3-hour Short Story Contest Registration

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2017 Three-hour Short Story Contest

When: TBA.

Where: All four Okanagan College campuses. Kelowna: Room TBA; Salmon Arm: Room TBA; Penticton: Room TBA; Vernon: Room TBA.

Who can enter: Okanagan College students and Grade 11 and 12 high school students.

How: Register using the online form below.

Registration is open until midnight on TBA.

Are You Ready for the Challenge?

Three hours - 180 minutes - worth of words and imagination poured forth into a heartless keyboard to create a story.

Win great prizes!

Four regional winners (one per campus) each get a $250 Okanagan College tuition credit.

Grand Prize: The overall winner (judges' choice selected from the four regional winners) will receive an additional $250tuition credit (total $500) and have their short story published in a limited fine-press edition by Kalamalka Press.

The Official Contest Rules

  1. Stories must use a secret word, phrase, object, or event, to be revealed at the beginning of the contest.
  2. Stories must be written on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, between 1 and 4 p.m, on Okanagan College computers in the computer lab designated at one of the four locations (in Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton).
  3. No outside sources are allowed. Anyone caught using outside sources, either online or hard copy, will be disqualified.
  4. English Department Faculty from Okanagan College will judge the stories.
  5. Judging will be blind; names of contestants will not appear on stories.
  6. All entries may be published on the website and used by Okanagan College for promotional purposes.
  7. One winning story will be selected from entries at each of the four campuses. One of these will also win First Prize overall.
  8. Open to Okanagan College students and high school students in Grades 11 and 12.
  9. Employees of Okanagan College are not eligible.

What's Next: When you register, you'll receive a confirmation e-mail. Closer to the day of the contest, we'll send you specifics about what to expect, including the room location.


Past Winners

2016 Overall Winner: Kelowna: Pip Dryden "This Time" (OC)

2016 Regional Winners

Salmon Arm: Adam Lauze "About Otters"
Mirka Yargeau "Diner Dive"
Pip Mamo Dryden "This Time"
Penticton: Daniel Greene "Splat"

2015 Overall Winner: Vernon: Daniel Greene "Watercolours" (OC)

2015 Regional Winners

Salmon Arm: Amy Nicholson "The Legend of Mr. Mustache" (King's Christian School)
Daniel Greene "Watercolours" (OC)
Kirsten Kvaale "I Heard" (OC)
Marina Meyer "Mother" (OC)

2014 Overall Winner: Penticton: Jesse Frechette “Lost Control” (OC)

2014 Regional Winners

Salmon Arm: Kyle Phillips “A Small Victory” (OC)
Daniel Reich “Time Moves Quickly” (OC)
Sarina Bouvier “Run-Run-Run” (Kelowna Secondary School)
Jesse Frechette “Lost Control” (OC)

2013 Overall Winner: Kelowna: Mary Bevan “The Use in Usefulness” (OC)

2013 Regional Winners

Salmon Arm: Amelia Moore “The Silent Road Trip” (Salmon Arm Secondary)
Carley Dolman “Kella the Seer” (OC)
Kelowna (and overall) winner:
Mary Bevan “The Use in Usefulness” (OC)
Gwyneth Meghan Steele “Sunlit Memories” (OC)

2012 Overall Winner: Salmon Arm: “Cat's Cradle” by Samantha Wex (Salmon Arm Secondary)

2012 Regional Winners

Salmon Arm: Samantha Wex “Cat's Cradle” (Salmon Arm Secondary)
Casey Hesketh “Drowning Emily” (Charles Bloom Secondary School)
Valerie Scott “Her Special Day” (Okanagan College)
Tricia Highley “Ruby Tuesday” (Okanagan College)

2011 Overall Winner: Penticton: Gwenellen Tarbet – “The Hudson’s Bay Blanket

2011 Regional Winners

Salmon Arm: Katherine Goertz “This Is the Way” 
Karen Bissenden “Three Points
Joe Dermo “Bank Robber
Gwenellen Tarbet “The Hudson’s Bay Blanket

2010 Overall Winner: Salmon Arm: Shvaugn Craig "Poppies and Leaves"

2010 Regional Winners

Salmon Arm: Shvaugn Craig "Poppies and Leaves
Jessica Zotto "Booster Cables"
Laura Savole "Wednesday Night at St. Augustine"
Jon Pelletier "Untitled"

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I am a student in Grade 11, Grade 12 or attending Okanagan College
I understand and accept all contest rules and regulations. All material provided to Okanagan College as a portion of my submission is original and/or rights-free. It does not represent any copyright infringement. Okanagan College has rights to reproduction for promotional purposes. Click the box to signify your agreement and acceptance.

Click submit to complete your registration. 
See you on Nov. 5.