Paeans and Kudos

Noting Members’ Accomplishments

June/July 2017

Cryssa Bazos

Cryssa’s novel, Traitor’s Knot, will be launched at Station Gallery on July 27th, 2017 from  7-9 p.m.  RSVP to

A.B. Funkhauser

Solstice Publishing has accepted A.B.’s third offering, SHELL GAME, for publication. Shell Game is a psycho-social cat dramedy with death and laughs.

Margaret Hefferman

Murder at Mother’s by Maighread MacKay was released on July 4, 2017 and is now available on Amazon.



Heather M O’Connor and Erin L. Thomas

Heather M. O’Connor and Erin L. Thomas are among 27 members of Canada’s creative community who have been awarded grants through The Access Copyright Foundation (ACF). The Foundation promotes and supports Canadian culture by providing grants (Events, Professional Development, and the Marian Hebb Research Grant) to assist with the development and distribution of publishable Canadian works.

Brenda Harrison

Brenda submitted a story to Chicken Soup for the Soul and published a story in the Fall 2016 The Word Weaver.

Rick Pyves

Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal book coverCourage, Sacrifice and Betrayal – The Story of the Victoria Rifles – 60th Battalion in Great War will be published by the UK-based Helion & Company and will be launched in the UK and Canada in June 2018.

Patrick Meade

Patrick Meade submitted five poems to Eden Mills Poetry Contest.

M-E Girard
M-E Girard

M-E Girard was among the winners of the annual Lambda Literary Award (Lammys) in New York City last week, for her novel Girl Mans Up.  Read more on CBC Books…

This high praise for M-E and her story about Pen, a teenage girl who prefers to dress like a boy, was garnered in the LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult category. Girl Mans Up is currently a finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

The Lammys celebrate LGBTQ literature in a wide range of genres. In total, five books with Canadian ties were among this year’s recipients.

Ingrid Ruthig

This Being, a poetry collection by Ingrid Ruthig, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, has won the 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. The national prize, sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. Ingrid, was presented with the $1000 prize at the evening awards ceremony on June 10th, during the League’s annual conference in Toronto. Previous Lampert Award winners include Rosemary Sullivan, Steven Heighton, Elisabeth Harvor, and Stephanie Bolster.

From the jurors: “Formally elegant, Ruthig’s poetry is smooth and reflects an impeccable ear. Ruthig picks up an idea and unspools it to its end with precision and calmness. This is a book that took its time to be made and for its performance, being consistently excellent from front to back. Her poems read as sonic and ‘sombre supplicant to the whims/ of living, age, genetics, and weather’ fashioned into a ‘stronghold of I.’”

Learn more about the League and read the official announcement…

May 2017

Cryssa Bazos

Traitor's Knot book coverhas been published by Endeavour Press! Traitor’s Knot is available through Amazon

“Traitor’s Knot is a sweeping tale of love and conflicted loyalties set against the turmoil of the English Civil War.”




Dawn Brown

Dawn submitted a short story in early May to The Little Bird Writing Contest, run by Sarah Selecky.  Winners will be announced in June; winning stories will be published in an annual short fiction anthology, Little Bird Stories.

W.A. Frolick

The Cabin by W.A. Frolick - book coverDave’s first novel, The Cabin: A Murder Mystery is now available as a Kobo e-book and on and as a Kindle e-book and paperback print on demand book. WDF Publishing

Dave has also launched Frozen North, a website which features mainly country songs written or co-written by songwriting partners Dave Frolick and Bill Osmond, along with many other talented songwriters.

M-E Girard

Girl Mans Up book coverGirl Mans Up by M-E Girard has been shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the Literary Fiction category. The Kobo shortlist comprises 18 works in three categories—Non-fiction, Literary Fiction and Genre Fiction.

Girls Mans Up is “about a gender-nonconforming teen who struggles to own her identity as a girl when she looks and acts like a boy and everyone around her expects her to be one or the other.” Read more about Girl Mans Up



Maria Jemmott

Walking Through and Other Stories - book coverMaria and four other writers have published an anthology of five short stories, Walking Through and Other Stories, which was featured on CBC Radio’s Here and Now Book Club. Walking Through book launches and signings will take place on May 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Chapters, Durham Centre, 90 Kingston Road, Ajax; May 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Artfest on the Esplanade, Pickering Civic Complex, One The Esplanade, Pickering; June 3, 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Chapters, Square One, 189 Rathburn Road West, Mississauga.

Sue Reynolds

Six out of the eight finalists and award winners for the Scugog Council for the Arts literary contest are, or were, participants in Sue’s classes and workshops.  Sue also published her honourable mention poem Her First First Nations Boyfriend in Vallum this month.

Renee Sgroi

Renee’s poem has been accepted by the Canadian writing magazine, Prairie Fire.

Stanley R. Taylor

Although Lee Valley declined Stanley’s request to include his book Taylor’s Pneumatic Toys in their inventory, the woodworking & gardening tools retailer offered Stanley the opportunity to teach children how to make the pneumatically controlled Canadarm.  Stanley will teach workshops in the Vaughan store on June 10th and in the Scarborough store on June 17th. Stanley has just returned from Maine, where he taught three classes on how to build balsawood gliders with control surfaces as part of the Space Day Maine.

Heather Tucker

The Clay Girl book coverThe Clay Girl has been shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the Literary Fiction category and long-listed for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors. The Kobo shortlist comprises 18 works in three categories—Non-fiction, Literary Fiction and Genre Fiction. The Frank Hegyi Award Long List comprises 10 books from a field of 41 submissions from across Canada. The Frank Hegyi Award is Canada’s newest literary award.

The Clay Girl is a beautiful tour de force about a child sculpted by kindness, cruelty, and the extraordinary power of imagination, and her families — the one she’s born in to and the one she creates…” Read more about The Clay Girl


April 2017

Aisha Ashraf

Aisha entered the Simcoe Writers Word for Word Contest as well as the Scugog Arts Prose Contest.

Jackie Brown

Outfox magazine imageJackie entered Outfox, the magazine she co-founded with WCDR member Jaq C. Reed, into the “Best Magazines 2017″ contest through the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Outfox is for kids on the autism spectrum and is full of fun, facts, jokes and contests, all wrapped up in the message YOU ARE AWESOME.  This magazine also involves WCDR members Stan Taylor and Jesse Cameron.



Stephanie Gibeault

Stephanie won 5th place in the Institute of Children’s LIterature Middle Grade Adventure Contest.

Rich Helms

Rich was invited to present bread baking as Lucy Maud Montgomery did in the early 1900s vs. today, and to talk at the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society luncheon series.

Ingrid Ruthig

Book cover - This Being by Ingrid Ruthig

Ingrid Ruthig is pleased to announce that her most recent book, THIS BEING, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. The award, sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. The winners of this and other LCP awards will be announced on June 10 at an awards ceremony in Toronto. Previous Lampert winners include Rosemary Sullivan, Steven Heighton, and Stephanie Bolster. View the official announcement at:

Janet Stobie

Kawartha Lakes Stories Winter book imageMy short story, Snowbound Miracle of 1944, has been accepted for an anthology of true local stories by authors living in the Kawartha Lakes.





Ruth Walker

Ruth was interviewed twice: this month on Storylines in Muskoka FM and last month on Words on the Hill in Northumberland FM.