Summer/Fall 2008





Congratulations to the Winners!


This year's Accenti Magazine Awards featured the winners of the third writing contest and the winners of the first “Capture an Italian Moment” Photo Competition. The awards event was held on May 2 at the Delta Centre-ville during the 10th annual Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival.


Congratulations! The winner of the Accenti Photo Competition and the recipient of the $1000 prize is Nicola Colarusso of St. Leonard, Quebec, with his photo “Al Parrucchiere” – featured on the cover of this issue. As Nicola recounts, though Italy has changed, much about the Italian outlook on life has not. What can you say about a society that counts more mobile phone subscribers than inhabitants! You can read the story behind the image on page 4.


The second prize winner is Virginia Ritacca of Toronto for “Vespa Cena.” The third prize winner is Robert T. Norton of Mississauga, Ontario, for his entry “Glamour Gladiator.” Their photos will be featured in upcoming issues of Accenti. We are grateful to our contest judges, Anna Carlevaris and Gian Carlo Biferali, for their judicious choices.

  Accenti From the Editor's Desk Congratulations to the Winners!

Paul French of Toronto wins the Accenti Writing Contest and the $1000 prize with “High Water in Low Season.” To outsiders, Venice is an enchanting and, in many ways, mysterious city. The city is literally built on water. Millions of tourists flock to it every year, and its winter carnevale is world renowned. But as Paul French’s behind-the-scenes account illustrates, living in Venice year round can be risky. Read about it on page 18.)


The second prize winner is Sylvia Fiorita-Smith of Pointe Claire, Quebec, for “Only a Heartbeat Away,” and the third prize goes to Tony Franceschini of Montreal for his entry “The Birthday Suit.” Look for these stories in upcoming issues. Our thanks go to the writing contest judges: Corrado Paina, Joseph Pivato, Carmine Starnino, Sheila Wright and Jana Vizmuller-Zocco.




If you have a story to tell or a photo that captures an Italian moment, enter the Accenti contests! The deadline is January 20th, 2009. Go to for details. The first prize for each contest is $1000. All winning entries will be published in Accenti Magazine. The annual Accenti Writing Contest calls for entries, on any topic, whose key elements are Italy and Canada or the Italian Canadian experience. The Accenti Photo Competition calls for images that “Capture an Italian Moment.” The objective of both contests is to encourage creative expression about the two countries that are dear to us, and the burgeoning new culture that spans Italy and Canada. Accenti Magazine is a vehicle for the expression of that culture through words and images.

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