Nelson writer Brian d'Eon wins Okanagan Short Fiction Contest

Brian d'Eon of Nelson has won the 2009 Okanagan Short Fiction Contest. An elementary school teacher for over 30 years, d'Eon had to miss the prize announcement and reading with judge Gail Anderson-Dargatz and the other two winners Saturday, June 13, at the Kelowna Art Gallery -- as it was the day of his retirement party.

"I'll soon have an unlimited amount of time to write and no excuses to procrastinate," says d'Eon, who won $500.

Katherine Edwards of Kamloops took home the $200 second prize, and third prize $100 went to UBC Okanagan student Kiera Polzin of Kelowna. There were over 120 entries this year from all over the southern interior of the province.

Contest sponsors are UBC Okanagan, Okanagan College, CBC Radio One, and the Central Okanagan Foundation.

For more information, contact Michael V. Smith at UBC Okanagan, 250-807-9706, or visit http://www.okstorycontest.org.

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