Students write short stories in just three hours

Penticton campus associate of arts student Jesse Frechette takes the top prize at Okanagan College’s recent Three-Hour Short Story Contest.

  • Nov. 19, 2014 1:00 p.m.

A high-speed story of loss by Penticton campus associate of arts student Jesse Frechette took the top prize at Okanagan College’s recent Three-Hour Short Story Contest.

“The judges loved Lost Control for its confident and original narrative voice, which kept us fully engaged in the story to the very end,” said Okanagan College English professor, contest judge and organizer Corinna Chong.

The judging panel, which consisted of Chong and fellow Okanagan College professors and writers Kerry Gilbert, Jeremy Lanaway, Hannah Calder and Francie Greenslade, said this year’s entries were strong and exceptionally creative.

“The competition was fierce, which made the job of judging difficult but exciting,” said Chong. “Many students came out of the contest with excellent stories that we hope they will continue to work on.”

The Three-Hour Short Story competition is an annual event held at each of the college’s four campuses and is open to students in Grade 11 and 12, and those attending Okanagan College.

Writers have three hours to create a story using college computers and are not able to access any pre-written material or anything online. Students also have to incorporate a mystery phrase – this year’s phrase was “soggy bread” – into each of their stories.

Four prizes of a $250 tuition credit were handed out to a winner at each campus.

Besides Frechette, who was awarded an extra $250 towards his college tuition, the other regional winners were Run-Run-Run by Sarina Bouvier (Kelowna);  Time Moves Quickly by Daniel Reich (Vernon) and A Small Victory by Kyle Phillips (Salmon Arm).