And the winner is . . .

Youth Writing Contest winner

Chelsea Comeau impresses Valerie B.-Taylor award judges with her short story “Daniel”

Chelsea Comeau is a writer whose work has appeared in Quills and CV2. In 2014 she attended the Banff Centre’s Writing With Style Programme with Lorna Crozier, and she attends annual retreats in Honeymoon Bay with Patrick Lane. In January 2015, she was chosen as the Canadian winner of Leaf’s Press’ Overleaf chapbook contest.

Now she can add the Federation of BC Writers’ 2015 Youth Writing Contest to her growing list of literary credentials. We have a feeling Chelsea will be a young writer to watch in the coming years – and to read. Her winning entry “Daniel” will be published in the Spring edition of WordWorks Magazine, which comes out late March.

To all the entrants in this years contest, congratulations! The judges were impressed with the originality or your ideas and the quality of your work. We hope you will keep on writing and submitting your stories.

It Doesn’t Matter How Slow You Go

Deep thoughts from the talented and amazing Jen Ryan . . .

Deep Thoughts or, Like, Whatever

“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” – Confuscius. Probably. The Internet says it’s him – though there is some contention over whether he said ‘slow’ or ‘slowly’ – and I’m just going to go with that, because I like the quote and I don’t really care who said it first. It goes well with my ‘keep moving forward’ mantra.

So, what’s so great about this quote? It gives you permission to be gentle with yourself, while still encouraging you to get ‘er done. Being gentle with yourself is paramount; beating yourself up and jeopardizing your well-being will NOT get you where you want to go. Ever.

That said, you still want to get where you’re going, which brings us to the matter of not stopping. Eyes on the prize, people! You just don’t have to rush. It truly isn’t a race…

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