Barbara Sibbald wins Short Fiction Contest

So nice to hear this from Ottawa Magazine –

“Earlier this year, Ottawa Magazine announced our first-ever short fiction contest. We knew there were writers out there, crafting great stories and dreaming of sharing them with a wider audience. We wanted to provide the audience — and tap into some of that creative energy. So we put the word out there and crossed our fingers. We got some great support from the local and national writing community, who shared our post through social media.

Illustration by Alanah Abels

Illustration by Alanah Abels

“And the entries poured in! First it was a trickle, then came the flood. Over 75 entries in total were judged through a “blind” process — thanks rob mclennan for that suggestion, which helped us read each story with an open mind. Three members of the Ottawa St. Joseph Communications team read every story, and a fourth helped us whittle the long list down to a winner and a runner-up.

“And the winner is…

“Barbara Sibbald, for Waiting

“And the runner-up is Theresa Wallace, for Camping at Mont Tremblant

“You can read these two stories in the Summer issue of Ottawa Magazine, which hits newsstands in early June.”

Waiting author Barbara Sibbald is an award-winning journalist, editor and novelist with two books: Regarding Wanda (shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Awards) and The Book of Love: Guidance in Affairs of the Heart. Her journalistic efforts have netted her the Canadian Association of Journalist’s Investigative Journalism Award and two citations for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism.