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Creative Writing Contest
2012 Hazel Hilles Memorial Short Fiction Prize
THE 2012 CONTEST HAS NOW CLOSED. We will be posting the winning stories here over the next few days.
2012 Contest Winners
$500 1st Prize Winner: Lee Kvern for "In Search of Lucinda"
$100 2nd Prize Winner: Evan Guilford-Blake for "Some Kind of Love"
Third prize was a tie we could not break, even with much discussion, so we have chosen two winners:
$100 3rd Prize Winner: Carolyn Pledge Amaral for "The Root of the Matter"
$100 3rd Prize Winner: Joan Sonnenburg for "My Brother's Keeper"
Please check back in the new year for the 2013 contest.
My partner, Robert Hilles, and I began dating in February 1997. Since then, nearly every Sunday for fifteen years, he called his mother and spoke to her on the telephone. I can count on one hand the number of times he missed making that call.
In the early years of our relationship, Hazel Hilles was in her sixties. She had already lost Robert's father, and she lived in an independent living complex in Winnipeg, Canada. On our visits, her eyes sparkled and the smile seldom left her face. She saved chairs for us at her table in the residents' dining hall and pulled employees and other residents forward to meet Robert. My son, she'd say. He writes books.
Never was a mother more loving or supportive. She instilled in Robert a passion for poetry, and a desire to write. Without her influence, he says, he may never have become an author.
On January 20th, 2012, Hazel Hilles passed away to the great sadness of her surviving children and their families.
Robert and I have sponsored this short story contest in her memory. We look forwrd to reading your submissions.
Rules and Prize Details
Deadline: All entries must be received on or before September 18th, 2012
Length: No minimum. Maximum 5000 words
Entry Fee: CAN $6
First select your payment option from the drop down menu below and then click on the Pay Now button. On the payment page, you have the option to pay by PayPal or credit/debit card. Upon payment, your browser will return you to this page, and you will receive an email receipt from PayPal. Please keep this receipt. Story submissions with no corresponding fee payment will be discarded.
Now submit your story to: firstname.lastname@example.org as an email attachment in either Word or PDF format. Please provide your full name and the title of the story in the body of the email. The submissions will be judged blindly, so please do NOT put your name or email address on the manuscript. The manuscript should be titled and numbered on every page, but your name MUST BE DELETED to facilitate fair judging.
Your entry fee will be matched to your story. Stories with no corresponding administrative fee will be discarded.
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