2016 Blodwyn Memorial Prize winners!





THE TIME IS HERE: we are beyond excited to be announcing the winners of our inaugural Blodwyn Memorial Prize! We received over 150 amazing submissions from emerging writers all across Canada, from which it was impossible to choose just three winners in each category—so we didn’t. Today, we present to you our three winners in both the fiction and poetry categories, as well as a runner-up in each category. Click the title of each piece to read it in full online!



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Winner: The First Time I Ever Used the Path by Charlotte Van Ryn

Second place: what we lost in the fire by Amy LeBlanc

Third place: Venus by Sara Flemington

Runner-up: Toll-Free by Rudrapriya Rathore


Winner: A Picture Story by Amilcar John Nogueira

Second place: Salivation by Susie Winters

Third place: Las Meninas by Klara du Plessis

Runner-up: Anagram Rondeaus: a Nuptial Suite by Daniel Kincade Renton


All of our winners and runners up will appear in (parenthetical) in the next several months, so look check out their pieces online now and look forward to reading them in print soon!

We would also like to give a special shout out to a few more pieces that really stood out to us in each category:

Our honorable mentions in poetry go to Kaitlyn Boulding for “Skins,” Rebecca Maria Rose Gismondi for “February in New York,” tyson john atkings for “on marche/two people seen from above,” JC Bouchard for “I Wake,” Phillip Dwight Morgan for “Shades of America,” and Laboni Islam for “The Line You Approach Infinitely.”

Our honorable mentions in fiction go to Jordan Moffat for “My Big Tiny Alligator Problem,” Meaghan Hackinen for “Moose Mother,” and James Guthrie for “The Bone Cans.”

CHARLOTTE VAN RYN studied International Development at the University ofKing’s College in Halifax, NS. She attended the University of Ghana and worked in Accra for the Poetry Foundation of Ghana. She has been a tree planter, a photographer, a butcher’s assistant and a canoe trip leader. Charlotte currently lives in Toronto where her first novel, Pike, is in the editing process with the support of David Adams Richards through the Humber School for Writers and her partner, poet James Southcott.
Windsor native AMILCAR JOHN NOGUEIRA recently graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, where he was Student-Writer-in-Residence. His most recent publications include a chapbook in The Box Set, and publication in oFFSIDE e-Magazine. He enjoys long poems and pizza.
AMY LEBLANC is currently completing an honours BA in English Literature and creative writing at the University of Calgary where she is Project Editor for Nōd magazine and co-coordinator of the SU Campus Food Bank.  Her work has appeared in (Parenthetical) and Nōd Magazine.  She hopes to pursue a career in fiction and poetry, and is currently working on a novella.  Her future plans include completing an MLIS or an MA in English Literature.
SUSIE WINTERS, from Dauphin, Manitoba, studied poetry and screenwriting at the University of Victoria. Two of her poems were shortlisted for PRISM international’s 2016 poetry contest. Other poems have previously appeared inCanthius and This Side of West. 
SARA FLEMINGTON‘s stories and poetry have appeared in The Feathertale Review, The Humber Literary Review, Echolocation, and The Impressment Gang, among others. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph at Humber.
KLARA DU PLESSIS is a poet and critic residing in Montreal. Her chapbook, Wax Lyrical, was released from Anstruther Press, 2015. She curates the monthly,Montreal-based Resonance Reading Series, and writes reviews and essays forBroken Pencil Magazine, The Montreal Review of Books, The Rusty Toque and other journals. Poems have appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, The Puritan, The White Wall Review and other journals. Follow her on Twitter.
RUDRAPRIYA RATHORE is currently pursuing an MA in Creative Writing at U of T. She won the Irving Layton award for fiction in 2014 and has published pieces in the Hart House Review, The Puritan, and The Walrus. She lives and writes in Toronto.
Born in Saint John, NB, DANIEL KINCADE RENTON has been published by Canadian journals and anthologies such as Prism International, Hazlitt, CV2, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, and The Fish Quill Poetry Boat 2010-13. He hosts The Common Reading Series at the Bell Jar Cafe in Toronto and is completing a PhD on Derrida, poetics, and Hypercritical Faith at York University. Frog Hollow Press published his debut chapbook, Milk Teeth, in late 2015.


The Blodwyn Memorial Prize would not have been possible without their generosity and support.

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We are also thankful for the support of:

Brick Books |  Invisible Publishing | Literary Press Group of Canada

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