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Dorothy Shoemaker Awards

Podcast Studio

Do you have a story to tell? Are you - or perhaps you and your friends - interested in doing podcast?

In our inaugural Dorothy Shoemaker Podcast Competition, we invite you to submit original work (5 - 20 minutes in length) for a chance to win a top prize of $1500 and a runner-up prize of $500!

The contest opens Monday, January 13. Podcast submissions will be accepted through Saturday, February 29.

Record your podcast at the library!

Do you have a great idea for a podcast, but don't have the proper equipment or a place to record? You can record your podcast in one of our recording studios! Visit Heffner Studio to learn how.

About the Judge

David T. Harmes, CD, PhD, is a Professor of Public Relations in Conestoga College’s School of Business, a Primary Reserve Army Officer with 20 years of service in the Canadian Forces, and co-founder of The Midtown Radio Project, a City of Kitchener-supported community-building initiative. His interest in digital radio stems from similar work on overseas operations where media and cultural events were used to bring people together. David’s current activities include: father, partner, leader, teacher, mentor, manager, and chief dishwasher.

About the Dorothy Shoemaker Awards

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.

For more information, please contact:

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


Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation
Dorothy Shoemaker