Congratulations to associate editor Sue Sinclair, who has won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her book Heaven’s Thieves, published by Brick Books. Here is what the jury said:
“The beautiful Heaven’s Thieves, by Sue Sinclair, is a constant conversation with the earth, with our human companions and present-day world, and with our civilization’s best elements, insightfully chosen by the poet: wisdom, heroism, loving emotion, the struggle with regret and all forms of pain, the struggle with death. Above all, it is a constant conversation with any of us who will read it. It stimulates and provokes us constantly, it asks us what it is that we feel and think, and it listens seriously. Sinclair’s noted power for expressive, penetrating phrases, images and comparisons here finds new levels of intensity and intimacy. And the conversation that Heaven’s Thieves conducts is not with us alone: it brings to the table a wide variety of figures from many cultural and historical sites, and puts us in refreshed contact with our world and our past. On every page is a poem of formal accomplishment. On every page, too, is a host of thoughts — sharply focused and unified yet free and encouraging freedom — that send the reader back to life with new vistas and new love.”
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Sherry Coffey, a member of the editorial board, has just been announced as the winner of the $1000 King's Landing Prize for Historical Short Fiction. The prize honours an outstanding work of fiction in the category of short story that narrates an awareness of, and appreciation for, an aspect of New Brunswick history and / or our shared heritage. Coffey received recognition at a ceremony at Government House, the residence of Her Honour, Lieutenant-Governor Jocelyne Roy Vienneau. Here she is pictured with Director of Visitor Experience at King's Landing, Jeff McCarthy.
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The Fiddlehead Editors participated in a panel at the CCWWP Conference in Fredericton this past weekend. The panel was described as follows: "Editors past, present, and future give brief presentations on what we look for in manuscripts, and how that informs our editorial visions of what The Fiddlehead is or could be." Pictured below are fiction editor Mark Jarman, editor Ross Leckie, and associate editor Sue Sinclair.
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Fiddlehead fiction editor Mark Jarman was a featured reader at the Brick Magazine 99 launch in Toronto on June 5, and he played a bit of harmonica, too!
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Also, we wanted to give a congratulatory shoutout to serveral contributors.
Jenifer Houle won the JM Abraham Poetry Award as part of the East Coast Literary Awards. Richard Kelly Kemick won gold in the fiction category in the 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards for his story “The Unitarian Church’s Annual Young Writer’s Short Story Competition,” which was published in The New Quarterly. And Danny Jacobs was just announced as a recipient of an Arts NB creation grant.
Congrats to all!