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The 16th Annual Okanagan Short Story Contest winners have been announced! Shelley Wood of Kelowna has won first prize for her story "Leave-taking." Second prize was won by Kelowna resident Glenna Turnbull for "things you find on the side of the road" and third prize was won by Brittni Mackenzie-Dale for "Dead Man’s Bluff." Wood’s submission topped 121 entries in the Okanagan Short Story contest, sponsored by UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, the Kelowna Capital News and the Central Okanagan Foundation. Entries were judged by UBC Writer in Residence Gerry Shikatani, and creative writing faculty members. See link to the UBC news release for more information: UBC News Release.

The contest awards the best new short stories by writers in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The contest is sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia and the Central Okanagan Foundation. All proceeds go towards Creative Writing scholarships at UBC. Prizes are $500 for first prize PLUS a one-week residency at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre in Kelowna, $200 for second, and $100 for third. The three winning stories are celebrated at a reading in Kelowna. For information about the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre, see the Woodhaven EcoCulture Centre Blog.

General Information for Submitting Stories to the Contest

Check the Rules Page for details about this year's Contest. Next year's context will be announced late in 2014.

SHORT STORIES: We look for works of adult fiction that fall between 1000 - 4000 words in length (about 4 - 20 pages, typed, double-spaced). The contest administrators are not responsible for lost manuscripts or late submissions. There is a $15 entry fee for each story.

YOUNG WRITERS: A few talented young writers have become finalists in the past, so we certainly encourage them to submit their work. However, note this is a contest for adult short fiction, not children's stories.

We do not accept electronic submissions and we are unable to provide written responses to manuscripts.
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