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The Judges for the 10-20 yr. old age category: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry

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The Judges for the 21 + yr. old age category: Fiction, Non-fiction

The Judge(s) for the Short Play Genre

RACHELLE EVES - ACTOR, MUSICIAN, WRITER

Rachelle, dedicated to the creative way of life., loves acting, playing music with the Ha’Loonies and writing in various genres. Rachelle found her arts home and fellow expressive folk at The Dundas County Players appearing in “Marion Bridge”,  “Pump Boys & Dinettes”, “Darling Judith” and Alexandria Haber’s “On This Day”. Her favorite writing experiences have always been about sharing, digging into texts and working through the process of revision with fellow writers. While living in Harrietfield, Scotland, she was once sitting scribbling scenes in the Drumtochty Tavern. She noticed another lady with pen and journal; thiis led to the formation of a writing group with Rachelle, Hazel Buchan Cameron and Patricia Ace. Later, she partnered with Moira Law and experimented with co-writing short fiction. Rachelle also writes songs. Her short stories “The Appointment” and “Weeding” appeared in the Foliate Oak Literary Magazine and The Avalon Literary Review. She is delighted to have the opportunity to read and dig into the writing at The Bunch of People and the McCloskey Project’s “Writing in 150” event. Rachelle loves her country life at Netherfield Farm with Paul, Winnie and Frodo.     

CINDY EDWARDS

Of Cajun heritage, Cindy was born to a time and place in East Texas where tall tales were both competitive and addictive.  She now lives in the riverside village of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec where she teaches  English Literature at John Abbott College.  Cindy loves ancient stories handed down from the oral tradition as well as contemporary storytelling events; since like food, drink,

dance and song, stories foster a sense of community.

The Judges for the Spoken Word/Slam Poetry 

SUZANNE MILLAIRE - ACTOR/SINGER

Suzanne is always ready to perform. Her love of the stage, be it acting, singing or stand-up, is evident. Improv comes naturally and her creativity is in constant abundance. She is also the 4th cousin of Mark Wahlberg :-)

TOM SCHOCH

Writing has always been a central part of Tom's career no matter where it took him and what mask he would wear. Whether it was his time as a television and radio host, as a reporter and photographer or while pursuing performance arts, the written word has been a vital building block for success. A great story can transcend any language or format. The written word gives it life. 

MURRAY BARKLEY – AUTHOR/HISTORIAN

Murray Barkley published his most recent book “Speaking of Avonmore Once Again” in 2017 as a sequel to his 2006 publication “Speaking of Avonmore”. A graduate of Queen's University with an Honours B.A. and M.A. in History, Murray taught at both Toronto and York universities and was research associate of Claude Bissell on the biography of Vincent Massey.  Murray has contributed scholarly articles to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Acadiensis, the Canadian Historical Review, the Loyalist Gazette, and others.  He wrote the Chapter on the War of 1812 in Allegiance: The Ontario Story in the Canadian Heirloom Series; and was an historical consultant on the CBC documentary television series "The Undaunted", which aired nation-wide on CBC, in 1983. Murray is also known as the proprietor “Barkley’s” store in Avonmore, which was his famliy’s business for 106 years.

The Judges for the Poetry Genre

SANDRA STEPHENSON / CZANDRA - POET

Since 2005, Sandra Stephenson has published poetry under the name Czandra  ( a name given to her by bill bissett). Sandra's chapbooks can be found on Amazon and Lulu. Credits  also include her writings in various anthologies published in Washington State, Nova Scotia and as far away as New Zealand  where some of her Tanka works have been published. She is a core reviewer for Haiku Canada and their online review HCShoHyoRan

The Judges for the Song Writing Genre

CORY M. COONS - MUSICIAN, SONGWRITER

Cory was named Best Rock Songwriter for “Long Road (Dead Man’s Dream)” and Best Americana Artist for “Once Too Many, Twice Not Enough” at the 2018 "Radio Music Awards" on The Indie Music Channel, as well as a "World Songwriting Awards Finalist" in 2019 for the single "Would You Stay". He also received International recognition in the "Male Single Of The Year" category for the song and was nominated for "Male Album Of The Year" at this year's 2019' "International Singer-Songwriter Association" (ISSA) Awards, and previously at the first annual "Ottawa Sound Music Awards" for "Rock Album Of The Year". Past Awards include the 2014' "Studio Album Of The Year" for his Independent E.p "Share A Little Time" at the "Producer's Choice Honors", (formerly Los Angeles Music Awards), and nominations for "Male Singer/Songwriter" and "Record Of The Year", along with "Rock Artist Of The Year" category for 2015 at the Los Angeles Music Awards (LAMA's). Two CMC songs have also been selected to appear in the soundtrack of the new Dream Cinema Productions Sci-Fi film "Night Mistress" currently in post- production in Los Angeles.