Call for Nominations for Carver Award for Emerging Writers

Nominate an emerging writer in the Kootenay/Boundary region for the 4th Annual Carver Award, presented by the Nelson and District Arts Council and the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

The award, which comes with a $500 prize, will be presented at Elephant Mountain Literary Festival's 100-Mile Gala in Nelson on July 7, 2016. 

The Nelson and District Arts Council founded the emerging writer award in honour of its former board member Richard Carver, a lover of the arts and the Kootenays, who passed away in 2009. Richard believed in creative endeavour for its own sake—with the process more important than the outcome. He was also generous with his encouragement. 

Nomination Criteria

  • New writer – someone just starting in their career
  • Creative/literary (not instructional, self-help)
  • Minimum one book published, maximum two books published or equivalent professional publishing, such as in anthologies or literary journals
  • Books that are self-published or professionally published are eligible
  • Kootenay/Boundary resident

Nomination Deadline

April 30, 2016

Submit a Nomination

Send an email to with the following information and with "Carver Award" in the subject line:

  • Name of nominator
  • Name of nominee
  • Writing discipline (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, teen, children’s, other)
  • Title(s)
  • Publisher (name of publisher)/self-published
  • Reason for nominating

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