Below in no particular order are the 12 semi-finalists for 2017

JOc Shipley photo 2012Jocelyn Shipley
Toronto, Ontario

Jocelyn Shipley was a semi-finalist for the 2011 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award and runner-up for 2010. Born and raised in London, Ontario, she graduated from York University and has attended the Humber School for Writers. She writes for both adults and children, and received the 2011 Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing for Young People Award. Her stories have appeared in anthologies, newspapers and magazines, and she is co-editor of Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls. Her new teen novel, How to Tend a Grave, was published in May. Jocelyn lives in Toronto and on Vancouver Island. Connect with her online: Website and blog: Twitter: Facebook:

Flower - AgnewJanice Agnew
London, ON

I'm honoured to have received a nomination for this award. I write short stories and have completed a non-fiction manuscript. At the moment, I'm enjoying the process of putting together a screenplay. To date, I'm unpublished but am looking forward to the day that will change.

Bruce MadoleBruce Madole
Brampton, ON

Bruce Madole is an award-winning Canadian songwriter whose devotion to story-telling began with an emphasis on poetry and short fiction. Over time he shifted into lyric, and then expanded his focus again to include longer forms. While his Twitter identity - @SongsAreStories – is evidence of Bruce's commitment to his shortest form of story-telling, he has continued to develop his fiction skills with the completion of a first novel this year, and a second novel underway. Bruce has had a variety of distinguished Canadian mentors for his poetry and fiction writing, starting with a year-long workshop with Dennis Lee (at Trent University), briefly with Judith Merril, and recently, in workshops with Brian Henry. Bruce has been a lifelong student of the suspense, thriller and crime genres. A graduate of Trent University (English Literature) and Sheridan College (Journalism), Bruce has been a practicing wordsmith since 1979, including work as a journalist, editor, and public affairs writer. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with a communications practice in business and technical communication. In private life, he has been a repeat contributor to The Canadian Writer’s Guide, and Canadian Musician, and other periodicals. Bruce is the co-founder, co-producer and performing host of an acoustic songwriter’s concert series, The Source of the Song, which has featured many of Canada’s leading and emerging songwriters. He is also the author and facilitator of a songwriting workshop, Finding Your Inner Songwriter. (

Ken McBeathKen McBeath
Courtenay British Columbia

Born in India, brought up in Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland. Electronics technician and part-time paratrooper. Swapped my soldering iron for a sledghammer on oil rigs offshore Abu Dhabi and in the Libyan desert. Geologist in the deep gold mines in South Africa, the bush of Rhodesia, and the rainforests of Suriname, where I slept in a hammock in a hut with no walls, on the banks of the Lawa River. Absolute Magic. After the Bre-X meltdown, worked for the local Welfare Department with a scintillating assortment of murderers, armed robbers and regular folk down on their luck. Retired now in Comox B.C., writing stories. Member of the Comox Valley Writers Society.

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Beverly Burgess Bell;
Oakville, ON

alyssa foulkesAlyssa Foulkes
Guelph Ontario

Alyssa Foulkes pens quirky characters doing peculiar things. She recently won the John Kenneth Galbraith Short Fiction competition and has been a semi-finalist six times. Earlier this year, Alyssa placed second in NOWW's Annual International Writing Contest. She is currently writing a magical realism novel for young adults. Her writing can be found in Off The Shelf; The Changing Image; Fire and Light, An Anthology of Verse; and The AWI Quarterly. Alyssa is a member of CANSCAIP. She creates in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, where she lives with her partner and their puppy, named Magic.

dorthy doner-colesDOROTHY DONER-COLES

Dorothy was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Alice Monroe Short Story Contest and is delighted to be short-listed for the prestigious 2017 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award. She has enjoyed a successful career as a commercial copywriter and since retiring has applied her wordsmith skills to writing fiction. Recently, Dorothy completed a 42,000 word collection of her writings, ‘Making Waves’, which includes twelve of her favourite short stories plus a 20,000 word novella. One of her short stories, ‘Sweet Death’ was published in Commuter Lit in September 2016. Dorothy and her husband Stewart left the busy big city of Toronto to retire to Midland, Ontario and now treasure the atmosphere of living in a smaller town. When she is not busy cooking up a storm for her family, playing bridge or having lunch with her friends, you will find her tapping the keyboard to create another work of fiction

susan burdettSusan Burdett
Dutton Ontario

Susan is a University of Western Ontario graduate, recently retired after 35 years in the business world. She is focused on her family, gardens, dogs, and writing. When the freezer and canning jars are full, she writes memoirs, fantasy, science fiction, and children’s stories. She is currently working on a Young Adult fantasy novel as well as teaming up with her husband to produce children’s audio books. It was a special thrill for Susan to be listed a second time in the top twelve semi-finalists for the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award. She believes that her membership in the London Writers Society is a big factor in her growth as a writer. Susan lives with her husband on a farm in southwestern Ontario where they raised their two sons. She shares special country moments, past and present, on

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Ann Marie Rocchi
View Lake, ON

sandra ZiemniakSandra Ziemniak
Milton, On

Sandra Ziemniak lives in Milton, Ontario but does her best writing on a rickety old deck tucked beneath towering pine trees near the shores of Lake Huron. Her work has won the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Short Story Contest (2013) and was shortlisted for The Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition (2014). Sandra is currently seeking representation for her first novel, Head Locked, while she works on the outline for her second novel. You can read Sandra’s work on or visit her on Twitter @mywordaddiction or FB at Sandra Ziemniak.

Our three guest judges will read, discuss and rate the merits of each story. They will select their top three finalists and from those three select one winner to be announced in the later part of our award ceremony 7pm Oct. 21, 2017, 199 Currie Rd., Dutton, ON – WEDS Theatre. Mobility elevator available. 26 miles west of London on the 401 hwy. and 1K south on Currie Rd. across from Ford dealership. Event is free to all. ALL WELCOME. Stand up reception. Meet other authors old and new.

Hope to see you there.

We will begin accepting entries the first week in January for our 2018 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award writing contest.
This winter we will be revamping our web site. Any questions anytime will be accepted at my email address above or by phone to the above number.
Thanks for making this a great Canada150.
Jenny Phillips and Leslie Galbraith.