Three mature and emerging unpublished BC writers were each presented with a $3,000 award at a special reception held in Victoria on October 15, 2016.
The winners of the 2016 Cedric Literary Awards include Joel Scott (fiction, Chemainus), Sidney Harris (First Nations writing, Victoria) and Beth Hawkes (non-fiction, Salt Spring Island). In the poetry category, Michelle Doege (Vernon) and Lynne Mustard (Victoria) both received $500 to be put toward writer coaching.
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 1, 2017. Writers interested in entering next year’s competition are invited to refer to www.thecedrics.ca for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org