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Call for Nominations: Richard Carver Award 2016

The Nelson and District Arts Council and Elephant Mountain Literary Festival request assistance in nominating emerging writers in Kootenay communities for the 4rd Annual Carver Award, which comes with a $500 cash prize and presentation at the Festival’s 100-Mile Gala in Nelson on July 7, 2016.


-New writer – someone just starting in their career
-Creative/literary (not instructional, self-help)
-Minimum one book published, maximum two books published or equivalent professional publishing, such as in anthologies or literary journals
-Books that are self-published or professionally published are eligible
-Kootenay/Boundary resident

Deadline for nominations: April 30, 2016

To: [email protected] Please have “Carver Award” in the subject line.

Nominations are to include:

-Name of nominator
-Name of nominee
-Writing discipline (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, teen, children’s, other)
-Publisher (name of publisher)/self-published
-Reason for nominating

Richard Carver was a lover of the arts and the Kootenays, and he was invested in the community. He was a mover and shaker on the board of the Nelson and District Arts Council, the primary sponsor of this award named in his honour. Richard believed in creative endeavour for its own sake—with the process more important than the outcome. He was also generous with his encouragement. After Richard passed away in 2009, the Arts Council founded this award.

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