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Fiction writers are being encouraged to enter the 23rd annual Okanagan Short Story Contest.
Everyone from the Southern Interior (defined as east of Hope, west of Alberta, north of the US and south of Williams Lake) is invited to submit their work.
The deadline for submissions – which must be between 1,000 and 4,000 words in length – is March 1 at midnight.
The winner will be given $1,000 and a week-long stay at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre in Kelowna.
Second place wins $400, while third place gets $200.
Entry is $15, but high school students can enter for free – and could win $200 for submitting the best story among young writers.
Previous winners of the contest have gone on to be published with the likes of Penguin Random House.
“Competitions like the Okanagan Short Story Contest are where a lot of writers get their start,” said UBCO creative writing professor Nancy Holmes.
“We are always impressed with the calibre of entries we receive and we are excited to see what this year’s submissions will bring.”
This year’s judge is Frances Greenslade, a Canadian author and English professor at Okanagan College.
For a full list of contest details, rules and past winners, visit: fccs.ok.ubc.ca/short-story