A story inspired by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip has come out on top in the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s (WANL) 2nd annual postcard story contest.
“My story was inspired by the Tragically Hip song, ‘Pigeon Camera,’ explained Matthew Lewis in a written statement. Lewis was unable to attend the announcement Wednesday, as he’s working on the Northern Peninsula.
“Where is the Pigeon Camera,” Lewis’s winning piece, was deemed by judges Lisa Moore and Ted Blades to be “simply the best of the bunch, a freeze frame exploration of a young moment in time, drenched in blood, attraction and possibility.”
Entrants in the contest, which was presented by WANL in connection with the Newfoundland Quarterly and Rocket Bakery, were required to create a story of 250 words or less, containing the word “rocket.”
This year’s runners-up were Suzanne Fitzpatrick for her story, “History,” and Holly Rose, for “Last Shot.”
All three of the finalists are published in the summer issue of the Newfoundland Quarterly, which was launched Wednesday evening. Lewis will receive $250 cash and a $100 gift certificate from the bakery.
Anthony Brenton was given an honourable mention for his story, “Lunch.”
“In this, the second year of the contest, the uptake was great,” said Alison Dyer, executive director of WANL, noting the alliance had received an increase in submissions of more than 30 per cent.
“This is a fun yet challenging contest open to residents of the province, (and) it shines a light on new talent and provides new opportunities for these capable writers.”