Five winning arts and letters entries hailed from western Newfoundland

Gary Kean
Published on May 5, 2014

There are five western Newfoundland residents among the winners of the 2014 Arts and Letters Awards Program.

The winners were announced at a ceremony at The Rooms in St. John’s this past weekend.

Douglas Walbourne Gough  from Corner Brook was one of the four winners of $1,000 prizes in the senior poetry category. His work, titled “Weight,” was one of 83 entries in the category.

Clayton Hare of Corner Brook also won a prize worth $1,000 for his work “Through the Wormhole,” which was one of the two winners selected from 14 entries in the senior dramatic script category.

Cloe Briand from Lourdes, Jade Cutler of Burgeo and Simon Tibbo from Corner Brook were three of the eight junior poets selected from a field of 111 to win prizes valued at $350. Briand’s poem was called “Depression,” while Cutler penned a poem called “The Scrapbook” and Tibbo’s winning entry was called “A Letter from Grandpa.”

The event’s top prize, the Percy Janes First Novel Award valued at $2,500, was awarded to Susan Sinnott of St. John’s for her manuscript titled “Just Like Always.”

"The provincial government recognizes the important role our many creative and talented visual, music and literary artists play in the continued development and sustainability of our cultural industries,” Tourism, Culture and Recreation Minister Sandy Collins, said in a media release announcing all the winners Monday.

A total of $44,000 in prizes was awarded in the fields of literary arts — including French, music, visual arts and digital multi-media. In the junior division, there were 30 winning entrants aged 12 to 18 and, in the senior division, there were 32 winning entrants.

In total, 664 entries were submitted.

“This year, like every year, we're reminded of just how much talent there is in the province in the literary, musical and visual arts, as well as, now, digital media,” Paul Butler, the Arts and Letters Program’s chairperson, said in the same press release. “These awards play a genuine role in encouraging artists — youth and adult, emerging and established — and challenging them to create to the very best of their abilities. The Arts and Letters Awards remains a tribute to our collective belief in the inherent value of the arts.”

For a complete list of winners and to see their work, click here.