Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Congratulations to Kristy, Leslie, Marie, Brenda, and Karon!

If you’ve had a story (or a book!) published, if you’ve won or placed in a writing contest, if you’ve gotten yourself an agent, or if you have any other news, send me an email so I can share your success. And be sure to let know if you're looking for a writers' group or beta readers; a notice in Quick Brown Fox, will help you find them. 

Email me atbrianhenry@sympatico.ca


Hi, Brian.

I’d like to share that two of my novel entries into Canscaip’s Writing for Children Competition made it to the Short List of the YA category, and one of them, THE WILDWOODS, became a finalist. I started this series in one of your many classes I attended.

I wanted to thank you for providing a supportive place to begin writing, for the many sessions and workshops you presented that enabled me to learn and grow as a writer, and for the critical feedback you encouraged each member to bring to the group sessions. Writing is such a solitary, and sometimes lonely, endeavour. Having others to share the challenge, people who understand the highs and lows, the struggles and delights, has made for an exciting journey that never seems to end.

Thank you and take care,

Karon Young

Note: New classes begin in the new year, including a weekly Kid Lit course. Check them out here. Also, we have a one-day Kid Lit workshop coming up January 15. See here.


Hello, Brian.

I have created a website with a blog to promote my writings and those of my peers in the Wordsmiths group in Alliston. You may remember that you did some workshops for us pre-covid. Anyway, please take a look when you have a moment: writersblog.ca 

If you care to, you can mention my website as an opportunity to publish short stories and poems for your readers. I also welcome guest writers who wish to promote their published/self-published books or simply to see a poem or short story published.

Yours sincerely,

Brenda Short


Hello, Brian.

My children’s story “Grammy’s Mittens” about a girl dealing with the passing of her grandmother before Christmas has been published in Cloud Lake Literary’s Volume 3.

Check it out here.


Marie Prins



Hi, Brian:

The Writers Community of York Region hosts an annual writing contest. This year, my story “Renovations” placed Second in the Short Story Division. The theme of the contest this year was “From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary.”  This story will be published in the WCYR anthology No Ordinary Day in the spring of 2022. 

Thanks for your support Brian.

Leslie Johnstone


Hi, Brian.

I wanted to pass along a HUGE THANK YOU for helping me out with that horror short story, “Momster.” Commuterlit emailed me this morning and she has accepted it for publication! This is my first publishing credit (aside from annual reports lol) and what I've learned in class and your feedback is what helped me get it there, so thanks so much!

Have a wonderful day!


Read Kristy’s story here.

For information on submitting to CommuterLit, see here.


See Brian Henry’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.

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