Northwords literary awards announced

A Fort Smith teenager has won first prize in the 2017 Northwords short writing contest sponsored by the Down to Earth Gallery in Yellowknife.

14-year-old Ameile Aubry-Smith will collect the five hundred dollar prize for her fictional story entitled “Water Flows North” about a troubled youth who finds answers during a terrifying swim through white water rapids. 

Reliance resident Libby Whitall-Catling took second place and picked up 250 dollars for her non-faction story called “My Sweat Lodge Prayers.”

 It is about a non-aboriginal woman’s transformative experience when she is invited to participate in a traditional ceremony.

 Both authors will have their stories published in the spring issue of Above and Beyond magazine.

 A special youth prize is being awarded to Anna Seagrave of Yellowknife. She will receive 50 dollars and receive professional mentoring for her tale called “First Hunt” – about an excursion near Paulatuk.

 Her story will be published in the spring on the Northwords webpage.


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