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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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‘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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Kamloops writer wins top prize in Okanagan Short Story Contest

More than 90 entries received in annual writers’ competition A Kamloops writer has won first prize in the Okanagan Short Story Contest. Katherin Edwards won the $500 first prize and a week’s residency at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre for her story Pellucidity. In the Canadian tradition of stories about uncanny events in the woods, Edwards’ story is a poignant tale of friendship and coming of age in a young girl’s encounter with mortality and a dazzling but terrifyingly deep British Columbia lake. Second prize was won by Kelowna resident Jocelyn Tennant for her story Red. This is a...

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New writing school open in Kelowna

A new writing school has started in Kelowna. Curious Beyond Words School of Writing, founded by veteran writer, editor and instructor Dona Sturmanis, kicked off 2015 with 16 Saturday workshops. The workshops series feature guest speakers and instructors along with Dona as host. “There is still room in our winter-spring courses,” says Dona. “We’ve done very well with registrations so far, but there spots left.” Writing seminars are taking place January through April. They include courses on planning your writing project, food writing,creating poetry, children’s books, memoirs, travel, screenplays, articles, fiction and humour. There’s even a workshop on how...

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Word on the Lake Writing Contest call for entries

Aspiring writers from British Columbia and Alberta may want to look to the 2015 Askews Foods Writing Contest to showcase their work. The writing contest is a feature of this year’s Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival, a Shuswap Writers Association programme to encourage emerging writers. The contest is open to all writers 18 years and older. Celebrating its 12th year, Word on the Lake provides a three-day conference that attracts participants primarily from British Columbia and Alberta. The event features bestselling authors Charles de Lint, Gail Bowen, Grant Lawrence, Norma Charles and Gary Fjellgaard leading workshops, master classes, and panel discussions this year. Contestants may submit...

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