Kootenay Lit Comp News



2012 KLC & KYCWC Judges Announced

We’re thrilled to announce our line-up of judges for this year’s competition.


Fred Wah – KLC  Adult Poetry

Fred Wah was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan but grew up in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. He studied music and English literature at the University of British Columbia in the early 1960’s where he was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH. After graduate work in literature and linguistics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the State University of New York at Buffalo, he returned to the Kootenays in the late 1960’s where he taught at Selkirk College and was the founding coordinator of the writing program at David Thompson University Centre. After teaching poetry and poetics at the University of Calgary for many years, he now lives in Vancouver and is Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2012-13). 


Rita Moir – KLC Adult Creative Non-fiction

Rita Moir moved to Vallican in the Slocan Valley at age 23. She has worked as a reporter and playwright, produced radio documentaries, and written four books of creative non-fiction, including Survival Gear (Polestar, 1994), Buffalo Jump (Coteau, 1999), The Windshift Line (Greystone, 2005), and in 2011, from Sono Nis Press in Winlaw, The Third Crop, about the Slocan Valley. The Third Crop is one of the three selections for the 2012 One Book One Kootenay celebration. Rita has lived and/or worked in Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Sudbury, Minneapolis, Brandon, Freeport and Fargo.


Sioux Browning – KLC Adult Fiction

Sioux Browning is a screenwriter, story editor, poet and teacher of creative writing for UBC. Her produced screenplays have appeared on five Canadian television networks. Her literary work has been published in a number of journals and anthologies and has been short-listed for a Western Magazine Award for travel writing. She lives in an old house near the Rockies with her Sweetpea and some fuzzy quadrupeds.


Cyndi Sand-Eveland – KYCWC Gr 7-9 and Gr 10-12

Cyndi Sand-Eveland is the author to two novels. Her first novel, Dear Toni, was awarded the 2010 Silver Birch Express Award and nominated for numerous reader’s choice awards across Canada.  Dear Toni, was also selected by the Banks Street College of Education in NY as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2009 and by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre as one of the best books for children and teens. 

Her second novel, A Tinfoil Sky, was released in January of 2012 and has been widely re-viewed. She has worked with elementary aged children for many years as a teaching assistant and led storytelling and journal writing workshops. Cyndi has also worked as a freelance storyteller, children’s library assistant and sign language interpreter. When possible she takes the opportunity to travel throughout Can-ada visiting schools and libraries to read from her work. She cur-rently lives on a small farm near Nelson BC. Visit her website at: www.sand-eveland.ca 


“There’s a tremendous amount of writing going on in classrooms throughout the West Kootenays, and I am both honoured and ex-cited to be part of this event.” 

Reminder: This year’s competition deadline is 5pm, Nov. 10th
All entries and payments are online at www.kootenaylitcomp.com 

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