Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands writers to be celebrated on April 27th

The 2019 Islands Short Fiction Awards will be presented on Saturday, April 27th in Nanaimo.

Co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, the contest this year received 127 entries over three categories: Adult (writers 19 and over), Youth (writers 13 to 18), and Junior (writers 12 and under).

Judge of the Adult category is award-winning novelist and short fiction writer, and retired VIU Creative Writing professor, Stephen Guppy. Lee Losell, Children’s Librarian at the Nanaimo Harbourfront branch of the VIRL, is the Youth judge, while Nathan McKay, Children’s Librarian at the Qualicum Beach branch, judges the Junior category. Over $2200 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

The presentation begins at 2:30 pm on Saturday, April 27th at the Vancouver Island Regional Library Harbourfront branch in downtown Nanaimo (90 Commercial St., see map here). Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.

The Islands Short Fiction Contest is made possible by support from the Province of British Columbia and the City of Nanaimo.