Cash prizes offered in youth writing contest

By Contributor
January 13th, 2010

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) in partnership with Selkirk College are hosting free writing workshops on January 29 and 30 for those interested in submitting short stories to CBT’s SCRATCH Writing Challenge.

“The SCRATCH Writing Challenge is an opportunity for youth to take part in a creative writing experience that could lead to their work being published in a special Summer Reading Edition of CBT’s SCRATCH Magazine, as well as receiving cash prizes,” said Michelle d’Entremont, CBT Basin Youth Liaison. “To help guide participants with their submissions, we are fortunate to have students from the writing program at SelkirkCollege provide not only writing workshops, but to also serve as mentors and editors.”

The first free workshop will take place as a video conference on Friday, Jan. 29 from 1-3 p.m. PST at CBT offices located in Castlegar, Nakusp, Golden and Cranbrook.

The second free workshop will be held on Saturday, January 30 from noon to 3 p.m. PST in-person in Castlegar, Trail and Nelson. Details regarding venue locations will be provided upon registration. Registration for the workshops closes on January 25. Register early, as space is limited.

During the workshops, participants will learn about the elements of a well-written short story and how these elements will be applied during the evaluation of their short story submissions.

Launched in December, the SCRATCH Writing Challenge is an opportunity for youth to submit a 3,000-5,000 word fictional piece for the chance to win cash prizes and be published in a special edition of CBT’s SCRATCH Magazine – a glossy magazine distributed Basin-wide that promotes youth art and writing.

“These workshops are a great learning opportunity for an aspiring writer, and we are thankful for the support of Selkirk College in helping to make this Challenge successful and valuable to youth,” added d’Entremont.

To register for a workshop, email cbtyouth@cbt.org or call Michelle d’Entremont at 1.800.505.8998 by Monday, January 25, noon PST.

For SCRATCH Writing Challenge rules and guidelines, as well as additional resources to guide the writing experience, visit www.scratchonline.ca/challenge

CBT delivers economic, social, and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.

Categories: Arts and Culture


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