Short story contest returns

The 14th annual Okanagan Short Story Contest is now accepting stories from writers in the Okanagan region.

Award-winning author Karen Connelly (The Lizard Cage) will select the best three stories to be awarded cash prizes next spring.

The contest invites all Southern Interior writers  from east of Hope, west of the Alberta boundary, north of the U.S. border and south of Williams Lake to submit their original unpublished works of fiction. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Dec. 15, 2011.

“When I first came to the Okanagan,” says writer Jake Kennedy, “the Okanagan Short Story Contest reading was the first literary event I attended…It was just plain exciting to recognize how much literary talent we had in the Okanagan.”

Cash prizes are offered for the best adult short fiction from the Southern Interior.

Stories ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 words are eligible; all entries must be original, unpublished works of fiction, submitted on 8 1/2-by-11 plain white paper, double-spaced and typed.

There is no limit on the number of entries, but a $15 entry fee is required with each.

Winners will receive cash prizes of $500 for first prize, $200 for second and $100 for third.

Mail entries to: Okanagan Short Fiction Contest, c/o Irma Ronkkonen, CRWR Support, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, The University of British Columbia, FINE ARTS 162, 3333 University Way, Kelowna, B.C., V1V 1V7.


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