Two North Okanagan authors have made the short-list of finalists for the 15th annual Okanagan Short Story contest.
The quest for literary excellence attracted 163 story submissions by writers from throughout B.C.’s Southern Interior.
Three winners will be announced at a public reading with contest judge Erìn Moure, UBC Okanagan’s writer-in-residence, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna.
Among the short-listed authors are Jade Hignett and Bhupinder Jaswal, both of Vernon.
They join Kelowna’s Shauna Mosbeck, Joe Dermo, Carlo Da Ros, Cassandre Campeau Bouthillier, Brandon Shalansky, Katherin Edwards and Shelley Wood, as well as Lake Country’s Marissa White and Andrew McMonagle of Winlaw.
Winners will be awarded $500 for first place, $200 for second, and $100 for third. The three winning stories will also be published in a limited edition chapbook.
The popular writing contest is sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus, The Kelowna Capital News, and the Central Okanagan Foundation.