Writers called to enter short story contest

The 15th annual Okanagan Short Story Contest is now officially open and accepting submissions.

Join the region’s literary community in a competition for cash prizes during the 15th annual Okanagan Short Story Contest, now officially open and accepting submissions.

All writers in the B.C. Southern Interior — east of Hope, west of the Alberta border, north of the U.S. border, and south of William’s Lake — may enter their original, unpublished works of fiction.

The popular writing contest is sponsored by the faculty of creative and critical studies at UBC Okanagan, The Kelowna Capital News, and the Central Okanagan Foundation.

Nationally renowned author Erìn Mouré will select the best short stories from the entries.

Winners will be awarded $500 for first place, $200 for second, and $100 for third. The three winning stories will be published in a limited edition chapbook and celebrated at a reading in the spring of 2013.

“The Okanagan Short Story Contest has a history of attracting internationally-known judges, and this year is no exception,” said Sonnet L’Abbe, professor of creative writing and poetry at UBCO. “If you have literary aspirations, or have a story or two sitting in a drawer, send something in – this could be your big break.”

Submission deadline is Jan. 4, 2013. Entries must be submitted on 8 ½ x 11 inch plain white paper, double-spaced and typed. Stories should range from 1,000-to -4,000 words. There are no age limits or limits on the number of entries. Each entry must be accompanied by a $15 entry fee, either a money order or cheque payable to the University of British Columbia.

Complete contest rules can be found at www.okstorycontest.org.

Mail entries and fee to:

Okanagan Short Fiction Contest

c/o Melissa McHugh, FIN 153

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

University of British Columbia

FINE ARTS 153-3333 University Way

Kelowna, B.C., V1V 1V7