The 2023 Okanagan Young Writers’ Awards
Showcasing the Next Generation of Okanagan Writers
Submissions Accepted October 1 – November 24!
The beautiful Okanagan Valley has long inspired talented creatives from around the region. The Okanagan Young Writers’ Awards were founded to promote excellence in writing at the high school and early college level. Through this competition we hope to recognize outstanding writing achievement by the region’s youth aged 14-19! Submissions are accepted from October 10th until November 24th. Finalists will be announced January 5th and winners on January 15th! A story / poetry reading and signing will be facilitated by Okanagan Publishing House in early February.
A huge thanks goes out to our Okanagan Young Writers’ Awards judges for graciously volunteering their time and expertise! The judges that make up the 2023 Finalists Panel are:
We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions to the Okanagan Young Writers’ Awards as well as art and culture throughout the valley:
VERNON MORNING STAR
The Vernon Morning Star is a newspaper that has been operating out of Vernon, BC for over thirty years. A part of the Black Press Media, they form an integral part of the Okanagan community, bringing local news and interest to your mailbox or inbox.
OKANAGAN PUBLISHING HOUSE
Okanagan Publishing House is an independent publishing company based out of Kelowna, BC. They have supported arts and culture in the Okanagan region since 2014 and are the founding sponsor of the OYWAs.
“As a publishing house we draw our inspiration from the fine writers of this region. Our hope is that this competition engages the next generation of Okanagan creatives and encourages them to share their story with the world.”
THE TROPHY DEN
The Trophy Den is the Okanagan’s oldest awards and promotional products shop, and is located centrally in Kelowna, BC. They will be providing medallions for the 2023 OYWA winners.
“The Trophy Den is a locally owned and operated business that offers traditional and laser engraving services. We stock a large variety of awards, trophies, customizable drinkware, and other unique giftware. We pride ourselves on providing exemplary customer service that exceeds expectations.“