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Marilyn Gear Pilling

Photo: Dan Pilling 2017

Marilyn Gear Pilling lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She is the author of three collections of short fiction, the most recent of which is On Huron’s Shore (Demeter Press), five collections of poetry, one chapbook, Estrangement (The Alfred Gustav Press, 2017), and is the editor of a book of poetry, Evenings on Paisley Avenue. She has won, and/or placed, in forty-five national contests for poetry, literary non fiction and fiction, including the CBC literary awards, the Western Magazine Awards and Descant’s first place award for Best Canadian Poem. She has, as well, won twenty local Hamilton awards in those three genres. Pilling’s work has been broadcast on the CBC and she has read in many venues, including Eden Mills, Harbourfront, the Banff Centre in Alberta,  the historic Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris France, and in Holguin Cuba. Several poems have been translated into Spanish. Pilling participated in the 2013 CBC poetry contest as a winnowing judge. She is past President of the Hamilton Poetry Centre.

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My Nose is a Gherkin Pickle Gone Wrong. Dunvegan, ON: Cormorant, 1996.
The Roseate Spoonbill of Happiness. Boheme, 2002
The Field Next To Love. Black Moss Press, 2002
The Life Of The Four Stomachs. Black Moss Press, 2006
Cleavage: A Life In Breasts. Black Moss Press, 2007
The Bones of the World Begin to Show. Black Moss, 2009
A Bee Garden. Cormorant Books, 2013
On Huron's Shore. Demeter, 2014
Estrangement. The Alfred Gustav Press, 2017
The Gods of East Wawanosh. Cormorant Books, 2019


Runner-up, League of Canadian Poets' National Poetry Contest, 1999 and 1998.
Second place, Prairie Fire Creative Non-Fiction Contest, 1998.
Winner, "Carousel's" Short Story Contest, 1997.
Winner, Okanagan Award for Short Fiction, Spring, 1993.
Winner of Descant Winston Collins award Best Canadian Poem, 2009
Shortlisted for the $10,000. Upper Canada Writers’ Craft Award for Best Book of short fiction for The Roseate Spoonbill of Happiness 2002 (Alice Munro won!), 2002
A Bee Garden chosen as basis for Curated Exhibition at Burlinton Art Gallery, 2014
First Prize Freefall Short Fiction contest, 2009
First Prize Prairie Fire's postcard fiction contest, 1998
First Prize, Harpweaver short fiction contest, 1997
Second Prize, Grain's Short Fiction contest , 2009
Exotic Erotica judged by Susan Musgrave
Exotic Erotica judged by Susan Musgrave
Exotic Erotica judged by Susan Musgrave
Third Prize Exotic Erotica judged by Susan Musgrave, 1999
Finalist Prism International short fiction contest , 1999
Second Prize Prairie Fire creative non fiction contest, 1998
Third Prize Prairie Fire Creative Non Fiction contest , 2005
Finalist Western Magazine Awards creative non fiction, 2000
Finalist 4 times Event's creative non fiction contest, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1998
Longlisted The Malahat Review creative non fiction contest, 2009
Finalist CBC literary contest creative non fiction 1991, 1991
Best Canadian Poetry as selected by Lorna Crozier poem, 2010
Freefall poetry contest Second Prize and Honourable Mention, 2009
Third Prize Sandburg-Livesay poetry contest, 2000
Editor's Choice Arc's poem of the year contest 2007, 2007
Longlisted Relit Award for best book of poetry for Cleavage, a Life in Breasts and The Bones of the World Begin to Show, 2009, 2010
Finalist Arc's POem of the Year Contest, 2003
Finalist Malahat Review Open Season Award poetry, ?
Finalist Descant's Best Canadian poem contest, 2006
Runner up League of Canadian Poets chapbook ms, 1999
Runner UP League of Canadian poets National Poetry contest, 1999, 1998
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