Brentwood Bay writer makes the cut in literary competition

Island writers dominate in Cedric competition for writers 50-plus.

VICTORIA — Writers from Vancouver Island and Salt Spring are well represented amongst 11 midlife emerging B.C. writers who have had their unpublished manuscripts recognized for the 2016 Cedric Literary Awards.

More than 120 manuscripts, including two written in French, were received from writers aged 50 or better from across British Columbia in this year’s writing competition, in the categories of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, and First Nations Writing.

Included on this year’s awards short list is Brentwood Bay author C. Janis Manchur. Manchur’s Sea Island Patrol has been listed in the Creative Non-Fiction category.

“The Cedric Literary Awards are changing the landscape of writing competitions in Canada, by providing a unique platform to recognize and reward unpublished mature and emerging writers of prose and poetry,” said Awards Executive Director Veronica Osborn.

“As I was with last year’s competition, I am greatly impressed by the depth of writing talent that exists among B.C.’s seniors.”

Each of this year’s category winners will be presented with a $3,000 prize at an afternoon reception to be held at The Union Club of British Columbia in Victoria on Saturday, Oct. 15.

In addition, two poets will receive a special commendation for their work.

The Cedric Literary Awards exclusively support writers in the 50+ demographic, the most under-served and under-recognized segment of our population; those unable to invest the time and energy needed to build their talent while they were busy raising families, and working.

Since its inception, the writing competition has attracted more than 300 participants from every region of British Columbia.

For more information, visit the website at: or email Veronica at

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