Kootenay Literary Competition gala celebrates local literary talent

Winners were celebrated during an event at Touchstones last week.

Poet Brad Bradley performed during this year's Kootenay Literary Competition gala.

This year’s Kootenay Literary Competition at Touchstones celebrated work in three genres: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. City councillor Anna Purcell (below, with book) hosted the gala, which also included cello music from Tibo Kölmel and a performance piece by Trestan Shunter.

Lindsay Vallance (below, with glasses) won first place in fiction for her piece “Rentals,” while second place went to Veronique Darwin’s “Kootenays 3 a.m.” Jana Danniels (below) won first place in creative non-fiction for “Under Her Bones Light” and Melissa Owen came second for “1989.”

Nelson’s Brad Bradley (top) won the fiction contest for his piece “A Postcard from Neltron” while Lindy Flynn took second place for “Yet Again.”

The contest was judged by poet Jane Byers, fiction writer Leesa Dean and Kootenay Mountain Culture editor Tara Cunningham.

Just Posted

Nelson to get legal opinion on right-to-life street banner

Does the Nelson Right to Life banner violate the Charter of Rights?

Nelson’s oldest veteran dies at 99

Lionel Binette was well known for his annual recitation of In Flanders Fields on Remembrance Day

RED resort announces new ski lift

Topping lift will add new ski area to resort, reduce bottleneck on Motherload chair

Update: Bodies recovered from Pend d’Oreille River crash

To help support the family, a fundraiser has been set up at Kootenay Savings in Fruitvale

Paramedics union raises alarm over spike in out-of-service ambulances

Staffing shortages affecting service levels in Kootenays

After mosque attacks, New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns

The gunman killed 50 in a Christchurch mosque

Okanagan man, Yorkshire terrier chased by coyote

Animal sightings have been reported around West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

B.C. lottery winner being sued by Surrey co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Pot industry welcomes decreased edibles tax, but unhappy medical tax remains

Taxes can increase the cost of medical cannabis by as much as 25 per ceny

‘It has to send a message:’ Broncos families await sentencing for truck driver

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving and apologized in court

MPs continue voting marathon as Tories protest shutdown of Wilson-Raybould motion

Multiple MPs have resigned from Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet

Canucks hang on for 7-4 win over Senators

Horvat nets 2 for Vancouver

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Most Read