A 39th opportunity to celebrate the succession

Une 39e occasion de célébrer la relève

Three-Rivers — The Society of writers of the Mauricie region, launches its season of activities with the 39th Prize-Clement Merchant that rewards the voices emerging from the regional literature. At the dawn of the 40th edition that is already promising to be special this year, however, will reward two participants, the texts of which have impressed the jury. The grand prize winner will be awarded a $ 1,000 scholarship offered by Culture Shawinigan in addition to see his text published in the review of The Bulwark. In addition, the mention of the jury will allow the author of the text selected to win a $500 scholarship.

In order to leave all the place for the writers become professional writers are excluded from the contest, and anyone who has self-published author with ISBN. Only one proposal per entrant is permitted and must be sent by e-mail at semprixclementmarchand@gmail.com on or before April 30. The texts will be submitted to the jury, made up of three people from the arts community, under a pseudonym.

No theme is imposed, but the prose should be no more than 2000 words, while poetry should be limited to 12 pages.

Good year, bad year, fifty participants are trying their luck to get this recognition, which has already highlighted the talent of Fred Pellerin, Monique Juteau and Anne-Marie Couturier, among others. This year, an offensive was launched to appeal to the aspiring writers in the Centre-du-Québec which, hopefully, will increase the number of participants. In this line of thinking, Ariane Gélinas and Maureen Martineau were chosen as godmothers, in order to spread the competition in the Mauricie region but also in the south of the St. Lawrence river. Moreover, last year’s winner, Mary Lou Cormier, live on the south shore which makes it an example of a choice to encourage the participation of this region.

In addition to the competition, the Society of writers of the Mauricie region, is organising a Lunchtime literary which are held once per month and a round table on children’s literature, which will be held on the occasion of the book fair.

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