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- Kelowna, BC

Gord stays in Kelowna, BC. He’s a Thompson Indian, and member of the Lytton First Nation. He’d been reluctant to write most of his adult life. Even though he’s shown some potential in college, and completed the 3-Day Novel writing contest twice in the early 1980s, he wrote nothing for close to 20 years. The 2003 Okanagan Firestorm triggered something and he began writing again. Of the first four stories he wrote, three were published: his personal experience story was included in Touch the Flame, a collection of stories by people affected by the fire; one was a finalist in the 2003 Okanagan Short Story Contest; one took third prize in the 2005 Okanagan Short Story Contest; one was the winner of the 2007 Prism International Short Fiction Contest, and was nominated for the Journey Prize and a Western Magazine Award; one took second prize in the 2008 Okanagan Short Story Contest and was published in Our Stories. After completing NaNoWriMo in 2008, Gord stopped writing again, this time because he had a grueling work schedule. Also in 2007, Gord’s short video “Reservation Blues” won a MacBook Pro from the APTN Show Us Your Beat contest. Gord’s partner had been encouraging him to write full-time for close to a decade. In May 2013 he chose to give full-time writing a shot. Since committing to writing full-time, he’s been productive, producing 15 new short stories and completing a 3-Day Novel this past Labour Day weekend.

Story found here



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Gregory Beer
- Toronto ON

Greg is a screenwriter working in film and television. In 2008, he wrote the pilot for the Cineflix series Cold Blood which was broadcast on Channel Five in Britain and Global Television in Canada. Greg also wrote two episodes for Season IV of CTV’s Forensic Factor. Greg wrote eleven episodes over two seasons of the hit Frantic Films series, Masterminds. This groundbreaking true-crime show airs regularly on History Television and has been sold into syndication in the United States. Greg’s Masterminds Season II episode, Stealing History, won a 2005 Telly award. Currently, Greg is on the writing staff for the National Geographic series, Mayday, which is broadcast around the world and can be seen in Canada on the Discovery Channel. Greg has a Bachelor of Arts in History from McGill University and maintains a lifelong fascination with the past. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Tania, and two young sons, all of whom love stories.
Winning Story found here


Alyssa photoAlyssa Foulkes
Guelph, Ontario

Alyssa Foulkes is a sport nutritionist, an artist, a writer, and a rock climbing instructor, who lives and works in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Through her participation in writers in residence programs, she has had the opportunity to learn from writers such as Jane Urquhart, Shyam Selvadurai, Nino Ricci, and Kenneth Oppel. Alyssa has been named a semi-finalist in the John Kenneth Galbraith Short Fiction Competition three times and is a recent second place winner of the Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards contest. Her Bubblegum Haiku is published in Fire and Light, An Anthology of Verse. In 2006, Alyssa won the postcard fiction contest at The Bookshelf, Guelph, ON. Alyssa is currently working on a fantastical series for middle grade readers and hunting for an agent for her humorous picture books for children.


Jean Rae Baxter James Galbraith presenter

Jean Rae Baxter - Hamilton, Ontario

It is always an honour for a writer to receive a literary award, and it is especially an honour to receive an award commemorating a man as eminent as John Kenneth Galbraith.
This is the third consecutive year I have attended the Awards ceremony. After having a story shortlisted in 2008 and 2009, I was beginning to get the feeling of being always a bridesmaid, but never the bride. The thought that I might actually win the award remained more a tantalizing hope than an expectation.
But here I am, somewhat to my astonishment, assuring you that yes, with great pleasure I accept the award and the honour that goes with it.
I have a great admiration for the Scots—Scotch, if you prefer. I admire their industry, their common sense, their frugality, and their whiskey.
My father-in-law was born in Glasgow, and that is where the Baxter name comes from. The Baxters are a sept of the Macmillans, and my late husband wore the tartan with pride. And so I feel that I can take my place amongst you with some claim to being a member of the family.
On this proud occasion I would like, finally, to express my thanks to the Galbraith family, to the Friends of Dutton-Dunwich, to the ever helpful Jenny Phillips, and to all those unknown to me who have made the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award possible.

Jean also received a cheque for $2,000 dollars and a signed copy of Innocent Fraud by John Kenneth Galbraith


Judith Millar

Judith Millar
- Nanaimo, BC

Judith Millar is a writer of short stories, essays, poems and song lyrics. She is widely published, has won numerous awards for her creative writing, and is a frequent presenter at spoken-word events on Vancouver Island. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, Judith is a member of the BC Federation of Writers and SOCAN. A former corporate communications manager, she moved to Nanaimo, BC from Kitchener, Ontario in 2007.

Website: http://www.judithmillar.com

Winning Story: "The Insomniac"
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Joel Herscovitch

Joel Herscovitch

The medallion was presented by Alan Galbraith to Joel Herscovitch. Joel also received a cheque for $1,500.00 from Friends of Dutton Dunwich and  from Doug and Jane Gibson the new book by Alice Munroe entitled "The Best of Alice Munroe."
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Winner of John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award 2007

Charles M. Anderson
- Southey, SK

"Charles received the 1st John Kenneth Galbraith Award engraved pewter medallion, the Alice Munro book and a cheque for $1000 from Friends of Dutton Dunwich