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First Prize:
The Secret by Marsha Barber, Toronto, Ontario


18 Honourable Mention Awards
(in no particular order)

Avoiding the Rocks by Marsha Barber, Toronto, Ontario

Newborn by Kathryn Robertson, Kitchener, Ontario

Leaves in the Wind by Ed Woods, Dundas, Ontario

Bonding by Dorothy Stott, Gibsons, B.C.

The Questioner, Seductively Dressed by J.J. Steinfeld, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

If Night by Jason Featherstone, London, Ontario

We Make Love by Paulos Ioannou, Toronto, Ontario

First Kiss by Ronnie R. Brown, Ottawa, Ontario

My Younger Self by Kathryn Edgecombe, Hanover, Ontario

Antiques by Claire Bunnik, Pefferlaw, Ontario

Dreams of Lovers Past by Tharani Balachandran, Hamilton, Ontario

Vis-á-vis by Lola Lyn Panetta, Vernon, B.C.

Always Yours by Lucy Santelli, Toronto, Ontario

Separation by Michael B. Carver, Pembroke, Ontario

Undertow by Gill Foss, Carp, Ontario

Sing to a Dying Parent by Aditya Malhotra, Kanata, Ontario

Ice to Water by Patricia Smekal, Victoria, B.C.

Loss of Heart by Patricia Smekal, Victoria, B.C.


The First Prize winner's Charity of Choice is The Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Special thanks to our Judge, Wendy Jean MacLean. She carefully read and re-read all 285 poems before selecting all the winners.