The competition was a fixture of the literary community in the Kootenays from 2004 to 2016. It was initiated in 2004 by Pat Henman under the auspices of the Nelson and District Arts Council. Later it branched off on its own under the name Kootenay Writers Society. The competition did not run last year but is now being revived and expanded to include two new categories: Indigenous Writers and Newcomers. The new categories honor the history of our area and the native lands on which we live plus the new Canadians who have come to this country and are working hard to settle into life in Canada.
Winners will be announced in spring 2018. Winners receive cash prizes and possibly, depending on the number of responses, publication in a Winners Anthology or publication in an online anthology.
The Kootenay Writers Society gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program through the Regional District of Central Kootenay. Without this support the project would not have been possible. We are also grateful for the assistance of the Columbia Basin Trust for Literacy and Black Press Community News Media.