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Monday, January 30, 2012

Kayt Burgess wins 3-Day Novel contest

Kayt Burgess

Kayt Burgess
Announcing the winner of the 34th International 3-Day Novel contest

Grand prize winner: Heidegger Stairwell by Kayt Burgess of Aurora,  Ontario

About the Author

Kayt Burgess is a writer, artist, opera singer and musician. She studied classical music at the University of Western Ontario and earned her Master’s degree in creative writing from Bath Spa University in the UK. Kayt was born in Manitouwadge, Ontario, grew up in Elliot Lake and now lives near Toronto after stints in New Zealand, England and Scotland.Heidegger Stairwell is her first novel. It will be released by 3-Day Books in September 2012.

About the Book

Music journalist Evan Strocker has almost finished a memoir chronicling his time with Heidegger Stairwell, an indie-rock legend from small-town Ontario whose members he has known his whole life. But the band thinks he’s left a little too much of himself on the page—allowing his experiences as a transgender man and his complicated romance with the lead guitarist eclipse the story of the group’s dramatic rise and fall. Through graphic notes and colourful marginalia, the musicians weigh in on their friend’s version of the truth, and fight to put their own testimony on the record. As Strocker’s manuscript finally comes together, both band and writer are forced to face a shocking new event that will once again change their fortunes.

Second prize winner: Street Dogs by Brandon Hobson
Brandon Hobson is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing atOklahoma State University. His fiction has appeared in NOONNew York TyrantPuerto del SolNarrative MagazineWeb Conjunctionsand elsewhere. He lives in Hennessey, Oklahoma, with his wife and son.
Third prize winner: She felt like velvet by Karen Cressman
Karen Cressman is a marketing writer with a fascination for all things Alice In Wonderland. She is currently developing three novels-in-progress and, of course, dreaming up plots for the next 3-Day Novel Contest. She lives with her husband in Brampton, Ontario.
Our Top-10 Runners-Up

  • Full Moon Rules by Lenore Butcher of Woodstock, Ontario
  • Alice’s Adventures Through a Very Big Mirror by Victoria Dunn of Ottawa, Ontario
  • Darius to the Max by Cathi Radner Castrio of Argyle, New York
  • Not by Terry Leeder of Oakville, Ontario
  • Rounds Down Range by J.L. Myer of Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Half of No by Kari Pilgrim of Brooklyn, New York
  • Happily Destroyed by Evan Purcell of Bullhead City, Arizona
  • Deadfall by Rachel Slansky of San Francisco, California
  • Lords of Ironfire by Rudy Thauberger of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Banquet of Consequences by Anderson Todd of Toronto, Ontario

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