Judy Millar is a Nanaimo-based writer of humorous and serious short stories and essays, and the author of the humorous short story collection Beaver Bluff: The Librarian Stories. She has won numerous awards and been published in literary journals and anthologies including Island Writer, WOW!, Canadian Stories, Stones and One Sweet Ride.
A former corporate communications manager, she moved from Kitchener, Ontario to Vancouver Island in 2007. She has studied short fiction-writing and novel-writing at Vancouver Island University, and is in demand as a spoken word performer of her original material—solo, and as part of the writing/performing duo WordChickz.
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Beaver Bluff: The Librarian Stories. Brannen Publishing, 2012
ISBNs: Print: 978-0-9917307-2-8 / 978-1480081161
Brannen Publishing 2012
Beaver Bluff is a whimsical, witty and wacky collection of stories about life in the stacks of fictional Big Beaver County “somewhere in the Great Pacific Northwest.” When these quirky characters aren’t scheming to scheming to sweeten up their superiors or set up their colleagues for downsizing, they’re scripting erotic encounters and trying to outdo each other with their literary tattoos. No library card required to check them out—just a love of laughter.
First Prize, Non-Fiction, North Shore Writers’ Contest, 2013
Third Prize, Vancouver Island Mayworks Contest (short prose), 2013
First Prize, & Kerry Schooley Memorial Award, Arts Hamilton National Short Fiction Awards, 2012.
Finalist, The Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose competition, 2011.
First prize, Nanaimo Short Fiction Awards, 2010.
Finalist, Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition, 2009.
Winner, John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award, 2009.
First prize, Nanaimo Short Fiction Awards, 2009.
First prize, Short Story: Hamilton’s Creative Keyboards, 2008.
First prize, Poetry (shared), The Word Guild Canadian Writing Awards, 2007.
Finalist, Creative Nonfiction, Surrey International Writers’ Contest, 2007.
First prize, Alice Munro Short Story Contest, 2006.
First prize, Toronto Sun Essay contest, 2000.
. . . plus many other finalist, second or third prize awards.