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The 17th Annual Okanagan Short Story Contest is now open for entries! Deadline is Thursday, January 15 2015. Each story must be accompanied by a $15 entry fee.

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, with media sponsorship from the Capital News. 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.

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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