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Kootenay Literary Competition is now open

October 29th, 2011

There is chaos in the literary community.

The Kootenay Literary Competition is now open and the theme this year for the adult competition is “chaos” in all its forms.

This annual writing event is open to all writers in the entire Kootenay region. This year there will two distinct competitions: one for adults and another just for youth.

Youth can enter the Grades 10-12 category or Grades 7-9 category.

Grades 10-12 should use the following first line: “It wasn’t that I meant for it to happen.”

Young people Grades 7-9 but must include the following words in their piece: “tricks,” “17 cents” and “sweet” in their writing.

Adults can enter in four categories: fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and emerging writer.

There will be great cash prizes and an awards ceremony, winners readings, and free food.

Prizes range from $50 up to $200 depending on the category.

Competition Details

The 2011 entry fees are as follows:

  • $35 for each submission in the adult competition (four categories)
  • $15 for each submission in the youth competition (two age categories)
  • Information, rules, category descriptions, details and entry forms will be available on the website


Maximum 3,000 words in the adult competition and 2,500 in the youth competition. Submissions must be submitted in standard competition format.

A submission format template is available on the website. Submissions must be submitted electronically, with entry fees received by mail, before the submissions is considered.

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 to no later than 5 pm on Nov. 15.

Entry fees, with a copy of the entry form, should be mailed (or dropped off) to:

  • Mint Agency, Suite # 6 – 560 Baker Street, Nelson, BC V1L 4H9

For complete information on the competition, entry forms, entry fees and how to submit, visit the KLC website or email or contact KLC committee member, Kathy Hartley at

Winners in each of the categories will be announced at the KLC awards ceremony and celebration planned for early 2012.

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