The 2019 Islands Short Fiction Awards will be presented on Saturday, April 27th in Nanaimo. Co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, the contest this year received 127 entries over three categories: Adult (writers 19 and over), Youth (writers 13 to 18), and Junior (writers 12 and under). Judge of the Adult category is award-winning novelist and short fiction writer, and retired VIU Creative Writing professor, Stephen Guppy. Lee Losell, Children’s Librarian at the Nanaimo Harbourfront branch of the VIRL, is the Youth judge, while Nathan McKay, Children’s Librarian at the Qualicum Beach branch, judges the Junior category. Over $2200 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

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