Below in no particular order are the 12 semi-finalists for 2008

photo of Joel HerscovitchJoel Herscovitch

Joel Herscovitch was born and raised in Montreal and graduated from McGill, Université de Montréal, and University of Ottawa. He moved to London, Ontario (for one year) 26 years ago. Writing credits include magazine articles and a novel, Back to the Garden. He conducts his own practice in clinical psychology.
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Terry Carroll

Terry Carroll is the author Snow Candy, shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for best novel from the Crime Writers of Canada, Body Contact, and No Blood Relative, short-listed for an Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel. A short story of his took second place in the 2006 Great Canadian Story Contest sponsored by Storyteller Magazine. Complete bio at:
photo of Paoula Avice Carr

Paula Avice Carr

P. Avice Carr is a human tumbleweed. She has rolled through twenty-nine towns in North America, living and collecting stories. Today she resides in St. Thomas, Ontario and is pulling the stories out of the tumbleweed and writing them down. She is currently writing short stories, entering writing contests, and working on a novel. Her short story “Sister Power” was published in A Cup of Comfort for Sisters as the lead story.
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John Corvese

A long term resident of Burlington, Ontario, John Corvese is a graduate from York University and Osgoode Hall Law School. He practiced law in Burlington for more than 25 years and taught at various local community colleges. He was charmed by the literary world when he wrote a column for the local newspaper and was surprisingly seduced by the quill. Now retired and spending time with his grandchildren, his passion for history has attracted him to begin writing short fiction stories.
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Ruth Zavitz

Ruth Zavitz is a fifth generation Ontario farmer and gardener currently residing in London, Ontario. Over the past twenty-five years she has shared her hands-on gardening experiences in articles published in numerous Canadian and US magazines. Her book, "High On Grass: Ornamental Grasses for Northern Gardens" was published by The Chestnut Group in 2007. Short stories, her first love, have been published in Slice of Life, Country Connection, Good Old Days, Storyteller, Canadian Stories, Bygone Days, Laughter Loaf, and Fifty Something. She is currently working on a novel, set in rural Ontario and Yorkshire England during the First World War.

photo of Jean BaxterJean Rae Baxter

After a career in education, Jean Rae Baxter turned to full-time writing several years ago. Her stories have been published in various literary journals and anthologies, winning awards from Canadian Writer’s Journal, Crime Writers of Canada and Arts Hamilton (2003 and 2004) as well as Hamilton’s Silver Hammer Award in 2007. Her debut collection of short stories, A Twist of Malice, was published in 2005 by Seraphim Editions. In 2007 Ronsdale Press published her young-adult historical novel, The Way Lies North, which tells the story of a Loyalist family’s flight from the Mohawk Valley during the American Revolution. Her third book, Looking for Cardenio, is a literary mystery involving the possible discovery of a manuscript of Shakespeare’s lost play Cardenio. It was released by Seraphim Editions in the spring of 2008. Baxter holds a B.A and an M.A. in English from the University or Toronto and a B.Ed from Queen’s University. She has always been interested in Canadian history, and particularly the part played by our First Nations. She lives in Hamilton, where she is one of the organizers of the LiT Live Reading series. She serves on the Arts Hamilton Literary Advisory Committee. You may learn more about her from her website,
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Lucy Shilton

Lucy Shilton is a student at H.B. Beal Secondary School in London, Ontario. She has recently returned from a year away in Sweden, and is enjoying being back in Canada. She has participated in the Canadian 3 Day Novel Contest for the past two years, and spends much of her spare time singing, playing the guitar, drawing, and writing poetry. She is currently trying to find her place in the world, and, at eighteen years of age, is feeling a little bit lost. You can have a peek at some of her artwork at
photo of Susan Scott

Susan Scott

Susan Scott is writer and visual artist. A Toronto native, she graduated from the Ontario College of Art long before moving to London in 1985. Susan became a freelancer 14 years ago, writing for corporations and magazines. Her articles have appeared regularly in The London Free Press, Business London, Scene Magazine, ArtScape, and other periodicals. She has edited numerous books and co-authored “An Idea Is Not Enough” with Eric W. Leaver. While her short stories have taken a backseat until recently, they have appeared in local and national literary anthologies. Susan is now devoting more time to following her muse.

photo of Alyssa FoulkesAlyssa Foulkes

Alyssa Foulkes grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, before moving to Guelph to attend university. She received her M.Sc. in nutrition and opened a consulting company called Backpack Nutrition. Her clients include everyone from children to adults, and her focus is on sport nutrition. Despite being born with soccer cleats glued to her feet, Alyssa now prefers to surf, climb the walls of the Guelph Grotto, and play beach volleyball until it’s too dark to see. Photography is another passion of Alyssa’s. Her photo art cards are sold in stores around the city. Alyssa won the postcard fiction contest at The Bookshelf in 2006. She is currently polishing four novels, including one for young adults.

photo of Maridon DuncansonMaridon Duncanson

Maridon Duncanson grew up in Elgin County and now lives in London, Ontario where she works at the University of Western Ontario. As a freelance writer, she has written many articles for magazines and newspapers. Maridon has performed with Mystery Unlimited, a dinner theatre troupe, for several years and is on the organizing committee for the London One Act Festival. She enjoys travel and has followed the wild geese from Newfoundland to the Yukon. Her proudest writing accomplishment to date is her book, "Heaps of Love, Mum," based on letters between her grandmother and her mother during World War II.
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Ryan McFadden

Ryan McFadden knew from age 16 that he was going to make his living writing novels. After 20 years of living this dream, he has earned a total of $45 -- publishing in Alienskin and Afterburn SF magazines. He attended the Creative Writing program at York University where he realized he was a fraud and a liar – two good traits for his line of work (both for his marketing side gig and his writing). He lives in his Mom’s basement in London, Ontario and has no friends. You can track his latest rejections at

From the above authors, one submitted multiple stories and therefore a second story from said author has made it into the semi-finalist for the judges consideration.  Congratulations to this years semi-finalists.