LAWRENCE M. Pinsker of Winnipeg and Helma Rogge Rehders of Winnipeg Beach emerged the big winners in the Winnipeg Free Press/Writers' Collective of Manitoba's 2013 nonfiction and poetry writing contests.
Entrants wrote to the theme "an unfamiliar place" and were judged by an industry panel that included recent 2013 Governor General Award winner Katherena Vermette.
In the nonfiction category, Pinsker came in first place for The City Dressed in Night. Pinsker previously won in this category in 2011 with Lessons from a Man of Clay. Amy Attas of Pinawa snagged second place with Couchsurfing in a Retirement Residence while Tom Reynolds of Winnipeg came in third with Open a Window.
Grey, by Winnipeg's Robert King and Me, God and Blisters on the Camino de Santiago by Donna Warenko received honourable mentions.
In the poetry contest, Rogge Rehders picked up first place with A Killdeer Calls, while Jo-Anne Strong from Rapid City took second place for River's Edge. Vancouver's Maya Thau-Eleff came in third with r(Evolution).
Side Street Blues by Judith Johanson of Fort Francis, Ont., and The Tree House at Baba's by Winnipeg's Daye Irving received honourable mentions.
"One of the most important aspects of writing is its ability to take us to an unfamiliar place and help us experience and understand it," Writers' Collective board president Hilary Friesen said in a release. "It's clear from our judges' commentary that all our winners, in both nonfiction and poetry, achieved this goal. Bringing new voices and unfamiliar places into the world through writing is one of the reasons The Writers' Collective is committed to supporting emerging writers."
Winning entries will be published in the Winnipeg Free Press from Dec. 26 through 31.