DEBERT - A Debert woman was named a finalist in the 16th annual Writing for Children Competition.
Stephanie Roe's ‘Samantha & Harriet: The Girls Who Would Be Knights' didn't win the final honour and $1,500 cash prize, however, her story, along with the winning story and those of the other finalists, will be submitted to three Canadian publishers of children's literature for their consideration.
The competition is hosted by the Writer's Union of Canada and was initiated to discover, encourage and promote new writers of children's literature.
This year, 27 union members donated their time and expertise to read over 870 submissions of up to 1,500 words, distilling the entries to a long list of 138 stories. These stories went on to a second round of 21 readers who selected the finalists to pass on to the 2012 jury.
Don Cummer's ‘The Burying Grounds' took the top spot.