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Entries open for second annual edition of award celebrating literary excellence of senior writers

Saturday March 12 , 2016

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. Award judges included local authors Alice Major, Theresa Shea and Todd Babiuk, who was also its honorary chair. Winners were announced at a highly successful gala dinner and awards presentation.

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.

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 have 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.

The deadline for award submissions is April 22, 2016. For entry rules and regulations, and to download an entry form, go to Entry forms are also available at the Strathcona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Avenue. For further information email