JC Chose the Poetry Finalists in the CAA (Ottawa Branch) 2019 Writing Contest

JC congratulates the finalists whose names and the titles of whose winning works were announced early on April 10. Here is the link to the big reveal:


JC was honoured to judge the poetry entries in this year’s writing contest convened by the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Authors Association.

She recalls the refrain from Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1895 classic “Trial by Jury”:
“For I am a judge… And a good judge, too.”

“To be honest, even though I have served as judge in many poetry competitions, it’s always a challenge to select the top entries for the winners’ circle. I also recognize how idiosyncratic the process is: one judge’s selections are particular to that judge.

“This year’s field in the CAA contest offered many fine poems with a wide range of subject matter and forms from the traditional to experimental. Judging the work blind is a blessing, so that the identity of the top entrants remained unknown to me until the announcement. I am delighted with the results!”

How the finalists placed will be made public at the Awards Ceremony beginning at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in the downstairs Auditorium of the Ottawa Public Library’s Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe St.

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