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Winners – Surrey Muse Art & Literature Awards 2022

Surrey Muse Arts Society congratulates the 2022 winners of the five Surrey Muse Art & Literature Awards, and wishes each a resounding success in achieving next levels of creativity and recognition. The quality of submissions was high this first year making it a tough competition in each area.

Joy Kogawa Award for Fiction 2022

1st Place Winner
Nightshade’ by Lynn Hutchinson Lee, Toronto ON
2nd Place Winner
The Stoner Files’ by Cynthis Sharp, Vancouver BC
3rd Place Winner
White Snow and Seven Dreams’ by Melissa Yuan-Innes, North Lancaster ON
Honorable Mentions
‘We are not Seahorses’ by K.R. Byggdin, Halifax NS
‘Watching the Swans’ by Lucy E.M. Black, Port Perry ON
‘The Boy’ by Samantha Krilow, Surrey BC

For the Joy Kogawa Award for Fiction, we are grateful to Judge Cathleen With, Jury Members Hannah McReady and Fauzia Rafique, and, Author Joy Kogawa for giving us permission to dedicate this award to her.


Faith Nolan Award for Music 2022

1st Place Winner
Entry4 (Boring People 3:32, Cry Like A Flood 3:11) by Ben Sures, Edmonton AB
2nd Place Winner
Entry18 (Trippin’ 7:06) by Myrtle Thomas, Montréal QC
3rd Place Winner
Entry5 (Adam: What I learned at School 7:53) by Janel Rae, Toronto ON
Honorable Mentions
Entry9 (Late Bloomer 3:13, Side of Small Town 2:54, Like You Mean It 3:39) by Hayley Verrall, Burlington ON
Entry7 (Answer me 3:25, Nellie 1:21, Hooks: 4:66) by Janel Rae, Toronto ON
Entry14 (1-800-Just-Don’t 2:56, Was I ever a kid? 2:40) by Terez Goulet, Calgary AB 

For the Faith Nolan Award for Music, we are grateful to Judge Sandy Scofield, Jury Members Kat Wahama and Jovian Radheshwar, and, Singer/Songwriter Faith Nolan for allowing us to dedicate the music award to her.


Susan Crean Award for Nonfiction 2022

1st Place Winner
‘My Mother’s Ghost’ by Claire Lawrence, Port Moody BC
2nd Place Winner
‘In the Ethiopian Context: Two Excerpts from a Memoir’ by Marian Dodds, Vancouver BC
3rd Place Winner
‘From an Old Hen With Plenty of Clucks Left to Give’ by Dorothy Palmer, Burlington ON
Honorable Mentions
‘A Letter for Lisa’ by Veronika Gorlova, Vancouver BC
‘A Sexy Crip Manifesto’ by Seeley Quest, Halifax NS
‘My Rebellious Feet’ by Diary Marif, Vancouver BC

For the Susan Crean Award for Nonfiction, we are grateful to Judge Myrna Kostash, Jury Members Hebert Poll Gutierrez and SheLa-Nefertiti Morrison, and, Author Susan Crean for giving us permission to dedicate the nonfiction award to her.


Vera Manuel Award for Poetry 2022

1st Place Winner
‘Beneath the earth (When I say bend, hey, it’s just me) by Hari Alluri, New Westminster BC
2nd Place Winner
‘my hand on the altar’ (my hand on the altar) by Cynthia Sharp, Vancouver BC
3rd Place Winner
‘Digressions from a Name’ (Digression from a name) by Kyle Mckillop, Langley BC
Honorable Mentions
‘poetry submission’ (Faces Like Ours) by Hya Sheikh, Scarborough ON
‘Iney’ (Iney) by Eimear Laffan, Nelson BC
‘bare and other poems’ (i tried to write a love poem) by Franz Seachel, Vancouver BC

For the Vera Manuel Award for Poetry, we are grateful to Judge Cecily Nicholson, Jury Member Malcolm Van Delst, and, the family of Vera Manuel for allowing us to dedicate this award to her.


Norval Morrisseau Award for Visual Arts 2022

1st Place Winner
Entry 20 by Sena Cleave, Vancouver BC
2nd Place Winner
Entry 22 by Kenzie Housego, Calgary AB
3rd Place Winner
Entry 10 by Omokanye Adetona, Toronto ON
Honorable Mentions
Entry 27 by Tamar Haytayan, Vancouver BC
Entry 3 by Elyse Longair, Kingston ON
Entry 17 by Henritta Hall, Ottawa ON

For the Norval Morrisseau Award for Visual Arts, we are grateful to Judge Liz Toohey-Wiese, Jury Members Heidi McKenzie and Mariam Zohra D, and, the Estate of Norval Morrisseau for honoring us with the permission to dedicate this award to him.


The six winning entries of each award are based on a longlist of 18 or less submissions containing the three ‘6 Best’ entries chosen independently by the judge and jury members as they viewed anonymous submissions. The choices were based on the evaluation of skill/style/technique, theme/subject, ingenuity, social awareness, and enjoyability/pleasure.

The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 26 in Surrey, British Columbia. The event will feature readings and presentations by the five first place winners of Surrey Muse Art & Literature Awards 2022, discussions, and Q&A. Out of town winners will present via Skype. More information about the event will be made available soon.

Surrey Muse Arts Society is grateful to the over 300 poets, writers, artists and musicians who sent submissions to the five awards, to our peers in arts organizations across Canada for their support to our outreach effort, to the featured presenters of Surrey Muse Readig Series who made cash contributions earlier this year, to the Arts Across Canada program of the Canada Council for the Arts for funding this project, and to the Cultural Grants program at the City of Surrey for their ongoing support to our contributions.

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