Yorkton’s 6th annual Story Slam was held Wednesday, October 20 at the Yorkton Public Library. It is a storytelling competition presented by the Yorkton Arts Council in partnership with the Parkland Writers Alliance and the Yorkton Public Library.
The winner is awarded a $100 prize and the winning story will be published in Yorkton This Week and, on this website.
And the winner is Yuri Forbes-Petrovich with his story I Almost Got Hit By a Car in the McDonald’s Parking Lot on Broadway Street.
Congratulations to all participants! They were:
Story Slam 2021 winner Yuri Forbes-Petrovich
Marj was born and raised in the outlaying rural area, and now resides in Yorkton. She has five books published that are written under the pseudonym Marsha Olivia Meadows. They are the Jessica Trilogy, Dark Cold Ice and most recently Bar-B-Que, which was published in March of 2020
Amber is the new branch manager of the Yorkton Public Library. She is a community minded volunteer, a supermom, bookworm and over-thinker.
Tricia Friesen Reed
Tricia is an educator and writer with international experience in community development. Her writing has been published in The Midwest Review, Geez Magazine, Deep Wild, Write Magazine and elsewhere. Tricia mentored under national best-selling author Trevor Herriot in 2020, and earned a literary grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board in 2021. She is currently looking for a publisher for her full-length manuscript, A Guidebook to Travelling Home. Tricia loves facilitating writing workshops and rubbing shoulders with other storytellers!
Merle arrived in Yorkton in 1967 to teach grade 9 English. During her teaching years Merle was involved in drama, debate and public speaking. Merle retired from teaching in 2000. She is a dedicated volunteer serving on the Board of Directors for the Yorkton Arts council from 1991—2020 and chairing the Renaissance Yorkton, a group whose mandate was planning for the beautification of the downtown through the installation of two public murals, and the development of two walking tours. She had contributed to the community in countless other ways.
Brenda is the public services specialist at the Yorkton Library, a member of the Parkland Writers Alliance, Yorkton Arts Council board member, East Central Newcomer Welcome Centre board member, community volunteer, writer, nomad and creative spirit.
Yorkton Story Slam went virtual in 2020, to ensure everyone's health and safety.
Five entries were received, each recorded by the story teller. The judges listened to each, and selected Escape from Manhole by CV Sastry as the winner.
Each of the entries can be heard below.