Maureen Scott Harris wins Tasmanian writing prize
Toronto Poet and Essayist Maureen Scott Harris
Wins Tasmanian Writing Prize
Toronto, April 7, 2009….Pedlar Press is delighted to announce that Maureen Scott Harris is the 2009 winner of the WildCare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize. The prize is awarded every second year by WildCare, the largest and fastest growing incorporated environmental action group in Tasmania. Although the contest is open to international entries, 2009 marks the first time in the Prize’s history that it has been won by a non-Australian. Harris won for her essay on the Don River, titled Broken Mouth: Offerings for the Don River, Toronto.
The 2009 WildCare writing contest attracted more entries than ever before, with a record 140 submissions. Along with publication in an upcoming issue of Island Magazine, a Tasmanian journal focused on issues of social, environmental and cultural significance, Harris wins $5,000, roundtrip airfare to Tasmania and a two-week long residency in a Tasmanian National Park. While in residence, Harris will also lead a writers’ workshop. WildCare began the Nature Writing Prize in 2003 in an effort to encourage a better understanding of the special connections between the people and the wild places of Tasmania.
Maureen Scott Harris is a poet and essayist based in Toronto. Her first collection of poems, A Possible Landscape (Brick Books), was published in 1993. Her second collection, Drowning Lessons (Pedlar Press), was published in 2004 and that year won the Ontario Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Recent awards include The LBJ/Avian Life/Literary Arts Sparrow Prize for Prose, (2008), Second Prize in CV2′s Two-Day Poem Contest, (2007), First Prize in Prairie Fire’s Creative Non-Fiction Contest (2006), First Prize in Arc’s Annual Poem of the Year Contest (2002), Second Prize in Arc’s Annual Poem of the Year Contest (2001), and Second Prize in Grain Magazine’s Annual Short Grain Contest, Prose Poems (2000).