The 2017 Call for Submissions has now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's competition. We expect to announce finalists by the beginning of September 2017.
Changing the landscape of writing competitions, The Cedric Literary Awards® provides a unique platform to encourage and celebrate unpublished authors of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry, over the age of 50. The juried competition also celebrates First Nations writers, those who write prose and poetry in French, and those who represent a pan-Asian heritage.
Launched in 2014 under the proud sponsorship of Betterthan50® the awards program is a first-of-its-kind in Canada, and in its inaugural year (2015) captured the interest of writers, publishers, and other organizations that support and promote Canadian authors.
The Cedric Literary Awards® exclusively support the 50+ demographic, which is the most under-served and under-recognized segment of our population; those previously unable to invest the time and energy needed to build their talent while busy raising families, and working.
The founders of The Cedric Literary Awards® believe strongly that inviting mature emerging writers empowers them to come out of social isolation and gives them a platform to showcase their writing as part of a juried competition.
More than 300 writers from across British Columbia have participated in the competition since 2015, and in 2017 the awards program will be expanded to include writers from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon - with a view to gradually expanding the writing competition to the rest of Canada by 2020.
The Cedric Literary Awards® is not a commercial enterprise, and operates as a Canadian charity.
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In the future, the awards program will include elements of senior-to-senior mentorship, writer coaching, and editing. Prizes for each of our winners will remain at $3,000. Secondary prizes will be added as participation increases and funding allows.
For more information about The Cedric Literary Awards, please log on to: www.thecedrics.ca or email Veronica Osborn, Executive Director, at: firstname.lastname@example.org