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2016 Fooshee and Dennis Prize Winners

Posted by Mary Beth MacIsaac on April 14, 2016 in News

Congratulations to this year's Fooshee and Dennis Prize Winners!

Born in Colchester County Nova Scotia, William Henry Dennis entered the work force as an apprentice printer in Halifax, and went on to become the publisher of the Halifax Herald in 1920.  Upon his death in 1954, W.H. Dennis left Dalhousie University funding to recognize two early Nova Scotian writers:  Joseph Howe and James De Mille.  The Chronicle Herald continues this tradition with an annual donation to fund the prizes.  This year’s winners of the W.H. Dennis Memorial Prizes for Literary Composition are:

Joseph Howe Poetry Prizes:
            First Place: Danen Poley for “After the Fall: A ‘Don Juan Fracture’”
            Second Place: Allana Dalrymple for “Gone But Not Forgotten

James DeMille Short Story Prize: Colleen MacDonald for “All That’s Left

James DeMille Essay Prize: Hannah Ascough for “Breaking Away From Expectations: What Is the What and What We All Long For as Refugee Narratives

Clare Murray Fooshee was a Dalhousie student and great lover poetry.  Upon her death in 1952, her husband Malcolm Fooshee, and many of her friends, donated funds for a poetry competition to be held each year in memory of Clare.  Malcolm Fooshee asked that any unused income for the fund be used for other appropriate purposes in Clare’s memory, and since 2003 the fund has been contributing towards Dalhousie’s student publication of creative writing, Fathom.  This year’s winners of the Clare Murray Fooshee Poetry Prizes are:

First: Julia Kennedy for “Moratorium
Second: Taylor Lemaire for “Voices From the Juniper Tree
Third: Hannah Ascough for “Some Solitudes