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Random House Creative Writing Award

The School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program along with Random House of Canada are pleased to announce the results of the Random House of Canada 2011-2012 Creative Writing Award. Congratulations to Lana Pesch, who is the winner of this year’s award for her short story Let Me Call You Lovely, and to the two finalists, Robert Delaney, for Route 1 to China, and Derek Mascarenhas, for So Far Away.

This year’s winning entry was chosen from among the eighty works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry submitted by students enrolled in the School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program over the past year. Let Me Call You Lovely is “a fantastic achievement and a sign of great things to come from Lana Pesch,” says writer Grace O’Connell, who is one of the competition’s judges. “[It is] a story of striving and longing crafted in remarkably assured prose and full of unexpected and wonderfully bizarre detail.”

Begun in 2002, the Creative Writing Award has been presented annually to exceptional writers enrolled in the School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program.  Through a generous endowment by Random House of Canada, the award is meant to foster the development of Canadian writing while honouring the achievements of students at the School.

This year’s winner was awarded a cash prize of $1000, and all three stories will be published in a chapbook by Random House.