2020 Winners & Finalists

Mensa Canada is proud to announce the winners and finalists of the 2020 Literary Contest. We hope that you will enjoy reading the winning entries as much as the judges did.

Short Stories

First Place: Left Behind by Nancy Shaver of Ottawa, ON

Second Place: The Balcony by Vanessa Choo of Sechelt, BC

Third Place: Ink’s Spot by Susan Katz of Toronto, ON

Finalists (Alphabetical Order):


First Place (TIE): Mes yeux d’enfant by Paul Couture of Montreal, QC

First Place (TIE): To the Swiftest by Arthur J.L. Salvas of Scarborough, ON

Third Place: It’s You by Carmen Prefontaine of Winnipeg, MB

Finalists (Alphabetical Order):

  • Pinotte Lavoie by Gaëtan Lavoie of Gatineau, QC
  • Box by Kirsten Oulton of Mississauga, ON

Young Writer Awards – NEW FOR 2020

The Young Writer Awards were created this year in response to fantastic entries from young writers. The judges declared all of these entries winners. Congratulations!

Winning Entries, Alphabetical by Last Name: