Room of One’s Own is pleased to present the winning entries from our latest fiction and poetry contest. Once again, we were able to find superior judges: Madeline Sonik for poetry and Aislinn Hunter for fiction. Aislinn is the author of the novel Stay, and Madeline writes children’s books and edits anthologies. Both women are acclaimed poets. Madeline’s selection for first-place poetry goes to Kathy Para for “thin.” Aislinn’s choice for first-place fiction goes to Renate M. Mohr for “Nonsense and Absence.”
COVER ARTIST'S STATEMENT
I enjoy layering media to create a painting with multiple images and meanings. People, plants, animals, and everyday situations inspire me. I always hope the viewer might feel a moment of connection or humour when they see one of my paintings.
Penny-Anne Beaudoin is the recipient of Room’s 2004 second-place prize for poetry. Penny-Anne’s articles have appeared in a number of North American newspapers. Her poetry has been published in Room of One’s Own, and her fiction has appeared in Liguorian and Writer On Line. Penny-Anne lives in Amherstburg, Ontario.
Melva McLean has been a publishing professional for over 15 years. She is the former managing editor of Mosaic and New Star Books. A recent graduate of the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University, Mel is a freelance editor and teaches writing and publishing courses through the Vancouver School Board.
Renate M. Mohr is the first-place winner of Room’s 2004 short fiction contest. She wrote “Nonsense and Absence” shortly after the passing of her mother Ingeborg Mohr and her friend Michael Nurse. Renate also won the 2004 Canadian Authors Association (Niagara Branch) short story contest. Renate lives in Toronto.
Kathy Para is the first-place winner of Room’s 2004 poetry contest as well as the second-place winner for short fiction. A student in the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program, Kathy’s work has won several contests and has been published in Pearls, The Other Press, and on-line in Barbed Wire. Kathy lives in Gibsons, B.C.
Leah Rae is a writer, student, and barista. Her work has been published in The Claremont Review, Room of One's Own, Antithesis, W49th, and From This New World. She is currently completing a BFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. She lives near the ocean with Edna the Cat.
Alison Stephen (cover artist) has a MFA in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work has appeared in publications and annuals, including Utne Magazine and Applied Arts. Alison lives in Beacon, a small town on the Hudson River, and looks forward to the day she can get her own Boston Terrier.