Each year, Briarpatch Magazine holds a contest for poetry, creative non-fiction, and photography that brings to life issues of social and environmental justice. We’re very pleased to announce the winners and honourable mentions of our tenth annual Writing in the Margins contest!
Congratulations to our winners:
- Creative non-fiction winner Vina Nguyen for "We are the boat's people"
- Poetry winner Nikki Shaffeeullah for "Spirits"
- Photography winner Shawn Johnston for "Land Back camp: Our voices"
Winners are awarded $500 and are published in the March/April print issue of Briarpatch.
This year’s honourable mentions go to:
- Creative non-fiction runner-up Paula Bogdan for "Clock me like one of your French girls"
- Poetry runner-up Daniel Sarah Karasik for "a simile is more honest than a metaphor thank you no questions at this time"
- Photography runner-up Paula Razuri for "PLEASE LISTEN"
Honourable mentions are awarded $150 and are published online.
Paula Bodgan's "Clock me like one of your French girls" also took home the prize for best hometown entry.
We’re excited to share these powerful essays, poems, and photos with our readers. Congratulations to all!
Thank you to our judges, Larissa Lai, Sonnet L'Abbé, and Pat Kane, for lending their expertise to select the winners and honourable mentions this year. And thank you to all of the entrants for sharing your stories, poems, and photos. There are precious few contests dedicated specifically to writing and art that addresses social and environmental justice, and we were humbled and inspired by the fierce, beautiful, and hopeful submissions we received.
This contest was made possible thanks to a grant from the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG).