2021

Press Release 10/16/2021

This our 3rd year, we had 3 Writing Contests – Young Voices 18 years and younger, Seniors 65 and older and Poetry.  We received 17 Young Voices submissions; 21 Seniors submissions and 40 Poetry Submissions.  Talk about what a wonderful response especially with all that we have been going through because of Covid.  We had new judges from our members and they were thanking me for being part of this process of reading the submissions and learning about the different ways that people write.  Here are our winners.

2021 Winners

Seniors

Indigo Gift Certificate

1st place

Ishrat Chowdhury

Freezing time in one moment of my life

Indigo Gift Certificate

$100.00

2nd place

Frances Frommer

Glad for Gluttony

Indigo Gift Certificate

$75.00

3rd place

Parveen Kaur

We Believe

Indigo Gift Certificate

$50.00

Poetry

Indigo Gift Certificate

1st place

Alene Sen

The garden

Indigo Gift Certificate

$100.00

2nd place

David Burga

How To Work at 5000 Meters Above Sea Level

Indigo Gift Certificate

$75.00

3rd place

Keith Garebian

Mumtaz

Indigo Gift Certificate

$50.00

Youth

Indigo Gift Certificate

1st place

Dhiya Sathish (15)

Bad days and the good moments within

Indigo Gift Certificate

$100.00

2nd place

Keerat Kaur (17)

I am me

Indigo Gift Certificate

$75.00

3rd place

Vanessa B. (15)

Uncertainty

Indigo Gift Certificate

$50.00

Elizabeth Banfalvi

President/Director

Mississauga Writers Group

2020

Press Release 9/16/2020

#ApartTogether Contest was featured through the 2020 summer of COVID-19. It was offered as a way of having writers write about their experiences and what they have gone through with the pandemic of 2020.  Mississauga Arts Council offered three prizes for the best submissions – 1st place $250, 2nd place $150, and 3rd place $100. Mississauga Writers Group handled the admin part of the contest but also will be featuring the submissions in their yearly anthology the upcoming Word Fest, Celebrating Family, Friends and Neighbours. Peel Weekly News published the different submissions and will be publishing the winners in their weekly newspaper.  Heritage Mississauga will be posting all the writings to their city archives.

21 submissions came in as poetry and stories. School, pet, family, sad and happy stories all came in and they were judged by a panel of five judges.  All of them were amazed at the submissions and were happy they were a part of it.  So many submissions were from the members of the Mississauga Writers Group and as the director, I was very happy that they did step up. That is what it is about.  We are a writers’ group and we were given an opportunity that was different than our usual but we wrote about our every day lives and how we were coping.

The requirement was that we all lived in Mississauga and that it was a maximum of 500 words.  Some were over but happily reduced the amount of words.  We insisted on having a bio and a photo for our promotions just like other contests and they obliged.  One of the most difficult writings we have is our own bio – much like a resume but it is personal.  Everyone stepped up and signed a permission slip to have their writings promoted within our four different venues.

Here are our three winners:  Marisa – Together (poem); Angela – Falling of Father Tree, 1950 (poem); and Frances –I Celebrate My Cats: Constant Companions During the Coronavirus Pandemic (prose). Congratulations to all of our winners. Their stories will and have been published in the Peel Weekly News. The announcement will be coming soon.

This was our first collaborated effort with a contest and it proved very successful.  Our city is full of artists and writers and this just proves it.

Elizabeth Banfalvi

President/Director

Mississauga Writers Group

2020 & 2019 Winners

#Apart Together Contest

In association with Mississauga Arts Council.

#ApartTogether Contest 2020

1st place

Marisa Baratta

Together

2nd place

Angela Chao

Falling of Father Tree, 1950

3rd place

Frances Frommer

I Celebrate My Cats: Constant Companions During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Young Voices Writing Contest 2019

1st place

Omnea Fakhri, 13

A Glass of Chai

2nd place

Dhiya Sathish, 14

Anxiety

3rd place

Hannah Bautista, 17

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