What an appropriate day to reveal the first of our writers to win a prize!
I would now like to introduce our judges. Tara Leach is a wonderfully creative teacher,extraordinary artist both on the stage and in the traditional sense. Monica Donnelly is another great teacher, world traveller and published poet! They both very generously took the time to peruse the entries and choose who they felt should be featured.
The criteria was simply that all entries had to be under 200 words. I was delighted that not only was prose sent but poetry as well! I want to thank all who participated - the entries were welcome and well-written. I hope everyone will join us again next year at the same time.
It is now time for the our third place winner to be announced - (Think drum roll and cheering here!)
Now for the main event:
Cabin Fever by Laurita Miller
She woke when the book fell from her lap. The evening sky, dark and smoky grey, told of looming snow. Where was Bern? He was very late. Very late.
She pushed up from her rocking chair. The old floor creaked, but it was warm, a blessing on a night like this. She paced the room – three, four times – then went to the back door. Snow drifted high over the porch and stretched, pristine and shimmering, for as far as she could see.
How long since she’d been outside? Two days? A week? She moved to the window and looked out upon the snow covered laneway. No footsteps, no tires marred the frosty ripples and waves. She longed to go out, but knew she would not make it far. New flakes, plump and heavy, swirled against the glass.
She would wait for Bern. He would be back soon.Laurita, I will send off your well-deserved prize which includes a pair of beautiful handmade candles made by Roger and Cathy Desilet of the Ravenscreek Farms near Oakburn, MB, a Brown Sugar Keeper from Steve Jorganson Pottery Studio in Winnipeg, MB and a Timmy's Card for one of those much needed caffeine fixes. I will be tucking in a little extra surprise as well!
|Congratulations on your win Laurita!|