Winners’ Celebration and anthology launch

Black Bear Review Launch Party and KLC Literary Competition winners’ celebration will be held:

Thursday, April 19 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Expressions Theatre Cafe

554 Ward Street, Nelson

Join us on Thursday, April 19th for a celebration of up-and-coming local writers at the Black Bear Review launch party, featuring readings from the current issue and from this year’s winners of the Kootenay Literary Competition. The KLC Winner’s anthology will be available that night as well. Each winner is eligible to receive 2 complementary copies and additional copies will be available for sale.

Doors at 7:00 / Readings at 7:30

Refreshments will be available.

Admission by donation. All proceeds go to the Black Bear Review, an independent magazine edited and designed by Selkirk College Creative Writing and Digital Arts students

Winners Announced!

Kootenay Writers Society

Announces the Winners of the Kootenay Literary Competition 2018

February 26, 2018

Writers from the West and East Kootenay areas submitted exciting, fresh work in 5 categories.

We received 34 submissions from all over the Kootenay area; some from as far away as Invermere, Kimberley and Grand Forks. The judges were looking for originality, creativity, as well as just plain good writing. There were several interesting submissions in the New Canadians Category but the other new Category added this year, Indigenous Writers, saw no entries unfortunately. This was disappointing to both the Organizing Committee and to our judge, Jordan Abel, who was looking forward to encouraging some new voices in that field. We had good submissions in the other categories and we would particularly like to commend the two young writers who won the Youth Category. Well done.

The winners are:


First prize: “Seed Saving our Family Tree” by Marte Stuart, Nelson

Second prize: “I Will Remember” by Ron Robinson, Nelson


First prize: “The Sudden Sorrowful Death…” by Bill Macpherson, Harrop

Second prize: “The Gloaming” by Alan Ross, Burton


First prize: “The Art of Ironing” by Jana Danniels, Nelson

Second prize: “More Than Just My Mother’s Daughter” by Cindy McCallum Miller, Castlegar

New Canadians

First prize: “About an Unforgettable Gift” by Elisabeth von Ah, Slocan

Second prize: “A New Beginning” by Wilhelmina Triveri, Grand Forks


First prize: “Strong” by Bethany Pardoe, Nelson

Second prize: “The Seamstress” by Alaska R Hoskins, Castlegar

Winners receive cash prizes and e-publication as part of Selkirk College’s Black Bear Review. Each winner will also receive two copies of a print edition of the anthology.

Our sincere thanks to all the wonderful writers who submitted and to our hard working judges: Avi Silberstein, Patti Humphries, Vivien Bowers and Joan Exley.

On a sadder note we regret to announce that the KLC Organizing Committee is disbanding. The Competition was a fixture of the literary community in the Kootenays from 2004 to 2018. Originally it ran under the auspices of the Nelson and District Arts Council then under the Kootenay Writers Society. However, due to a lack of active volunteer support we are unable to continue this event.

There are many other literary competitions on a provincial or national level and we hope that Kootenay writers continue to produce exciting work and continue to submit their work elsewhere. It has been an honour to work with so many talented writers from across the Kootenays over the years.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 competition. Best of luck for future success.

Anthology of the winning entry is at the printer’s now. Each winner will receive 2 complimentary copies. Please get in touch with us by email if you are interested in ordering additional copies.


The Kootenay Writer’s Society JUST announced the opening of the Kootenay Literary Competition 2018. Submissions will be accepted beginning October 1, 2017 with a final deadline of January 15, 2018. This year’s theme is “Origins”.


Writers from the West Kootenay area are welcome to submit in any of the following categories:


  1. Youth – any genre (grade 9 – 12)
  2. Adult Poetry
  3. Adult Fiction or Personal Non-fiction
  4. Newcomers Category (new to Canada)
  5. Indigenous Writers Category