It’s December, and many are probably ready to seek refuge from the holiday season. Or, the gathering of family and friends is the refuge that some have waited for all year long.
Writers in the Kootenays (both adult and youth) can enter their reflections on Refuge in The Kootenay Literary Competition until January 17. Substantial cash prizes and publication will be awarded to the winners at the KLC gala on March 14. Full competition details are available at kootenaylitcomp.com.
The competition judges have been finalized, and they represent a strong range of experience in creative writing and publishing in the Kootenays. In the adult category, judge Susan Andrews Grace is the author of five books of poetry, a visual artist and creative writing instructor. Sioux Browning is a poet, screenwriter and UBC creative writing professor. Tara Cunningham is the senior editor at Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine and a freelance editor.
In the youth competition, judge Cyndi Sand-Eveland is an author of juvenile fiction who has received many award nominations and awards for her most recent works. Bill Metcalfe is a freelance writer who is published regularly in BC media, plus he is a freelance broadcaster for CBC radio. Together, the judges represent a range of how writing touches our everyday lives, and some of the ways in which skillful writing helps us to understand the world more deeply. Each will offer that range of experience in reading the submissions to the competition and in feedback to the winners.
Questions about the competition can be emailed through the website or directed to Morty Mint at 250-352-7844.