The Winners of the Second Story Press 2018 Indigenous Writing and Illustration Contest

Second Story Press has announced the winners of the 2018 Indigenous Writing and Illustration Contest, recognizing two authors and one illustrator. The co-winners for writing
are Jodie Callaghan, a Mìgmaq woman from Listuguj, Quebec, for her story The Train; and Michael
Hutchinson, a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for his story The
Case of Windy Lake. The winning illustrator is Niki Watts, a Cree artist who lives in Bella Coola,
British Columbia.

The Train by Jodie Callaghan is a picture book manuscript about a young girl who finds her uncle waiting by an abandoned train station where he was once taken away to a residential school. Michael Hutchinson’s middle grade manuscript The Case of Windy Lake is what the author describes as “an Indigenous Hardy Boys.” Niki Watts submitted a portfolio of illustrations mainly in pencil that realistically depict animals, nature and humans with great emotional depth.

The jury consisted of Second Story Press publisher Margie Wolfe; writer Jan Bourdeau Waboose, who is First Nation Anishinaabe and the author of The Spirit Trackers; and writer, speaker, and consultant Monique Gray Smith, who is of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish ancestry and is the author of Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation.

Congratulations to the three winners; we look forward to their upcoming projects to be published by Second Story Press.

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