We had a banner year for entries to our annual riddle fence contests… now, we can finally reveal the winners! Check out the profiles of all our winners and honourable mentions in each category here — and don’t forget to check out their work, now appearing in issue #46.
WINNER: LAUREN VANDENBROOK, METASTASIS + MERCY
HONOURABLE MENTION: CINDY FITZGERALD, THE RISING PHOENIX
Lauren Vandenbrook is a multidisciplinary artist working on all sides of the camera. Her photographic work has appeared in major publications throughout Canada, and her directorial work has screened across North America & Europe. She holds a BFA from York University, and has enthusiastically chosen St. John’s as her home.
Cindy Fitzgerald has explored many aspects of Art, but has always seen it as more than creating something. It is a place where she could go and feel connected to something bigger than herself. She has been exploring fibre arts since 2018, her focus being recreating nature, folklore, and magical art through intuitive guidance. Her goal is to initiate the flame of creativity that exists in everyone. Cindy resides in Torbay, Nl, but her heart will remain forever in her hometown Coachman’s Cove, NL
Photo: Scott Humber Photography
WINNER: DOUGLAS WALBOURNE-GOUGH, HOW DO I SAY THIS?
HONOURABLE MENTION: JENNIFER MAY NEWHOOK, BLOOD MOON BOYS
Douglas Walbourne-Gough is a mixed/adopted member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation from Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. His first collection, Crow Gulch, won the 2021 E. J. Pratt Poetry Award, and he’s now finishing his second collection, Island, which explores the Newfoundland Mi’kmaq experience in the wake of the Qalipu enrolment process.
Jennifer May Newhook writes short- and long-form fiction as well as poetry. Currently seeking homes for her recently completed first novel, The Gulch, and her first poetry collection, Dark Hole River. Jennifer lives in downtown St. John’s with her partner and their four children.
WINNER: SARA MANG, KIJIJI BFF
HONOURABLE MENTION: SABRINA PINKSEN, WATER TESTAMENTS
Sara Mang is a storyteller from Labrador whose debut collection of short fiction, Art of Camouflage, is forthcoming in 2024 with Freehand Books. In 2022, Sara was a finalist for the RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award and a nominee for a National Magazine Award in the fiction category. Her short fiction was the winner of The Malahat Review’s 2022 Open Season Award and a finalist for The Toronto Star Short Story Award. Sara lives in Ottawa with her husband, three children and coonhound.
Photo: Claire Power
Sabrina Pinksen is a writer and painter from Wild Cove, White Bay. Her poetry won the Arts and Letters Award (2022), and her work has appeared in the Newfoundland Quarterly and Riddle Fence. She is a creative writing MFA student at the University of Guelph.