There were more than 6,000 entries to the 2009 CBC Literary Awards in both French and English. In the three award categories (poetry, short story creative nonfiction), only 80 finalists were selected. Just one of those finalists is from this province.
Writer Jeff Rose-Martland is not an unknown name in the local literary community. He has received acknowledgment for his writing abilities at the provincial level - named the second place winner in the Dramatic Script category of the 1999 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters contest for "Killing Time" and the 2005 winner of the Percy Janes First Novel Award for "Game Misconduct."
Unlike the provincial accolades, however, the CBC Literary Awards bring with them direct national and international exposure.
There is a $6,000 cash award for first place winners, but also guaranteed publication in EnRoute magazine and a CBC radio recording/podcast of the piece.
A $4,000 award will go to second place winners.
Rose-Martland is nominated in the creative non-fiction category, with "First Call Resolution." The story was inspired by his experiences as a call centre agent, he said.
"I am actually trying to send a message in this, which is kind of rare for me," Rose-Martland told The Tele-gram last week.
"There's a lot of disrespect that the general public have for call centre agents," he said.
The story, said Rose-Martland, is an attempt to remedy that. "I want the reader to get inside the head of call centre employees," he said.
While Rose-Martland is proud of his work, the writer said he was aware of the profile of the awards competition and the number of entries submitted. Being named a finalist was a pleasant surprise.
"To be honest, I was quite amazed," he said.
Rose-Martland will find out whether or not he gets to take home one of the top prizes when the English-language award winners are announced April 18.
"All I Can Say" by Marion Agnew (Thunder Bay, Ont.)
"Are We Listening?" by Maggie De Vries (Vancouver, B.C.)
"Buy Bentson!" by Thomas Maynard (Vancouver, B.C.)
"Critical Theory and International Relations" by Thomas Maynard (Vancouver, B.C.)
"First Call Resolution" by Jeff Rose-Martland (St. John's, N.L.)
"Fishing For The Moon" by John Blair (Toronto, Ont.)
"Flat Champagne" by Lenore Rowntree (Vancouver, B.C.)
"Getting to Know a Hero" by David Swanson (Gabriola Island, B.C.)
"How to Have a Delightful Home Death" by Teri Leah Armitage (Toronto, Ont.)
"I Am The Tourist of My Childhood" by Tanya Marquardt (Vancouver, B.C.)
"Instow" by Jennifer Capes (Nepean, Ont.)
"Lessons From a Nude Man" by Donna Besel (Lac du Bonnet, M.B.)
"Love Amid the Crows" by Gordon Smedley (Vancouver, B.C.)
"Manpower" by Elise Partridge (Vancouver, B.C.)
"Mill Guy" by Leslie Henderson (Sechelt, B.C.)
"Paris Notebook" by Rishma Dunlop (Toronto, Ont.)
"Quick-quick. Slow. Slow." by Sarah de Leeuw (Prince George, B.C.)
"Sputnik's Child" by Terri Favro (Toronto, Ont.)
"Strangers to the Boy" by Ted Beaton (Oro Station, Ont.)
"Survivors on the Ocean Floor" by Paul Klassen (Winnipeg, M.B.)
"The Other Side of Here" by Cathie Borrie (North Vancouver, B.C.)
"The Rise" by Marian Botsford Fraser (Toronto, Ont.)
"This is Bread" by Leslie Hall Pinder (Vancouver, B.C.)
"Who Designed This Thing Anyway?" by Matt Sturrock (London, U.K.)
"Winding Sheet" by Eve Joseph (Brentwood Bay, B.C.)
"You Are Here" by Jason Emde (Gifu-shi, Japan)
Other categories in the CBC Literary Awards are poetry, with 26 finalists, and short story (fiction) with 28 finalists. No nominees in either of these categories were attributed to this province.
Source: CBC Literary Awards