Area authors will once again be in the spotlight as the Islands Short Fiction Contest awards are presented on April 27th in Nanaimo.
Open to writers living on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, the contest received a record 136 entries this year, in three categories: Adult (19 and over), Youth (13 to 18), and Junior (12 and under). It is jointly sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism.
Over $2000 in cash and prizes will be presented.
The judge of the Adult category is Robert Hilles, a Governor General’s Award-winning author and instructor in the VIU Department of Creative Writing and Journalism. “I have judged this contest several times in the past and I have always been amazed by the high quality of writing coming from the islands,” he says. “Short stories shape various notions of our community and ourselves. They also carry our local identities to the greater world.
“Whether it is stories of Russia by Anton Chekhov or stories of small town Ontario by Alice Munro, short stories have changed us and made us better.”
VIRL librarians Jennifer Seper and Julie Carter are judges of the Youth and Junior categories.
The awards will be presented at the Nanaimo Harbourfront branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (90 Commercial St.) on Thursday, April 27th at 6:30 pm. Excerpts from the winners in all three categories will be read. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
Past winners in the Islands Short Fiction Contest may be read on the contest website at isfc.ca.