Kamloops writer takes second in Okanagan writing contest

Katie Welch of Kamloops has won second place in the Okanagan Short Story Contest.

Welch’s story, titled Saint Watching Over House About to Burn, landed her a $400 prize.

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Dania Tomlinson, UBC Okanagan creative writing program lecturer and past contest winner shared her thoughts on the story with UBC Okanagan.

“My favourite part about Welch’s second place story is the subtly apocalyptic setting paired with the narrator’s sometimes flowery language. This story takes many risks. It is like nothing I’ve ever read before,” Tomlinson said.

The first- and third-place finishers are both UBCO master of fine arts degree alumni. Erin Scott won $1,000 for first and Victoria Alvarez won $200 for third.

The Okanagan Short Story Contest has been held annually since 1997 and features writers of the B.C. Interior south of Williams Lake.

Welch joins the ranks of Kamloops writers recently placing in the contest alongside Thompson Rivers University professor Karen Hofmann, who has won the contest three times, and Cliff Hatcher.

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