
Herscovitch. Joel also received a cheque for
$1,500.00 from Friends of Dutton Dunwich and from
Doug and Jane Gibson the new book by Alice Munroe
entitled "The Best of Alice Munroe."
Charles M. Anderson
"Charles received the 1st John Kenneth Galbraith Award engraved pewter
medallion, the Alice Munro book and a cheque for $1000 from Friends of Dutton Dunwich