Literary competition awards to be handed out

Despite a late launch, the Kootenay Literary Competition had a flood of entries from around the region.

“We were surprised by the response because we launched a little bit last minute this year,” said Kristene Perron with the Literary Competition. “That was a bit concerning because we didn’t know if everyone was going to have enough time to get their entries completed but we actually surpassed the number of entries we had last year.”

In the past, the competition has been for Nelson residents but this year the team decided to cast their net a little bit wider, even drawing in some younger writers.

“The best part was that we had a significant number of youth enter this year, which was great,” said Perron.

“I think last year they only received one in the youth category. This year we had a lot, both from grade 10 to 12 and from grades seven to nine, which was great.”

The competition launched at the end of October and has now gathered all the applications and judges have been busy picking the top stories.

Creative writing instructor at Selkirk College Almeda Glenn Miller and her students read all the entries and selected the five entries that formed the short lists for each category.

Glenn Miller also judged the adult fiction category.

The Selkirk students played a particularly important role in the new youth categories.

“One of the neat things that we did with the youth category, is all of Glenn Miller’s students that did the short listing, they made comments on every entry so even the kids that didn’t win, or place, they’ll still get some feedback on their writing which will hopefully encourage them to enter again next year,” said Perron.

Holley Rubinsky will be judging the emerging writer category, local poet Susan Andrews Grace will be tackling the poetry and Rita Moir — who recently released The Third Crop — is judging the creative non-fiction stories.

The entries were judged in December and the contestants were notified at the end of the month.

The awards ceremony will be on January 6 at the Hume Hotel starting at 6 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the Hume Hotel and there will be food, drinks and author readings in addition to the awards being handed out.


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