Local writing competition winners to be published


On March 27, 2021, A Bunch of People Arts and Events, out of South Stormont, will again host the Annual “Writing in 150″ writing competition.

Amanda Burger, President of the Board noted: “This is our third year, and it is going to be exciting! This year, we are teaming up with Perch magazine in Cornwall. Not only will our traditional collection of works in book form be released in the late summer, but readers will be able to access the First Place winners on Perch Magazine’s online platform”.

The competition is so named because the writers have one hundred and fifty minutes (2 ½ hours) to write, based on a theme given to them that day. The Writing in 150 writing competition consists of six (6) writing genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Short Play, Spoken Word/Slam Poetry and Song writing. This fast-paced and creative competition will be judged by quite the line-up of experienced local judges; such as Rachelle Eves (Short Play), Tom Schoch (Fiction and Non-Fiction), Dylan Roberts (Song writing), Suzanne Millaire (Spoken word).

Tony Glen, winner of the first year’s song writing genre said, “I think we were all surprised what we could achieve in 150 minutes. Having a deadline like that really energizes the creative spirit. Everybody has something important to say; this event gave us license to express ourselves in a supportive environment”.

In 2019, the competition was held at McCloskey’s in Chesterville, where everyone created their pieces at the same time; the song and spoken word pieces were judged on-site, and the other written pieces were presented by the authors, and the public could attend the performances. With the pandemic, each person works from home and submits their work online. The event will start at 11 am, with judging beginning at 1:30 pm. The spoken word and song entrants will record their performances and upload them to the cloud for viewing by the judges. The written pieces will be emailed in. Again this year, 1st and 2nd place winners will be published in a book of their written work, as well as the posting of the 1st place winners online with Perch magazine.

“Spots are filling up fast, and we really want to have more Song writers and Slam poets enter. We are hoping Amanda Gorman’s performance at the US inauguration will inspire people to enter!”

Last year’s winners were all published in a book entitled “Writings during a Pandemic”, by Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Publishing Inc. “The book is a real success,” Amanda stated, “We always sell well, with many bought as Christmas stocking stuffers!”

If you wish to be a competitor, it is only $25 to enter.

A Bunch of People Arts & Events is a Canadian Not-for-Profit Corporation headquartered in South Stormont. Working with professional and amateur writers, musicians, actors, and visual artists, we help raise money for charity by producing fun, artist events, and entertainment. All profits go to local charities.

For more information email: [email protected].


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