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Press Release:
For immediate release, April 5, 2005

Contact: Violette Malan, 613-272-3591


Leading regional lifestyle magazine
will publish story contest's winner

Wolfe Island's Scene of the Crime Festival is pleased to announce a new agreement with southeastern Ontario's leading magazine.

The winning story from this year's Wolfe Island Scene of the Crime Festival will be published in the prestigious local publication, Kingston Life Magazine.

"We are pleased to be working with Kingston Life in a way that will give this writer - and Canadian crime writing in general - a larger regional audience," said Therese Greenwood, president of the festival's board of directors. "Southeastern Ontario has a rich story-telling heritage and we are glad to be able to work together to highlight that."

The story will be published in Kingston Life's fall issue.

Winners will be announced June 30 and presented with their prizes at the annual Scene of the Crime Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13. Organizers hope that, her schedule permitting, Kingston Life publisher Mary Laflamme will personally hand out the prizes.

First prize includes $50, as well as publication in Kingston Life. Second and third prizes are $25 gift certificates from Kingston's Novel Idea book store.

The Scene Of The Crime Festival was launched to honour Canada's first crime writer, Grant Allen, born at his family home on Wolfe Island, the manor of the Baron de Longueuil family. The first Canadian to write crime stories, Allen invented one of the most popular plot conceits of the genre and was a good friend of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Allen went on to become one of the most prolific writers of the Victorian period and invented a plot staple, the thief who is actually the hero of the story.

Deadline for entries is May 15, 2005. For contest rules visit For more information about the short story contest, contact Violette Malan at 613-272-3591.

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