Three mature and emerging unpublished BC writers were each presented with a $3,000 award at a special reception held Saturday at The Union Club in Victoria.
The winners of the 2016 Cedric Literary Awards are:
- Joel Scott, of Chemainus, for his work of fiction titled “Jack”;
- First Nations writer Sidney Harris, of Victoria, for his story “Morning Song’s Legacy”;
- Beth Hawkes, of Salt Spring Island, for her work of creative non-fiction titled “Seasons”.
While there was no clear winner in the poetry category of this year’s competition, two poets were singled out for special commendation. Michelle Doege, of Vernon, and Lynne Mustard, of Victoria, will each receive $500 as a gift from The Cedric Literary Awards to be put towards writer coaching.
Awards founder Dr. Peter Dale says: “The most important focus of The Cedric Literary Awards is to recognize, celebrate and encourage emerging mature writers, age 50 and better, who have the benefit of living through some of the most important changes in our society. As a French speaker myself, I was delighted that we received submissions from two French writers this year and I hope to see more participating in future competitions.”
The 2016 selection panel included: Terry Ann Carter, Daniel Scott, Tricia Dower, Sylvia Olsen, Sara Cassidy and Monique Genuist – all well-known and accomplished writers and poets in their own right.
Executive Director Veronica Osborn says: “I want to sincerely congratulate this year’s Cedric award winners. In response to the success of the competition in its first two years, we have decided to include writers from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon in the 2017 Call for Submissions. This is a first step towards expanding the competition to the rest of Canada by 2020.”
In the future, the awards program will include elements of senior-to-senior mentorship, writer coaching and editing. Prizes for each winner will remain at $3,000, while secondary prizes will be added as participation increases and funding allows.
The next Call for Submissions will be February 1st, 2017. Writers interested in entering next year’s competition are invited to refer to the website at: www.thecedrics.ca for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org