Short fiction contest winners to be announced during special presentation

NANAIMO - Islands Short Fiction Contest awards ceremony held at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library April 28.

Winners of the Islands Short Fiction Contest will be announced during a special presentation at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library branch April 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Excerpts from the winners’ pieces will be read during the event. Admission to the presentation is free.

The Islands Short Fiction Contest is sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council and Vancouver Island University’s department of creative writing and journalism.

The contest received a record 118 entries this year.

“We were delighted to have more young writers bring their work forward this year,” said Sarah Schmidt, executive director of the Nanaimo Arts Council, in a press release.

While the NAC lost its office in the Jean Burns Building fire, all hard copy submissions had been converted to electronic form and had already been sent to the judges.

The contest has three categories adult, for 19 and older, youth for ages 13-18 and junior for ages 12 and under.

Best-selling author Robert J. Wiersema was the adult category judge.

Vancouver Island Regional Library librarians Jennifer Seper and Justin Unrau were judges for the junior and youth categories.

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