Stir-fry wait inspired winning story

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62nd annual Arts and Letters awards handed out

Inspiration to write can come when you least expect it; even when you're waiting in line for your lunch.

Chad Pelley

Writer Chad Pelley was one of 63 Newfoundland and Labrador residents honoured by the provincial government in St. John's Saturday night as winners of the 62nd annual Arts and Letters Awards, for his story, "Jenny on the Run."

"It's a slightly racy and fast-paced story about two high school girls, Tara and Jenny, who dropped out of Grade 12 to see the world with their slightly older dope dealer," Pelley said. "The three of them run scams to get by, until one of them goes horribly wrong and Tara dies. 

"I got the idea from that little Coffee News one-sheet paper while I was waiting for my stir-fry at WokBox. There was a story of a man who tucked himself in a suitcase to get into a luggage undercarry and loot stuff from other passengers. That sounded too good not to use, so it's the same scam they try and pull in my story, but it doesn't go well."

The province received more than 600 submissions for this year's Arts and Letters Awards, which were handed out at The Rooms in categories of literary arts (poetry, short fiction, non-fictional prose, dramatic script, French writing, first novel), music, visual arts and digital multimedia, in both junior and senior categories. Submissions are judged blindly by independent adjudicators, and a written critique is provided to each entrant.

The awards are aimed at stimulating creative talent in the province.

See full story in The Telegram Monday.

Organizations: Coffee News, The Rooms

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's

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