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March 27, 2015- Katherin Edwards Wins 17th annual Okanagan Short Story Contest

A Kamloops woman has won first prize in the Okanagan Short Story Contest. Katherin Edwards won the $500 first prize and a week’s residency at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre for her story "Pellucidity." Edward’s story, about a young girl’s encounter with mortality and a dazzling but terrifyingly deep British Columbia lake, placed first from a short-list of 12 stories. The short-list was selected by Creative Writing faculty from over 90 entries.

Second prize was won by Kelowna resident Jocelyn Tennant for her story “Red,” a gripping tale about a pioneer woman in a blizzard in the Kootenays in the 19th century. Third prize was won by Raven Faith Jones of Kelowna for her story “Know You As You Feel You Know Me” about an indigenous woman’s observations from the margins of society.

At the announcement and celebratory reading on Tuesday, March 24th at the downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library, judge Marie Clements praised all the short listed authors for their creativity and talent. Edwards and Tennant read excerpts of their winning stories and Marie Clements read an excerpt of Jones’s story as she could not attend the announcement event. At the event, Clements also read from her own work.

"Literary contests are a valuable encouragement to emerging writers,” says Nancy Holmes, UBCO Creative Writing professor. "There is no doubt that this contest, in its 17th year, fulfills this goal for our region."

The Okanagan Short Story Contest is an annual event sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, the Central Okanagan Foundation, and Kelowna’s Capital News and is open to all residents of the southern interior.

Photography Copyright © 2006 Nancy Holmes