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Love Letters Contest Winners


The Love Letters contest celebrates the Canadian paperback launch of Four Letter Word, a heart-wrenching collection of fictional love letters written by the finest authors from around the globe. Four Letter Word brings us 41 new love letters, many of them from Canada’s most beloved writers, including Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Douglas Coupland, Miriam Toews, David Bezmozgis, Joseph Boyden, and MG Vassanji — to name just a few.

And just in case you forgot, even though Four Letter Word has been published in eleven countries and translated into eight languages, it all started right here at The Walrus, with an innovative fiction series featured in the 2005 Summer Reading Issue, titled “Seven Love Letters,” and edited by former Walrus fiction editor Joshua Knelman. The Walrus has always been committed to publishing the most exciting new fiction in Canada.

The Walrus and Vintage Canada are pleased to announce the winners of the contest. Click on their names to view the letters:

  The Grand Prize goes to Jennifer Croll. For her charming letter, Ms Croll wins $1000 cash, a deluxe Deutsche Grammophon prize pack, a signed copy of Four Letter Word, and a one-year subscription to The Walrus magazine.

  In second place, winning a romantic weekend getaway for two, a Deutsche Grammophon prize pack, a signed copy of Four Letter Word, and a one-year subscription to The Walrus, is Richard Johnson.

  A Love Letter from Bigfoot, written by Graham Roumieu, is the special prize awarded to our third place winner, Risa Dickens. She will also receive a Deutsche Grammophon prize pack, a signed copy of Four Letter Word, and a one-year subscription to The Walrus.

  In fourth and fifth place we have Chris Kay Fraser and Sarah E Truman. Each will receive a Deutsche Grammophon prize pack, a signed copy of Four Letter Word, and a one-year subscription to The Walrus.

  Our runners up, Julian Smith, Jennifer L. Adams, Jina Moore, David Waltner-Toews, and Michael Van Osch, will each receive a Grammophon prize pack and a one-year subscription to The Walrus.

  We also have six winning entries composed by elementary school students from Brown Elementary School and the Boys Club and Just for Girls Club of Evangel Hall, free after-school programs for boys and girls aged 8-12, with a focus on arts and recreation. The winners are: Joshua Wade, Taylor MacDonald, Bella Hahn, Cassandra Choi, Kathleen Vieira and Ruby Lukach.

Thank you to all of those who submitted. Our judges admit they faced a difficult task in selecting the winners.

Submissions were judged by our hand-picked panel of love experts: Joshua Knelman, co-editor of Four Letter Word; Shelley Ambrose, co-publisher of The Walrus and Executive Director of The Walrus Foundation; Catherine Whiteside, Random House Canada publicist; and Jared Bland, managing editor of The Walrus.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the contest sponsors: Deutsche Grammophon and Vintage Canada.