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Richard Carver (a former president of NDAC) moved to Nelson from Ottawa where he had worked for The Ottawa Citizen and after that had a distinguished career with the National Library for twenty years. After moving to Nelson in 2001, he found a community where he could explore his own passions of writing and painting while serving as a cultural volunteer and support of many young artists in the community. Carver died suddenly in 2009.

The Nelson District Arts Council is proud to honour Carver’s contributions to the Kootenay arts scene as it recognizes an emerging writer–one who has self-published one to two books (or through a small publisher)–with the Richard Carver Award. The recipient must be a West Kootenay resident and the published work can be of any genre.

Nominations must include name and contact information for both the nominator and the nominee, writing discipline (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, teen, children’s, etc), titles of published works and their publishers, and a paragraph outlining the reason for the nomination.

Nominations and inquiries may be sent to: president@ndac.ca with “Carver Award” in the subject line. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2017.

Past Recipients

2013 – Darcee O’hearn

2014- Jane Byers

2015- Susan Dancer and Avi Silberstein

2016- Donna MacDonald and Alanda Greene

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