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2018 Okanagan Literary Contest


Okanagan Short Story Contest

On April 18 at the Okanagan Regional Library in Kelowna, FCCS Writer in Residence Renée Sarojini Saklikar announced the winners of the 2017 Okanagan Short Story Contest.

The event also launched UBC Okanagan’s 2017 PaperShell anthology of creative writing, and introduced a new writing category for high-school students and double the award prizes in the 2018 Okanagan Short Story Contest.

2018 Contest

The Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation is co-sponsoring the 2018 contest, allowing FCCS to award larger winning purses—$1,000, $400 and $200—as well as a new award for the top short story by a high-school student ($200 prize). Co-sponsors are FCCS, Kelowna Capital News, the Central Okanagan Foundation, and subTerrain magazine.

The Okanagan Short Story Contest awards the best new short stories by writers in the Southern Interior of British Columbia: east of Hope, west of the Alberta border, north of the US border and south of Williams Lake.

Deadline to apply: January 15, 2018 (must be postmarked by the deadline)

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Accessibility: All the events at Spoke Literary Festival are wheelchair accessible.  At Okanagan College and the Okanagan Regional Library, there are bathrooms and parking stalls that are designated for disabled users.  At the Friday night Caetani House meet-and-greet, we will be in the Studio, which is on ground level.  Beside the Studio is a wheelchair accessible washroom.  All of Spoke Literary Festival’s classroom spaces are on ground level.  Please see the links in the sidebar under Accessibility for information on washroom and parking facilities at Okanagan College.  If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please email us at

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Ryga Festival

In Summerland, inspired by George Ryga




The Ryga Festival Society is holding a 10-minute new play competition and invites writers in the greater Okanagan Valley to submit their original, unproduced short plays.
There are cash prizes for the top three plays (first prize, $100) and winning plays will be performed at a showcase during the Ryga Festival in Summerland, Sept 1-4, 2017.
There are categories for adults, 18 years and up, and for youth, under 18.   Deadline for submitting the play is May 31, 2017 and winners will be announced around July 15, 2017.
Writers must reside within the geographical area of the Okanagan Regional Library System, which extends from Princeton in the south to Golden in the north.  (See map Penticton, of course, is included.
Started in 2016 as the Marginal Arts Festival, the renamed Ryga Festival will take place in Summerland on Labour Day Weekend,  September 1 – 4, 2017.  Details will be posted on


For further information please e-mail  Don Gayton or
Peter Hay
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Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival

May 19th to May 21st

 We are excited to announce our list of fantastic presenters for the 2017 Word On The Lake Writers’ Festival.

Word on the Lake Writing Contest Rules and Guidelines 2017

Register online

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