The Judging Panel

Senior Judges — Short Story Category

Mark Frutkin
Mark Frutkin, an Ottawa writer, editor and journalist, has published seven books of fiction and three collections of poetry. His work has appeared in Canada, the U.S., England, Russia, Poland, Holland, South Korea, Spain and India. In 2007, his novel Fabrizio’s Return won the Trillium Prize for Best Book and the Sunburst Award and was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book (Canada/Caribbean region). In 1988, his novel Atmospheres Apollinaire was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Trillium Award and the Ottawa/Carleton Book Award. His first non-fiction book, Erratic North: A Vietnam Draft Resister’s Life in the Canadian Bush, was published in September 2008.

Frances Itani
Frances Itani is a Member of the Order of Canada, an award-winnning author and a teacher of creative writing. She has published 11 books, including five collections of short stories. Her most recent novel, Remembering the Bones, was shortlisted for a 2008 Commonwealth Award. Her novel Deafening has been published in 17 languages, was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award and won several other awards, including a 2004 Commonwealth Prize for Best Book. Remembering the Bones has been nominated for the 2009 IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award, an award for which she was also short-listed in 2005.

Senior Judges — Poetry Category

George Bowering
Canadian poet and writer George Bowering has published over 50 works of fiction and non-fiction, including novels, stories, book-length poems and collections of poems. He has won numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Canadian Authors’ Association Award for Poetry. In 2002, he was named as the first Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate. He is an officer of the Order of Canada and of the Order of British Columbia.

Marilyn Iwama
Marilyn Iwama has a BA and MA in English literature and a PhD in interdisciplinary studies, all from the University of British Columbia. Her poetry has appeared in various literary magazines. Her first volume of poetry, Skin Whispers Down, was published in 2003. Four years later, she and four co-authors published I Got It From An Elder: Conversations in Healing Language. She has served as juror for the Atlantic Writing Competition, The Atlantic Poetry Prize and Dalhousie University’s “Medical Mystery Novel” competition. Currently, she is a juror on a national writing competition.

Preliminary Judges — Short Story Category

Lesly Bauer, BJ/88
Lesly Bauer grew up writing fiction on an old typewriter and dreaming of becoming the next Isaac Asimov. Since graduating from Carleton University, he has written articles, speeches, scripts, essays and, of course, short stories. Lesly lives in Ottawa with wife Sheila and daughters Leah and Rebecca. Lesly won first prize in the 2008 Carleton University Short Story Competition for his story Truing Kate.

Susan Burhoe, BAHons/93, MA/95
As program co-ordinator for Carleton’s Enriched Support Program (ESP), Susan Burhoe helps students who may not meet traditional entrance requirements to develop their academic abilities in the university environment. She also names writing, editing and marketing among her responsibilities at the ESP. She is an avid reader with a master’s in history from Carleton and has completed coursework towards a PhD.

Andrew Forbes, BA/03
A recent Carleton University graduate, Andrew Forbes has been busy with a variety of pursuits, including writing film reviews and volunteering with CKCU FM. He has published stories in The Charlatan, In/Words and The Feathertale Review. He now lives in Peterborough, Ont., with his wife Christie Curley and their daughter Adelaide. Andrew won second prize in the 2008 Carleton University Short Story Competition for his story Vocalion.

Jennifer Gilbert, MA/02
Jennifer Gilbert has a BA in linguistics from York University and an MA in applied language studies from Carleton University. She is an instructor with Carleton’s Centre for Initiatives in Education and the co-ordinator of the Academic Writing Centre in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. She is interested in how individuals and communities learn, and the role of writing in that process. She works with writers from a variety of academic and professional fields, as well as creative writers.

Susan Lee, MA/93
Susan Lee is an instructor in the Enriched Support Program at the Centre for Initiatives in Education at Carleton University. She received her BA in French language and literature from Mount Allison University and her MA in comparative literary studies at Carleton. She is an active member of a local women’s writing collective and an avid reader of fiction.

Del Jacko, BA(Hons)/09
Del Jacko graduated with a BA in English from Carleton University in June 2009 and began graduate studies Carleton’s School of Canadian Studies. She is very involved in a variety of Aboriginal initiatives on Carleton’s campus including working at the Centre for Initiatives in Education with the Aboriginal Enriched Support Program for five years. She was also instrumental in co-organizing a celebration honouring Aboriginal post-secondary achievement held in Ottawa in 2009 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Preliminary Judges — Poetry Category

Stephanie Coffey, BA (Hons)/09
Stephanie is a recent graduate from Carleton University with a joint honours degree in Mass Communication and English. She has been writing poetry since grade school and finds it one of the most beautiful mediums in which to express oneself. She was involved in the Carleton poetry workshop and has also had many publishing credits in In/Words literary magazine and its affiliates.

Peter Gibbon
Peter Gibbon is an author, editor and master’s student at Carleton University’s School of Canadian Studies. He has published six and a half chapbooks over four years. His poetry has appeared in In/Words magazine, the Moose & Pussy, Vagina Dentata, Bywords Quarterly and The Dusty Owl Quarterly. He was a runner-up in the 2007 George Johnston Poetry Award. He is currently a managing editor of In/Words, Carleton’s student-run magazine and chapbook press.

Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Carleton University. He has published essays on a wide variety of Canadian writers, including Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Carol Shields and Mordecai Richler. As part of his introductory course on literary study for first-year students, he has also edited and published a series of chapbooks of student writing, most recently The ArtsOne Sonnet Project (2009).

Chris Turnbull, MA/00
Chris Turnbull co-ordinates the Certificate in Nunavut Public Service Studies through the School of Public Policy and Administration. She has an MA in English Literature from Carleton University and a BA (Hons) from Simon Fraser University. Her poetry has appeared in various literary magazines and small press publications in Canada and the U.S. Occasionally she publishes other poets through her small press magazine, rout/e.

Brenda Vellino
Brenda Vellino is a professor in Carleton’s Department of English Language and Literature. Her research and teaching interests encompass 20th and 21st century literature. She has founded a number of events to keep poetry alive with Carleton students, including the Creative Writer’s Circle, the annual PEN Canada Poetry Recitathon fundraiser and the annual departmental poetry contest. Before being a mom of two girls and a professor, she wrote and occasionally published her own poetry in CV2.

Neil Wilson, BJ/71
Neil Wilson is the founding director of the Ottawa International Writers Festival and co-host of Literary Landscape on CKCU. He has two undergraduate degrees from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. He has spent most of his professional life as a writer/editor for hire with stints at the CBC and various federal government departments. He loves theatre, has worked at the National Arts Centre and is the founder of the almost invisible theatre company, The Ringsend Project.

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