I felt moved and inspired by the words. I felt wildly inadequate to judge the stories that delicately pulled at each of my heartstrings while celebrating love, compassion, sacrifice, loyalty, and more. Although I did fulfill the difficult task of helping to select the winners of this writing competition, I wholeheartedly believe that the true winners are those who get to read your beautiful stories in this Canadian anthology of Tales of the Heart. Yes, it is true. I loved it! - Tina Marie Theresa D'Alessandro Powell, finalist judge, award-winning author, and journalist.
A story can be character or plot driven or both combined. The writers who can accomplish the latter have a rare talent and are destined to become masterful storytellers. The finalists' entries sent to me for judging consisted of several wonderful stories, one of which brought tears to my eyes. One brought chuckles and one even gave me a jolt of surprise. - Yasmin John-Thorpe, finalist judge and recipient of the 'Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Community Service Award'.