Local writers encouraged to tell their true animal stories

Quesnel Friends of the Library launch writing contest for established and emerging writers

Lots of scope for true animal stories in the Friends of the Library writing contest.

Those of you who enjoy putting pen to paper (or computer) take notice there’s a writing contest currently in Quesnel and surrounding area where both youth and adults can exercise their literary creativity.

“Quesnel has several writers in the community and we wanted to encourage emerging writers to share their talent,” Quesnel and District Community Arts Council’s Bernice Heinzelman said.

“We selected true animal stories as the topic because it seemed perfect for our region.”

Within the topic of true animal stories, writers can choose either humorous, thriller or inspirational for the subject. Stories can be no more than 500 words.

There are two categories, youth (12 – 18 years old) or adult (19+) and only one entry per person.

Registration forms are available at Quesnel Library, Arts and Rec Centre, Bliss Restaurant, Literacy Quesnel, off the website: www.quesnelarts.ca or Facebook page quesnelarts, or call Bernice, 250-747-1727.

Deadline for entries is April 5 and stories may be dropped off at the Arts and Recreation Centre, or mailed to Quesnel and District Community Arts Council care of the Arts and Recreation Centre, 500 North Star Rd., Quesnel, B.C. V2J 5P6.

There are six prizes of $40 each which will be presented at the library April 23 at 7 p.m. during Arts and Culture Week.

Authors will be asked to read their stories during this event. The public is invited to attend and their will be refreshments.

The stories will also be published in the Cariboo Observer after the event.

The writing contest is sponsored by Friends of the Quesnel Library, Quesnel Wordspinners, Quesnel Literacy and Quesnel and District Community Arts Council.