Top prize includes one-week residency at Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre
Fire up the coffee pot, change the ribbon on the old Underwood and unleash your imagination: The eagerly awaited 16th Annual Okanagan Short Story Contest is here.
Sponsored by UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, the Kelowna Capital News and the Central Okanagan Foundation, the contest offers cash prizes — $500 for the winning entry, $200 for second prize, and $100 for third prize.
Plus, the top prize includes a one-week residency at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre for the winning writer. Woodhaven’s rustic setting of whispering pines, trails and meandering wildlife offers an inspiring atmosphere for artists and writers to relax, work without distraction, and discuss their projects.
“The Okanagan Short Story Contest is a wonderful way for writers in the valley to find each other,” says Michael V. Smith, assistant professor of creative writing. “As much as this is a contest, it’s also a community-building event. The reading each year where we announce the contest winners brings writers together from all over the valley. That winners also benefit from having their stories professionally critiqued by our contest judge—writer Gerry Shikatani—is icing on the cake.”
As a published author, Smith knows the value of coming together in a creative community. “It is so vital for aspiring writers to have others look at their manuscripts with a critical eye. There’s good reason to assume that writers who engage with their peers about their work are those most likely to succeed.”
Entries for the Okanagan Short Story Contest must be original, unpublished works of 1,000 to 4,000 words, submitted on plain 81/2 by 11-inch white paper, double spaced and typed. Submissions must include a $15 entry fee of a money order or cheque payable the University of British Columbia. All residents of the Southern Interior of British Columbia, from east of Hope, west of the Alberta border, north of the U.S. border and south of Williams Lake, are eligible to enter.
A complete set of entry rules can be found at: www.okstorycontest.org
Submission deadline is February 21. Winners will be announced in March 2014, at a public event where the winning writers are invited to read from their work.
Submissions should be mailed to:
Okanagan Short Story Contest
c/o Toby Wesenberg
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, CCS Building
The University of British Columbia Okanagan
3333 University Way
Kelowna BC V1V 1V7