Writing Award for Edmonton Seniors

Posted on January 25 2016


Award prizes of $500 available for senior writers

The Strathcona Place Seniors Society is seeking entries for the 2016 edition of the John W. Bilsland Award. Inaugurated last year to celebrate and foster the creativity of older writers, the award was received with enthusiasm, attracting some 175 entries.

Writers aged 55 years and older who live in the Greater Edmonton Area are eligible to submit work to be considered for this year’s award.  Prizes of $500 will be awarded in each of three categories: short fiction, short non-fiction and poetry.

The deadline for award submissions is April 22, 2016.

For entry rules and regulations, and to download an entry form, go to www.strathconaplace.com. Entry forms are also available at the Strathcona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Avenue. For further information email JackBilslandAward@gmail.com.

John W. Bilsland, MA (British Columbia), PhD. (Toronto), is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Alberta. In addition to his 30-year professional teaching career, as a volunteer he has taught creative writing at the Strathcona Place Senior Centre for 25 years. During that time seniors who have attended his classes produced more than 20 publications, including books.

Strathcona Place Seniors Centre has been serving older adults in south Edmonton for 43 years, providing a range of social and recreational programs.


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