Contest open for local writers

Local writers have a chance to show their stuff. The Parkland Writer’s Alliance is hosting a writing contest and an evening of readings. ‘Food for Thought’ will take place at the Yorkton Public Library at May 25.

Dan Badowich with the Parkland Writer’s Alliance says the event is a way to get writers out and sharing their work in the community, as well as getting people to know that the Parkland Writers Alliance is there.

“Writing can get pretty lonely, sometimes members of the PWA are there for support and encouragement. We can turn a critical eye to a piece if a person is looking for publication.”

While there are limits on length, otherwise the categories are wide open. Badowich admits that this can be a disadvantage, since there are many different types of writing, but keeping it open and based on merit can encourage more people to join in. The wide open nature of the contest is a way to encourage people of varied interests to participate.

“Show me character, show me emotion, show me something I can take with me.”

Prizes are $50, $30, $20. The winners of the contest will also be published in Yorkton This Week.

Anyone who submits to the contest can participate in the readings, something that Badowich describes as a way to celebrate writing. While he admits that it can be intimidating to read in front of a crowd, it’s important to share work. That fits in with the overall goal of the group, which is to help local writers at whatever stage they might be at.

“We want to be supportive and provide encouragement.”

Entries will be accepted until March 11. There are a maximum of two entries per person, with a maximum word count of 1,000. Submissions may be sent electronically to dbadowich@yahoo.ca or they may be mailed. Submissions must be sent via email or conventional mail. They may also be dropped off at the front desk of the Yorkton Public Library. Entrants must ensure a contact name, phone number and email address accompany the submission.

The Parkland Writers Alliance has meetings on the first Wednesday of each month.

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