Standing Strong is the collection of winning poetry from the twelfth (2007) 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.
Winners were announced at the Launch Sept 8th, in the Lounge Room at the Inn On The Bay, 340 Main Street West, North Bay 2:00pm to 4:00pm Our special thanks go to our guest speaker Anita Purcell, National Vice President of the Canadian Authors Association.
The deadline for entries each year is May 31st.
Prize Winning Selections
First Prize Winner
Richard Smith of North Bay: Aria
Second Prize Winner
Nathan Shami of Sault Ste. Marie: Twilight and Flowers
Third Prize Winner
Melanie Baschiera Duguay of Hearst: She Sows No Sorrows
Richard Smith of North Bay: War of the Words
Penny Ashdown of Kenora: Auntie Maud's Boob
O.Fay Becks of Mindemoya: Browsing Through My Grandfather's Books
Stacy Turcotte of Temagami: Poetry
Joyce Clift of New Liskeard: Abusive Love
Brian Beaudry of Haileybury for the poems: Shivers, and I Fear You
O. Fay Becks of Mindemoya for the poems: Paradise Found and Lost, Ode to An Odious Cat, Hot Flashes, Gazing Toward Eternity, Sweet Summer, and Northern Fall Fashions
Lois Bilusack of North Bay for the poem The Blessing of Peace
Rhonda J Chapman of Powassan for the poem My Feathered Fern
Alex Chornyj of Sault Ste. Marie for the poem Distant Ring
Samantha Cole of Hearst for the poems: Innocence, Gifted, and Numbness Ring
Melanie Baschiera Duguay of Hearst for the poems: Up North, Dear Jack, Nona, and Is Gone Be Ayrett, Brotha
Linda Duke of Elliot Lake for the poem Discards
Jerry Jordison of New Liskeard for the poems Awaken, Quantum, and A Sandwich of Words
Debbie LaPlante of North Bay for the poem Little Girl Blue
Julia Neal of North Bay for the poem My Pony
Jane Sargent Nodwell of North Bay for the poem Starting to Thaw
Guy K M Smith of Sault Ste. Marie for the poem Harmony
Richard Smith of North Bay for the poems Traveling The White Wind, Walk This Mile, and War of the Words
Ray Stortini of St. Joseph Island for the poem For Freddie
Stacy Turcotte of Temagami for the poem: Water Diamonds