Who Won Our Writing Contest?
Kurama Magazine's Writing Contest got responses from all over the world - including Africa, Europe, the USA and the Caribbean. In the end, Caribbean talent still prevailed.
There were so many strong entries that the judges decided to name two winners! Congratulations to Melissa Stamper and Janelle Mitchell, who will both have a column on Kurama Magazine and will receive a gift voucher from our sponsor Book Source.
Here are the submitted bios of our winners:
I am an islander living abroad with a love for languages and culture. A linguist true at heart, I have tried to integrate my Caribbean influence in my studies by studying several dialects of Caribbean English. Having finished my Master’s in English linguistics, I am currently working as a bookseller in The Hague, Netherlands. Besides being a fervent reader (yes I am that kind of person who will read just about anything, even the pun on a milk carton or a fortune cookie), I have a real passion for music and the arts in general. I would not call myself a foodie but you can seduce me with coffee anytime of the day. My dream is to combine the love of books and coffee in my own endeavour. When I’m not busy organizing events or activities for leisure, I try to unwind by doing Power yoga and water sports (if the water’s not too cold).
Janelle Mitchell is a creative, energetic, fun-loving and beautiful spirit of a woman. Committed to excellence and personal improvement, it is evident that higher learning is her motto. Holding an associate degree in mass communications and a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts in Creative Arts with Upper Second Class Honours focusing on theatre, her eyes are set in arts management as she completes her MA in Creative Arts. This occasional secret writer who desires to share her secrets through the art of words was recently the Editor of the fictional novel ‘Beyond Hope’ by iNDRANi. Her theatre career has been shaped over the past 5 years; she was actor, writer, director, stage manager and assistant costume mistress in 7 student plays at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination. The lens of the camera is quite interesting to her as she acted in a few student short films and once experimented briefly in the art of Photography for simple aesthetic pleasure. Janelle’s introduction into the arts some 20 years ago was through dance as a founding member of the Dancin' Africa children's group. The essence of her spirit is captured in her smile and life philosophy “Live and Love Life”.
Coming in second is Carlie Pipe, who we'd like to work with in the future. Check out her bio below:
What’s an industry career without an industry name? Fondly dubbed “Chuckie” by colleagues, Carlie Pipe obtained her BA in Communications and Professional Writing at York University, where she took courses in Creative and Technical Writing, Grammar, and other oh so nerdy writer-centred lessons. After graduating, she then started working as a copywriter and producer at a local advertising agency. There Carlie honed her skills on multiple communications pieces such as editorials, proposals, speeches, radio scripts, news releases, headlines, headlines and more headlines. She also had the opportunity to produce radio and TV commercials, as well as direct photo shoots for numerous clients.
Carlie is currently employed full time in marketing, co-owns an advertising studio, and writes for regional publications. She is a professional writer, an amateur distance runner, and a mediocre cook.
Kurama Magazine will publish the entries of our winners soon. Thanks once again to all of the talented writers who participated in the contest. You made this decision a very difficult one!