Finalists Announced for Okanagan Young Writers’ Awards

The Okanagan Publishing House is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2023 Okanagan Young Writers’ Awards. This annual contest aims to celebrate the talent and creativity of young writers in the Okanagan and Similkameen area.

The submissions for this year’s awards were outstanding, with over 40 entries from students ages 14-19 across 20 different schools. After careful consideration, the judging panel has chosen the following finalists in the poetry and short story categories:

Poetry:
– Ruby Leavitt, J.L. Crowe Secondary
– Noemie Shirrer, Okanagan Mission Secondary
– Courtney Westfall, Kelowna Secondary
– Lucy Witteman, W.L. Seaton Secondary
– Ray Davie, Kelowna Secondary
– Alice Melikhanov, Heritage Christian Online
– Savannah Corcoran, Vernon Secondary

Short story:
– Jaidyn Danyluk, Jackson Secondary
– Anna Beyer, W.L. Seaton Secondary
– Selynn Choo, Vernon Secondary
– Ray Davie, Kelowna Secondary
– Alice Melikhanov, Heritage Christian Online
– Rory Macpherson, George Elliot Secondary
– Betty Rempel, Charles Bloom Secondary

These talented young writers will have their work published digitally and in print by Okanagan Publishing House as part of the Best of the 2023 OYWA Collection. The proceeds from the sales of this collection will go towards next year’s competition, ensuring that future young writers have the opportunity to showcase their skills.

The winners will not only have their work published, but they will also receive a cash scholarship provided by The Vernon Morning Star. Additionally, The Trophy Den will award medallions to the top three writers in each category. These exceptional writers will also have the chance to participate in a public reading hosted by Okanagan Publishing House in February.

Congratulations to all the finalists of the Okanagan Young Writers’ Awards. Your talent and dedication to the craft of writing are truly inspiring. We can’t wait to see what you’ll accomplish in the future!

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