Winners named in 2017 Cedric Literary Awards


Four previously unpublished BC writers over the age of 50 will each receive a prize valued at $3,000 as category winners of the 2017 Cedric Literary Awards.

The winning writers are:

  • Anneliese Schultz of Richmond for her work of Fiction entitled “Bread”
  • Susan Pieters of Burnaby for her Creative Non-fiction work entitled “Singing Solo”
  • Karen Black of Langley for her Poetry collection entitled “Celebrating the Natural World and the Humans in It”
  • Guuduniia La Boucan, a First Nations writer in Victoria, for her work “Del’s Truck”

More than 80 manuscripts were received in this year’s writing competition in the categories of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, and First Nations Writing.

Awards Executive Director Veronica Osborn says: “What distinguishes our writing competition is that we do not demand an author have already had success before sending us their work. Rather, we seek to inspire the most experienced group of unpublished Canadians in our country’s history to share their creativity, perspectives and accumulated knowledge, to create a library of national treasures to inspire every generation.”

For the first time this year’s writing competition was opened to writers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon and it is anticipated that participation from these jurisdictions will grow in coming years. It is noteworthy that one of the poets receiving Honourable Mention for her work is a resident of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Manuscripts were received from writers aged 50 or better from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. The members of this year’s Selection Panel included: Tricia Dower, Maleea Acker, Gordon Thomas, and Richard Van Camp.

Originally conceived and funded by Dr. Peter Dale, Chair of Betterthan50®, “the Cedrics” is a registered Canadian charity.  For more information, visit the website at: or email Veronica at