Rebecca Snow won third place in the 2015 Islands Short Fiction writing contest.

Rebecca Snow wins writing contest

PASS student takes third place in Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands short fiction contest

She may only be 16 years old, but Rebecca Snow of Parksville is well on her way to a career as a best selling author.

The PASS student recently won third place in the youth category of the 2015 Islands Short Fiction contest for her story Ethereal.

The contest, which is open to writers on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, is co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism.

Snow, who is a self-admitted book worm, said it was librarian Susan Pierce at the Parksville Library who encouraged her to enter the contest.

“She knows that I like writing because she read a couple of chapters of my stories and she said you should enter and I thought hey … that’s cool,” Snow said.

She spent several weeks writing the 1,500- word fantasy themed story which she said started in her imagination.

“I had the base for the ghost story but I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep it in my head or put it down on paper but I thought it might work for a short story because it is not very long and involved,” she explained.

In her short story, a man in his 20’s named Jeremiah finds a ring. When he goes to pick it up there is another guy named Daniel who turns out to be a ghost who is connected to the ring.  The ghost bullies Jeremiah to take him to see his fiancé for one last time. There is a supernatural theme that runs through her story and Snow said she has always enjoyed that genre.

“I have always like fantasy.  That is what I like to read and what I like to write.  That is just what happens in my head.”

Besides writing, Snow loves to read and currently her favourite author is Rick Riordan.

The New York Times best seller has created several successful book series and Snow said she would love to follow in his footsteps.

“It would be nice to be on the best seller list.  It would be amazing to have people who look up to me and enjoy my work.  That would be awesome.”

It was the first time Snow had entered a writing contest and she said she’ll enter more in the future. She won a $100 prize for her effort and of course made her mom very proud.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach council moves forward on comprehensive land-use plan for contentious parcel

March takes place in Qualicum Beach against development of ‘Greenbelt’ land

Parksville woman reaches quarter-finals of ‘Maxim’ magazine cover girl contest

Boldo advances through wildcard round; voting ends July 16

Ghost Light continues to shine at Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach

ECHO Players aim to recover revenue lost due to COVID-19 pandemic

Quacker of a conundrum: Case of the missing rubber duckies in Parksville

Couple hopes for return of their stolen yellow friends

COVID-19 pandemic estimated to lead to $2-million loss for RDN Transit

Regional District of Nanaimo has been seeing gradual rider increase since mid-May

21 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in B.C. as virus ‘silently circulates’ in broader community

Health officials urge British Columbians to enjoy summer safely as surge continues

Tough time for tree fruits as some B.C. farm products soar

Province reports record 2019 sales, largely due to cannabis

Nanaimo NightOwls will play ball under the lights next season

West Coast League baseball club unveils its team name

PHOTOS: Inside a newly-listed $22M mega-mansion on ALR land in B.C.

The large home, located on ALR land, is one of the last new mansions to legally be built on ALR land

‘Let’s all do a self-check’: Okanagan mayor reacts to racist vandalism targeting local family

Home of Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was targeted on evening of July 13

Province agrees to multimillion-dollar payout for alleged victims of Kelowna social worker

Robert Riley Saunders is accused of misappropriating funds of children — often Indigenous — in his care

Feds fund safe drug supply pilot program for Cowichan

The opioid overdose crisis continues to be one of the most serious public health crises

B.C. businessman David Sidoo gets 3 months behind bars for college admissions scam

Sidoo was sentenced for hiring someone take the SATs in place of his two sons

Thousands of dollars in stolen rice found in B.C. warehouse

Police raid seizes $75,000 in ‘commercial scale’ theft case

Most Read