Island Literary Awards

33rd annual event held in its first ever virtual format

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The PEI Writers’ Guild (PEIWG)celebrated local writers on June 6 with the Island Literary Awards and the PEI Book Award ceremonies, which honoured nominees, winners, and special guests from the comfort of their own homes. New this year were video segments of winning readings and special introductions which can be viewed on  PEIWG’s new YouTube channel.

During the Royalty Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People, poet laureate of PEI, Julie Pellissier-Lush and PEIWG executive director, Mo Duffy Cobb announced the winners of four awards for creative writing.

In the early elementary category, the winner was Ben Bowman (1st).

In the late elementary category, winners were Sam Bowman (1st), Juliette Martinez-Kydd (2nd), Elle Flick (3rd), Lauren Elizabeth Graham (HM), Alyson Scott (HM).

In the junior high category, the winners were Eleena Lunn (1st), Jordan Dingwell (2nd), Vy Nguyen Tran (3rd), Khai Phan (HM), Sheamus Herlihy (HM).

In the senior high category, the winners were Arielle Dunn (1st), Arielle Dunn (2nd), Megan Gallant (3rd), Marley Lucas (HM).

Queen Charlotte Intermediate was again recognized as the school with the most entries, thanks to the dedication of teacher-librarian, Allison Giggey.

During the 2020 Island Literary Awards, emcees Mo Duffy Cobb, Christine Gordon Manley and Mark Belfry announced winners in four categories: poetry, short story, children’s writing, and creative non-fiction.

Confederation Court Mall Merchants Association Poetry Award winners were Emily Browning (1st), Kelly Kieran Sampson (2nd), Emily Cann (3rd), Megan Gallant (HM), Nick vanOuwerkerk (HM).

The Maritime Electric Short Story Award winners were Chris Wilson (1st), Katie MacDonald (2nd), Jennifer Platts-Fanning (3rd).

The winners of the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Literature for Children Awards were Hannah Stiff (1st), Ian Stretch (2nd), Eric Leamont (3rd), Jessica Mutch (HM), Gretha Rose (HM).

This year, the Creative Non-Fiction (CNF) Awards were sponsored by a group of individuals and businesses who came together to support the PEIWG. The winners were Ivy Wigmore (1st), Samantha Desjardins Joyce (2nd), Mark Enman (3rd), Kelly Kieran Sampson (HM), Matthew Sherman (HM).

Additional awards honouring extensive contribution to the literary arts were presented to: Gillian Mahen, The Champion of Reading Award; Monika Stewart, UPEI Réshard Gool Award; Richard Pellissier-Lush, Marie Coyoteblanc Award for Indigenous Writing; Dan and Marlene MacDonald, Joseph Sherman Award; and Rob MacLean and Melissa Mullen,  Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts of PEI Award.

“Thanks to all of the businesses, groups and individuals who sponsor the Island Literary Awards,” says executive director Mo Duffy Cobb, “We couldn’t do it without them.”

The PEI Book Awards, presented by PEI Public Library Service and Innovation PEI, were also celebrated this year, which marks special distinctions in publication of books by PEI authors, editors and creators.

The winners were: Gregor Samsa Was Never in the Beatles by J.J. Steinfeld (fiction); Mammals of Prince Edward Island by Rosemary Curley, Pierre-Yves Daoust, Kim Riehl, Donald McAlpine, and J. Dan McAskill (non-fiction); Jeopardy by Richard Lemm (poetry); and Rika’s Shepherd by Orysia Dawydiak (children’s literature).

The Island Literary Awards are held every spring. Info:,

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