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Literary competition celebrates Kootenay writers

The 2012 Kootenay Literary Competition (KLC) and Youth Creative Writing Competition are now accepting submissions. With larger cash prizes, lower entry fees, publication in the KLC anthology for winners, and writing workshops, 2012 is shaping up to be the most exciting year so far.

Presented by the Nelson Writers Society and the Kootenay Literary Competition Committee, the annual events are open to all writers living in the Kootenay region.

The theme for the adult competition is ‘revolution’, and adults can enter in three categories, fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. For the youth competition, grades 7-9 must use the words ‘riddle’, ‘domino’, and any form of the verb ‘to skulk’, at some point in their work. Grades 10-12 must use the phrase ‘there was only one thing left to do’.

While the full judge list has yet to be confirmed, Fred Wah, Canada’s Poet Laureate will judge the adult poetry category. Rita Moir, 2012 One Book One Kootenay winner, will be back to judge the adult Creative Non-Fiction category.

Winners in each of the categories will be announced at the KLC awards ceremony and celebration on January 18, featuring winner’s readings, free desserts, and a special performance by spoken word poet, Sheri-D Wilson. All winners of the youth competition will be invited to attend a weekend creative writing workshop, taking place in the spring of 2013 in Nelson.

For all of the entry requirements and competition details, visit www.kootenaylitcomp.com.

 

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