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Poetry Competition 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 SPARKS Poetry Prize winners (and big thanks to co-judges George Murray, our 2018 Writer in Residence, and Nick Avis, of Browne Fitzgerald Morgan & Avis, who sponsors the Prize!):

  • 1st Place: Andreae Callanan, “Dismantling the Great Whale, Snooks Arm”
  • 2nd Place: Lisa McCreary, “Gypsy Blue Shawl”
  • 3rd Place: Andrew Smith, “The Sun”

Honourable mentions went to Leslie Amminson for “Murmurations” and to Brianna Gosse for “Blush”


The SPARKS Literary Festival was founded in 2009 by poet and professor Mary Dalton, who served as the festival's director for the first 6 years. Now organized by Memorial's Department of English with ongoing support from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, SPARKS continues to celebrate the literary creations of Newfoundland and Labrador and showcase writers at various stages of their creative lives. It is what Dalton has called a "word spree." The festival also makes available displays of books and journals published in Newfoundland and Labrador and a mini-bookstore featuring works by the authors reading at the festival.


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