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September 23, 2016 - 10:32 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Writers from Vernon and Kamloops are among 11 midlife emerging B.C. writers who have had their unpublished manuscripts recognized for the 2016 Cedric Literary Awards.

More than 120 manuscripts, including two written in French, were received from writers aged 50 or better from across British Columbia in this year’s writing competition, in the categories of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, and First Nations Writing.

“The Cedric Literary Awards are changing the landscape of writing competitions in Canada, by providing a unique platform to recognize and reward unpublished mature and emerging writers of prose and poetry," Awards Executive Director Veronica Osborn says. "As I was with last year’s competition, I am greatly impressed by the depth of writing talent that exists among B.C.’s seniors.”

Each of this year’s category winners will be presented with a $3,000 prize at an afternoon reception to be held at The Union Club of British Columbia in Victoria on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.  In addition, two poets will receive a special commendation for their work.

The Cedric Literary Awards exclusively support writers in the aged 50 or older demographic, the most under-served and under-recognized segment of our population; those unable to invest the time and energy needed to build their talent while they were busy raising families, and working.

Since its inception, the writing competition has attracted more than 300 participants from every region of British Columbia.

Shortlist - 2016 Cedric Literary Awards

Name:  Lissa Millar 
Category:  Fiction
Title:   “The Chicken Lady” 
Hometown:  Kamloops

Name:  Andrew Gardner 
Category:  Fiction
Title:   “The Captain’s Road”  
Hometown:  Salt Spring Island

Name:  Joel Scott 
Category:  Fiction
Title:   “Jack”
Hometown:  Chemainus

Name:  Vicki Drybrough 
Category:  Fiction
Title:   “Access Road”
Hometown:  Port Alberni

Name:  Sidney Harris 
Category:  First Nations Writing
Title:   “Morning Song's Legacy”
Hometown:  Victoria

Name:  Richard Neal
Category:  Creative Non-fiction
Title:   “The Surreal Zone”   
Hometown:  Vancouver

Name:  Nancy Pearson
Category:  Creative Non-fiction
Title:   “My Father’s Burma” 
Hometown:  Victoria

Name:  C. Janis Manchur
Category:  Creative Non-fiction
Title:   “Sea Island Patrol” 
Hometown:  Brentwood Bay

Name:  Beth Hawkes
Category:  Creative Non-fiction
Title:   “Seasons”
Hometown:  Salt Spring Island

Writers receiving Special Commendation:

Name:  Michelle Doege 
Category:  Poetry
Title:   “Tonewood” 
Hometown:  Vernon

Name:  Lynne Mustard
Category:  Poetry
Title:   “Night Train”
Hometown:  Victoria

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