Northern writers win writing contest

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NorthWords NWT have announced the 2017 Great Northern Writing Contest winners.

After 53 entries from across the territory, Amélie Aubrey-Smith and Libby Whittall-Catling have finished in first and second-place.

Aubrey-Smith, 14, walks away with the first-place prize of $500. The Fort Smith-native won the award for her fictional entry, ‘Water Flows North’ – about a “troubled youth who finds answers during a terrifying swim through white water rapids.

Whittall-Catling has won the second-place prize of $250. The Fort Reliance-resident won for her non-fiction story, ‘My Sweat Lodge Prayers’ – about a “non-aboriginal woman’s transformative experience when she is invited to participate in a traditional ceremony.

Both stories will be published in the spring issue of Above and Beyond magazine.

Anna Seagrave of Yellowknife won a Special Youth Prize of $50. She will have her story, ‘First Hunt’, published this spring on NorthWords’ web page.

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