Winners of Okanagan Short Story Contest to be Announced + A Reading by Karen Connelly

Award-winning author Karen Connelly is UBC's writer-in-residenceAward-winning author Karen Connelly is UBC’s writer-in-residence

Shortlist narrows field to eight in popular Okanagan literary competition

Karen Connelly, writer in residence at UBC’s Okanagan campus and best-selling author of nine books of nonfiction, fiction and poetry, will read from her work at the event announcing the three winners of the Okanagan Short Story Contest Thursday, February 2, 7 p.m. at the Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna.

The three winners will also be invited to read excerpt from their stories. Connelly, who judged story submissions, will accompany the announcement of the winners with a reading from her work, the most recent being Burmese Lessons: a love story, a memoir based on her experiences in Burma and on the Thai-Burma border.

Connelly will draw the winning selections from eight short-listed writers:

  • Karen Hugdahl-Meyer, Vernon;
  • Joanne Carey, Kelowna;
  • Katherin Edwards, Kamloops;
  • Shelley Wood, Kelowna;
  • Karen Hofmann, Kamloops;
  • Ben Colver, Kamloops;
  • Jillian Harvey, Nelson;
  • Tar Storness-Bliss, Kelowna.

Entries for the 14th annual Okanagan Short Story Contest closed December 16. Prizes of $500, $200 and $100 will be awarded.

Sponsors for the contest are UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies; CBC Radio One; the Canada Council for the Arts; and the Okanagan Regional Library.

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by Paul Marck

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