Start the Revolution

Wordsmiths, uncap your inkwells and sharpen your quills: The Kootenay Literacy Competition is open.

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000206 EndHTML:0000007290 StartFragment:0000002867 EndFragment:0000007254 SourceURL:file://localhost/Volumes/Cranbrook_Server/Stories/1-09:07:12%20stories/klc_for_valley.txtIt’s time for a revolution in writing! The Kootenay Literary Competition and its youth division, the Kootenay Youth Creative Writing Competition, is now open.

This popular annual writing event is open to all writers in the entire Kootenay region. For adults, this year’s theme is “revolution” and should be explored in their original work. Adults may enter in three categories: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, and Poetry.

For youth, Grades 7-9 must use the words “riddle”, “domino” and any form of the verb “to skulk”, somewhere in their work; Grades 10-12 must use the phrase “there was only one thing to do” somewhere in their work.

2012 will be the most exciting year yet, with larger cash prizes, lower entry fees, publication in the KLC anthology for all winners, writing workshops, a draw prize for emerging writers, and a special bonus prize for all youth winners. Our annual awards ceremony and celebration will feature winner’s readings, free desserts, and a very special guest performer and speaker – spoken word poet Sheri-D Wilson.

The full judge list for 2012 has not been confirmed but the KLC committee is thrilled to announce that Fred Wah, Canada’s Poet Laureate, will be judging the adult poetry category and the 2012 One Book One Kootenay winner, Rita Moir, will return to judge the adult Creative Non-Fiction category.

Prizes range from $100 up to $500 depending on the category. There will also be a draw prize for a $100 bookstore gift certificate for all adult emerging writers.

As a bonus, this year, all youth winners will be eligible to attend a weekend youth creative writing workshop, to be held in Nelson, BC, in the spring of 2013 (details to be announced). This prize also includes meals and two nights acommodation for the winners, and one parent or legal guardian, at the Hume Hotel.

Competition Details

The 2012 Entry Fees are as follows:

$25 for each submission in the Adult competition (3 Categories)

$10 for each submission in the Youth competition (2 Age Categories)

Full information, rules, category descriptions, details, entry and payment is available on our website  For up to the minute announcements, writers can sign up for our email newsletter. KLC can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter @Kootenaylitcomp.


Maximum 3,000 words in the adult competition and 2,500 in the youth competition, 40 lines maximum for poetry.  Entry  is through our online form and payment through our secure Paypal account. Visit the rules page on our website for full details.

Writers may submit in more than one category but each submission must be accompanied by a separate entry form and fee. All submissions must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on November 10th, 2012.

For complete information on the competition, entry forms, entry fees, and how to submit, visit the KLC website or email

Winners in each of the categories will be announced at the KLC Awards Ceremony and Celebration is January 18, 2013.

Submitted by

the Nelson Writers Society and the

Kootenay Literary Competition Committee

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