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NOPC 15
Cloudy Skies, Clear Thoughts  NOPC's 15th Volume

Cloudy Skies, Clear Thoughts is the name for the collection of winning poetry from the fifteenth Northern Ontario Poetry Competition co-sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association - Temiskaming Branch and White Mountain Publications, New Liskeard.

In keeping with the Canadian Authors Association motto of "Writers Helping Writers", this annual competition encourages and assists the development of new and existing poetic talents in the Northern Ontario region as defined by Canada Post's postal code beginning with the letter P. (See map)

Winners were carefully chosen from the 90 entries received from across Northern Ontario Postal Code P.

Launch was at 2:00 pm on Saturday Sept 12, 2009 in the Lakeshore Room, Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre,700 Lakeshore Road, North Bay, ON. It was a medium-sized crowd, including our prize winners Melanie Baschiera from Hearst, poet laureate Ann Margetson from Cobalt, June Salmon from Port Sydney, William (Bill) Knoof from Thorne, Don Bennett from Haileybury, Kurtis Gauthier from Earlton, Alvin Beck from Moose Factory, and Ruth Smith from North Bay.

Joining us on this occasion was Maggie Kirton (formerly Maggie Lacroix-just married) from Wynterblue Publishing Canada, Inc. who launched the new issue of Wyn Lit 2Four ink and outlined the writing contests and programs they support to encourage Northern Ontario writers. Their website has more details.

Go here for Table of Contents Including Winners.

Annual Rules and Guidelines

The deadline for entries each year is May 31st.

ISBN: 9781896331263 | WMPub# 1094 | 5˝" x 8˝" | 60 page chapbook | $7.95 CDN

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Table of Contents

Prize Winning Selections

First Prize Winner

Heather D. Mitchell of Thessalon, ON for the poem Storms

Second Prize Winner

Melanie Baschiera of Hearst, ON for the poem Writer Woman

Third Prize Winner

Melanie Baschiera of Hearst, ON for the poem Bug Envy

Honourable Mentions

William Knoof of Thorne, ON for the poem Patience

Ruth Smith of North Bay, ON for the poem A Quarter of a Century

Joyce Cliftof New Liskeard, ON for the poem To My Children

Melanie Baschiera of Hearst, ON for the poem Words

Judge's Selections

Melanie Baschiera of Hearst, ON for the poems The Truth About Sisters and A Sarong in the North!

Alvin Beck of Moose Factory, ON for the poems Poetry In Blue Café, Tread Softly, and Not Your Dearest Yet

Don Bennett of Haileybury, ON for the poem What Were You Thinking?

Joyce Clift of New Liskeard, ON for the poem The Winner

Karen Dick of Sault Ste. Marie, ON for the poems Time Flies, The Bully, Cold Breakfast, Mrs. B. and J

Linda Duke of Elliot Lake, ON for the poems Creativity, and Vows

Kurtis Gauthier of Earlton, ON for the poem Twice

Jerry Jordison of New Liskeard, ON for the poems simple poems, Habitat Invasion and for immediate occupancy

William Knoof of Thorne, ON for the poems Ode to Retirement, On The Torments of Low Water Pressure, and Poetic Notion

Greg Laurenceson of Elliot Lake, ON for the poems Jackpine Wanderer, Nightfall and River Trip

Ann Margetson of Cobalt, ON for the poems Nature Sings, and Street Person

Heather D. Mitchell of Thessalon, ON for the poem In Gratitude

Chara Neill of New Liskeard, ON for the poems Like A Movie, and What's The Difference

June Salmon of Port Sydney, ON for the poems Tenacity, My Father's Girl, My Mother's Girl – 2, Guide, Compulsion, Thunderbird, and Two Crows

Judy Selinger of Longlac, ON for the poem Camp

Richard Smith of North Bay, ON for the poems Helios, and Night-lit Windows

Ruth Smith of North Bay, ON for the poem Too Long in the Ground

Thanks to all who attend the Launch on September 11th, 2010 at the Lakeshore Room, Best Western, North Bay, ON.