Below in no particular order are the top 3 finalists for 2016

Barbara Baker Barbara Baker
Calgary, Alberta

Barbara Wackerle Baker grew up in Banff, Alberta and spends her free time racing up and down the Rockies trying to keep up with an active family of outdoor enthusiasts. Her passions include writing, photography, exploring landscapes and time with her grandchildren (the most beautiful grandchildren ever). Three of her stories have found homes in Chicken Soup publications and a dozen others are in short story contest anthologies. Currently Barbara is querying agents and publishers for her YA novel entitled No Reception. She is both pleased and excited to be a semi-finalist in the John Kenneth Galbraith Short Fiction competition. Email:

eggy BrakenPeggy Bracken
Caledon Ontario

Peggy’s love of words started in the Inglewood library and S.S. #4 Inglewood Public School. However it was not until much later in life that she set aside other creative avenues to explore writing more fully. She has been involved in Brian Henry’s writing groups and seminars for almost five years. She has completed a novel and a collection of short stories. Besides being her favorite thing, writing “teaches me trust and patience”. Peggy is retired and lives in Caledon with her husband.

Laurie FlynnLaurie Flynn
London Ontario

Laurie Elizabeth Flynn writes contemporary fiction for young adults. Her debut, Firsts, is out now with Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press and was nominated as a YALSA Best Fiction For Young Adults pick. She is also the author of a series of short stories, The Boys Tell All, which is a featured series on Wattpad and has reached nearly 300,000 views. Laurie went to school for Journalism, where the most important thing she learned was that she would rather write made-up stories than report the news. She also worked as a model, a job that took her overseas to Tokyo, Athens, and Paris. Laurie now lives in London, Ontario with her husband Steve. She can mostly be found writing happily at her desk, with the world’s most spoiled Chihuahua on her lap. Laurie drinks way too much coffee, snorts when she laughs, and times herself when she does crossword puzzles. Laurie is represented by Kathleen Rushall of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Website URL:

Winners to be announced at our JKGLA ceremony October 15

I am inviting you to join us for our celebration - Saturday October 20 2018 at 7p.m. The event is held in the West Elgin Performing Arts Center 199 Currie Rd. Dutton Ontario. Free to all. All Welcome. Stand up reception.

We are inviting past authors and new entrants past judges dignitaries the public and of course the Galbraith family. Hope you will come and party with us