Parksville Qualicum Beach seniors invited to enter writing contest

It's the second year for the Cedric Literary Awards

  • Feb. 2, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural Cedric Literary Awards, B.C. writers of a certain age are once again being encouraged to submit their unpublished works of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry to this year’s competition.

Cedrics Executive Director Veronica Osborn said: “Unpublished B.C. writers aged 50 and better can submit their work between Feb. 1 and May 1 when the call for submissions will close. If last year’s competition is anything to go by, we know this year’s competition will attract a high level of interest in this first-in-Canada writing program.”

In its first year, The Cedric Literary Awards received 168 submissions, each vying for one of the $3,000 prizes awarded in four categories.

In addition to English-speaking writers, the awards program recognizes there are many writers who are writing in French. Similarly, the Cedrics received a number of manuscripts from First Nations writers last year; more will be welcome in 2016. Cedrics founder Peter Dale said: “We are changing the landscape of literary awards programs in Canada by providing a unique platform to recognize and reward unpublished English and French-speaking authors of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry, and First Nations writers, age 50 and better.”

Authors interested in taking part in the 2016 Cedric Literary Awards should log on to the website at: www.thecedrics.ca or e-mail

Veronica at vosborn@thecedrics.ca.

— Submitted by Brian Kieran

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