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Dorothy Shoemaker Awards

2018 Winners - Youth Prose

1st Place:  Ursus Arctos by Marja-Leena Kiik
2nd Place:  The Dent by Joyce Li
3rd Place:  The Watcher by Yenna Lee

2018 Winners - Adult Prose

1st Place:  Leaving by Anna-Marie Larsen
2nd Place:  One End by Adam Barry
3rd Place:  September Monarchs by Michelle Dietrich
Honourable Mention:  A Cup of Hot Tea by Frank Wu
Honourable Mention:  Eclipse by Jennifer Sloan Walker  
Honourable Mention:  Lost and Found by Kira Boles
Honourable Mention:  Monday Morning at the Fracture Clinic by Karin Goldberg

About the Dorothy Shoemaker Awards Contest
The Awards began in 1967 as a Centennial project, created by Dorothy Shoemaker, Kitchener Public Library's Chief Librarian from 1944 to 1971. In 1996, when government funding for the awards was eliminated, Ms. Shoemaker made a significant personal donation to ensure the awards would continue. In 2000, Ms. Shoemaker passed away at the age of 94; however, her legacy of support for aspiring writers continues today through her ongoing endowment. The contest is available to individuals living in Southwestern Ontario. 


About our 2018 Judge - Emily Urquart

Emily Urquhart

Emily Urquhart is a National Magazine Award-winning writer and has a PhD in folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her first book, Beyond the Pale: Folkore, Family and the Mystery of our Hidden Genes, was a MacLean’s bestseller, a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and a 2015 Globe and Mail Best Book. Her freelance writing has appeared in Hakai Magazine, Reader’s Digest and The Walrus among other publications. After a decade split between St. John’s Newfoundland and Victoria, British Columbia, she recently moved to Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and their two children.

Emily is also the host of our monthly podcast club, and a big part of our library community.


For more information, please contact:

Sheila Bauman
Events Planner
Kitchener Public Library
Tel: 519-743-0271 x254


Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation
Dorothy Shoemaker