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Islands Short Fiction Contest Awards Ceremony

Live-Streamed on YouTube,
May 1 at 2:00 pm PDT

Featuring the judge of the adult category, author Doretta Lau.

Ms. Lau will present the awards in the adult category, and read from her own work.

Doretta Lau, Author

The Islands Short Fiction Contest had a very strong response this year in all categories, more than doubling the total number of entries from the last time the contest was held in 2019, and attracting almost four times as many Junior and Youth entries.

The ceremony will feature author Doretta Lau, who will read from her own work and present the awards to the three top authors in the adult category. Ms.Lau is the author of the short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions, 2014) and the poetry chapbook Cause and Effect (The Vault, 2020). She is writing a comedic novel about an inept company struggling to open a theme park about death and an essay collection about navigating volcanoes, illness, and other enormities on the worst timeline.

The winners in all three categories will be asked to read excerpts from their stories, and, with the authors’ permission, the first, second and third-place stories from each category will be published on our website.

We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship and material assistance from Vancouver Island University’s Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, and especially Frank Moher, Sonnet L’Abbé, and Joy Gugeler; from the Vancouver Island Regional Library, especially Jen Seper, Junior Category Judge Peter Maguire, and Youth Category Judge Arija Fisher. Our thanks also go to the Nanaimo Foundation, and especially Laurie Bienert, for its support in reaching Junior and Youth applicants. We are extremely grateful for our core funding from the City of Nanaimo, and from the British Columbia Arts Council.


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