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Winner declared in Okanagan College 3-Hour Short Story contest

More than 30 budding writers from across the valley put their writing skills to the test in Okanagan College’s 8th Annual 3-Hour Short Story contest and second-year arts student Hannah Stanley has been announced as the overall winner for her original story “The Best Years of Our Lives.” The 180-minute timed contest was held last month at the College’s Vernon, Salmon Arm and Penticton campuses and at Kelowna Secondary School. The contest was open to Grade 11, 12 and College students who competed for four regional prizes of $250 in tuition credit. From the regional winners, an overall winner...

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Bookshelf: Okanagan author Lorrie Forde of Really Good F Words

Author of Really Good F Words Your interactive gudie to self-care A Q&A with Laurie Carter Love the title of your book. Thank you—I’m glad it caught your attention. Why did you write a book about self-care? Two reasons. In addition to authoring this book, I am also a coach ( I love that my work allows me to easily connect my “be” and my “do” and I believe that no one needs a coach, but that everybody deserves to have one. Through the pages of F Words, I’m able to offer the gift of coaching to readers. As well,...

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‘Heartbreaking’ story wins 2016 Okanagan Short Story Contest

Creative writing that tugged the heartstrings of award-winning fiction writer Tamas Dobozy won this year’s Okanagan Short Story Contest. Dobozy, UBC Okanagan’s Writer in Residence, was the final judge in the annual fiction writing contest that gathered more than 85 entries. UBC alumna Dania Tomlinson’s story “Badlands” won first prize, with Dobozy saying the writer is "totally in command of the narrative." “It’s very deeply felt, even heartbreaking (in the best sense of the word) in places,” says Dobozy. “The last sentence is startling and beautiful and lifts the story beyond itself—as most good endings do.” The accolades mean...

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Okanagan short fiction contest short list announced

UBC’s Anne Fleming has just completed a pretty a tough job. Fleming, who is the Creative Writing program coordinator at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has been working on the committee to short list the winners of the annual short story contest. The 18th annual Okanagan Short Story Contest attracted 85 story submissions by writers from throughout B.C.’s Southern Interior. “The quality of this year’s entries was excellent,” says Fleming. “We had a really tough time winnowing down to this shortlist.” Fleming is able to pass the torch as UBC’s Writer-In-Residence Tamas Dobozy is the contest judge and he will determine...

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