The Sooke region is home to a growing number of established and emerging writers. The Sooke Writers’ Collective will announce the winners of the annual Edward Milne Community School (EMCS) student writing contest and feature local literary talent in a live reading event at Sooke Region Museum on Sunday, May 28th.
Six winning entries from students in poetry and short fiction are included in the new book Write from Sooke – Sooke Writers’ Collective Anthology Four.
“Once again, there were many strong entries and our volunteer judges had a challenging time selecting winners from the talented student participants,” said Deb Clay, who coordinated the anthology’s production and contributed the book design. The annual writing contest is a tradition started by the Sooke Scribblers – the predecessor of the Sooke Writers’ Collective. Student winners receive cash prizes and publication in the annual anthology.
The live reading event will celebrate the student winners and showcase emerging and established writers of fiction, poetry, memoir, non-fiction and screenplay – all of whom write from Sooke. David Reichheld – a local author who recently received an award in the 2017 Island Short Fiction contest for the short story “Sombrio Beach” – will MC the event.
“Write from Sooke is an exciting collection of local works and we invite the public to join us at the launch and offer their congratulations to the student winners,” Clay added. “Authors who are not members of the Sooke Writers’ Collective are welcome to join us – bring some of your work to read!”
The local Sooke region features in the setting of many of the works in the 2018 anthology. In addition to the winning student entries, 15 local authors contributed poetry, memoir, short stories and more. Author and artist P. Pallot contributed the cover art.
Book launch details: Sunday, May 28th, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Sooke Region Museum pavilion. Free admission with complimentary coffee, tea and snacks.
The Sooke Writers’ Collective evolved from the Sooke Scribblers, founded by Shirley Skidmore. The collective continues the Scribblers’ tradition, beginning 10 years ago, of the annual student writing contest. Proceeds of anthology sales support future student writing contest prizes, a 2018 anthology and future writing events for the benefit of the community. The Sooke Writers’ Collective is grateful for the generous support of the Sooke Region Museum, Vancouver Island Regional Library Sooke Branch and our patrons: Meanwhile in Sooke, Sooke Night Market, Wize Whimzy, EarthWord Studios, EarthWord Creative, PLAN Contracting, Four Seasons Fishing Company, Dragonfly Whispers and Healing, Island Blueprint Printorium Bookworks and Saseenos Communications. Visit: www.sookewriters.com.