Okanagan short fiction contest invites entries

Do you have a story to tell?  Once again, it’s time for local writers to get their stories down on the page: the 8th annual Okanagan Short Fiction Contest is calling for entries. Sponsored by Okanagan College, the University of British Columbia Okanagan and the Central Okanagan Foundation, the contest offers cash prizes to area residents.

Writers have until April 21, 2006, to submit their short stories, ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 words. All entries must be original, unpublished works of fiction, submitted on
8 ½” by 11” plain white paper, double-spaced and typed. There is no limit on the number of entries, but a $10 entry fee is required with each.

“This year, the two Okanagan post-secondary institutions are jointly sponsoring this great contest,” says Nancy Holmes, a Creative Writing Professor at UBC Okanagan and one of the organizers of the contest. “We are delighted to work together to celebrate and reward the best fiction writers in the region.”

Entries are judged by Creative Writing faculty from Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan  and an external judge who is a published, professional writer of national stature. Prizes are $500 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. Winners will be announced in June.  Excerpts of the stories will be broadcast on CBC Radio this summer.

Writers should live in the Okanagan College region, which includes the Revelstoke area, through the Shuswap and Okanagan valley south to the U.S. border at Osoyoos. No manuscripts will be returned. The contest is for adult short fiction.

Mail entries to:

Okanagan Short Fiction Contest
c/o Creative Studies Secretary
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
UBC Okanagan
3333 University Way
Kelowna, B.C.
V1V 1V7

For more infomation, contact Nancy Holmes at 250.807.9369.

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