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Presenting Whistler, by pen



The Whistler Writers Group, better known to most as the Vicious Circle, is launching a new series of writing awards with $2,500 in cash prizes.

The Whistler Select Writing Awards debuts this year, with three categories of awards: Whistler Features, Whistler Untold, and the Postcard Jam. Respectively, the three categories recognize the best published journalism that features Whistler, the best telling of an untold local story, and the best undiscovered work of fiction from the Whistler region.

“We’re launching this awards series to celebrate craft, community, place and perspective, which we believe are the key ingredients required to cook up a great story,” said Lisa Richardson, coordinator of the awards. “And we’re thrilled to have the support of local businesses like Whistler-Blackcomb, Watermark Communications, and Pique Newsmagazine . It’s really exciting to launch this recognition of great writing through a partnership between the tourism, arts and business communities in Whistler.”

With a total of $2,500 to be awarded, the new Whistler Select Writing Awards boast one of the largest cash prizes ever offered in the field of travel writing.

The winner of the Whistler Features category will receive $1,000 for their piece of published journalism featuring Whistler that has appeared in a print magazine or newspaper between Aug. 15, 2007 and Aug. 15, 2008.

The best piece of non-fiction writing under 2,000 words that presents a new tale, twist or character from Whistler to the rest of the world, or provides a new and creative take on a Whistler story, will receive $1,000, as well.

Finally, $500 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions in the Postcard Jam category. These stories must be no longer than 300 words and should not have appeared in print before. The top three stories will be published in Pique Newsmagazine and the winner will be invited to read their piece alongside guest writers at the Whistler Writers and Readers Festival, Sept. 12-13.

Submissions should be sent to xxx@theviciouscircle.ca by Monday, Aug. 25.


Writer in residence


In addition to their generous new writing awards, the Vicious Circle will also be holding their Writer in Residence program during the month of September.

Canadian author, Candas Jane Dorsey, will be meeting with a group of 10 writers from Sept. 1 to 30, offering up advice and guidance through one-on-one sessions and weekly group workshops.

Stella Harvey, Director of the Writer in Residence program, explained that they look for a well-rounded writer to help participants expand and improve their abilities.

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