Thursday, November 3, 2022

Kudos to Ellen, Sue, Nadja, and Helen!

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. As writers, we’re all in this together, and your good news gives us all a boost. 

Also, 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 at:


Evening, Brian.

You had asked me to let you know when my story you saw in the Friday morning class and  published in Scottish Studies was available online, so here is the link.:

Hope you can just click on it, 'cause I sure as heck wouldn't want to have to enter it.  Just a warning – the story is about 5,000 words so if you are going to read it, make sure you are in a comfy chair.

Take care,

Helen Patterson

For information about upcoming classes, see here.


Hi, Brian.

I hope my email finds you in good health and spirits!

I wanted to share my newest essay with you, published by CBC. 

My thanks goes to CBC and the wonderful editor Tamara Baluja, but also to my host mom Karen who after reading my TIME Magazine essay about my mom, said: "Maybe the next one should be about your dad" and thus, lit the spark. 

Peace & love to all,

Nadja Halibegovich

For information on submitting a First Person piece to the CBC, see here.


Hi, Brian.

I’m so happy to inform you that my short story, “Windows on the World,” about 9/11 - placed first in the Memoir Category, in the Canadian Legion Seniors Literary Contest.

I presented this story to our Intensive Writing Group and everyone’s suggestions kept making it better and better.

Sue Kelly


Hi, Brian.

I’ve received two honorable mentions for entries in the Royal Canadian Legion District E Seniors Literary Competition, thanks to you and your groups!

My honourable mentions were for fiction (based on a piece you and a wonderful Intensive class helped me with) and for an essay, not workshopped, about my reflections these days on my December, 2004 experiences as a member of Canada's group of election observers in Ukraine during the Orange Revolution.

They have set their dates for 2023: competition opens Feb. 14, deadline April 30. In 2022, categories were essay, memoir, short story, and poetry.

I believe it's open to anyone 55 or older in Ontario. I'm sure one needn't have any personal Legion ties.

Meanwhile, I'm continuing to edit my memoir, making definite progress, too slowly. These honourable mentions have boosted my confidence, and they would not have happened without all I've learned from you and from my fellow participants in your groups – thank you so much!

And happy birthday! {My birthday was Oct 15 –Brian}

My best,

Ellen Michelson

Note: Contact details for the 2023 contest are the same as for 2022 year:

Forward your electronic entry to: 


If using  be sure to include the letter 'e' after district.

I look forward to hearing from you and reading your entries again this year.

 Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 Good luck everyone.

 Betty-Jean Murray

Seniors Literary Chairman
Branch 270 Coldwater


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