Local writers, get ready for the Annual ‘Writing in 150’ competition, March 27

Participants in the 2019 edition of ‘Writing in 150.’

SOUTH STORMONT — A Bunch of People Arts and Events is set to host the Annual Writing in 150 writing competition later this month.

“This is our 3rd year and it is going to be exciting!” exclaims Amanda Burger, president of the South Stormont-based organization. “This year, we are teaming up with Perch magazine in Cornwall. Not only will our traditional collection of works in book form be released in the late summer, but readers will be able to access the 1st place winners on Perch Magazine’s online platform.”

Scheduled March 27th, Writing in 150 is so named because the competitors have 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) to write based on a theme given to them that day. Six writing genres are involved: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Short Play, Spoken Word/Slam Poetry and Song writing. Fast-paced and creative, the competition will be judged by a line-up of experienced locals including Rachelle Eves (Short Play), Tom Schoch (Fiction and Non-Fiction), Dylan Roberts (Song writing), and Suzanne Millaire (Spoken word).

Tony Glen, winner of the first year’s song writing genre, said, “I think we were all surprised what we could achieve in 150 minutes. Having a deadline like that really energizes the creative spirit. Everybody has something important to say; this event gave us license to express ourselves in a supportive environment.”

In the video below, participants in the 2019 Writing in 150 event show what they’ve created after 150 minutes of effort.

In 2019, the competition took place at McCloskey’s in Chesterville where everyone created their pieces at the same time; the song and spoken word pieces were judged on-site and the other written pieces were presented by the authors. At the time, the public could attend the performances. But with the pandemic, each person works from home and submits their work online. The event will start at 11 am, with judging beginning at 1:30 pm. The spoken word and song entrants will record their performances and upload them to the cloud for viewing by the judges. The written pieces will be emailed in. Again this year, 1st and 2nd place winners will be published in a book of their written work. The 1st place winners will be posted online with Perch magazine as well.

“Spots are filling up fast and we really want to have more Song writers and Slam poets enter. We are hoping Amanda Gorman’s performance at the US inauguration will inspire people to enter!”

Last year’s winners were all published in a book entitled Writings during a Pandemic by Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Publishing Inc. “The book is a real success,” says Burger. “We always sell well with many bought as Christmas stocking stuffers!”

Competitors pay a $25 entry fee.

Jen Pretty a 1st place winner of the 2020 Fiction Category. Courtesy photo

Headquartered in South Stormont Township, Ontario, A Bunch of People Arts & Events is a Not-for-Profit Corporation that works with professional and amateur writers, musicians, actors and visual artists.  It raises money for local charities — all profits included — by producing fun, artist events and entertainment.

Perch magazine is an independent magazine that tells the stories of the people who live, work, and play in Cornwall, Akwesasne, and the SDG Counties.

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