Fourteen BC writers “of a certain age” have made it to the short list of candidates for the inaugural 2015 Cedric Literary Awards.
More than 160 manuscripts ranging from poems to full-length novels were submitted to the Cedrics by unpublished BC authors age 50 and better.
The writers, ranging from 50 to 96, represent a seniors’ talent pool from Victoria, Duncan and Salt Spring Island to Vancouver, Harrison Hot Springs, Kelowna and New Hazelton. The selection panelists include: Shirley Alphonse, Yvonne Blomer, Isa Millman, Wendy Morton, Sylvia Olsen, Julie Paul, and Terence Young - well-known and accomplished writers and poets in their own right.
The winners in the categories of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry and First Nations Writing will be announced and each presented with a $3,000 award at a gala dinner at The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The keynote speaker at the dinner will be 2014 Governor-General’s Award Winner for English-language Poetry, Arleen Paré.
Tickets for the gala dinner are available to all competition participants and friends and family at a cost of $85 per person.
Email executive director Veronica Osborn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cedric Literary Awards have been created specifically to attract unpublished English and French-speaking authors of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry, as well as First Nations writers, aged 50 years of age or better.
“The awards program is a first-of-its-kind in Canada, and encourages and celebrates the writing talents of BC seniors with a lifetime of experience to share. This year’s inaugural competition has surpassed all expectations in terms of participation and interest on the part of writers and those with an interest in writing and publishing,” Osborn says.
2015 CEDRIC LITERARY AWARDS SHORTLIST
• Margitta Maud
Out of Darkness
• Eileen Hayes
Silk Sisters, Five and Six
• Robert Sherman
• Sarah Kendall
Let Me Show You Chocolate Lilies
• David Giblin
Strange Karma for the French Petty Nobility
• Joel Scott
• D. Ross Fisher
Raincoast Sketches (Of a Small Town)
• Margaret Durand
Salt Spring Island
• Patrick Shandley
A Corruption Born of Time
• Nela Leja
Our Lady and the Black Ox
Harrison Hot Springs
FIRST NATIONS WRITING
• Irene Lynxleg
Keesis’s Trimble Park Diary
• Yvonne Lattie
Past & Future Experience Of A Gitxsan Woman
• Susan Braley
The Imminence of Fracture
• Wendy Donawa
Sakura, Sakura (The Gorge Suite: A Cartography of Sorrow)