Sharpen your metaphorical pencils – time is running out to enter the The Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival writing contest.
A popular feature of the festival that will run May 16 to 18 at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort, entries in the adult contest must be submitted by Monday, March 3.
A second contest for youths is held specifically to encourage young writers early, with the hope that they will continue to develop their skills.
The deadline for entries in the youth contest is April 17 and prizes will be awarded on Saturday, May 17 at the festival.
Festival president Kay Johnston is delighted that Askew’s Foods, who has contributed with in-kind and cash donations since the festival began in 2004, has become the exclusive platinum sponsor of the 2014 writing contest.
“I… was impressed at what the association did to encourage young and emerging writers. We are a company that likes to support our community and, in particular, opportunities for young people to explore their talents,” said Askew’s Foods CEO, Dean Olynik.
The Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival is the major annual event of the Shuswap Association of Writers (SAW). Founded in 2003, SAW is a non-profit, volunteer organization and a registered society.
This year’s stellar slate includes bestselling authors Diana Gabaldon, Gail Anderson Dargatz, CC Humphreys and Gary Geddes, among others, who will lead workshops, master classes and a panel discussion.
For more details on the festival and submission guidelines for the contests, visit www.saow.ca.