Chemainus author wins second Cedric

Joel Scott, from Chemainus, said he was surprised to win an award for the second year in a row at the 2016 Cedric Literary Awards

Joel Scott, from Chemainus, said he was surprised to win an award for the second year in a row at the 2016 Cedric Literary Awards, held in Victoria on Oct. 15.

Scott, 76, took home a $3,000 prize for his work of fiction, a short story called Jack.

The author also won the fiction prize in last year’s inaugural Cedric Literary Awards, for writers who are at least 50 years old, for his novel Arrows Flight.

Jack is about an elderly man who takes a two-week charter tour of the south Pacific where he has to make some life choices.

“I certainly didn’t expect to win a prize at the awards two years in a row,” Scott said from his Chemainus home.

“But the $3,000 certainly helps and the publicity will give Jack and my other works more exposure, and that a good thing.”

Awards founder Dr. Peter Dale said the most important focus of The Cedric Literary Awards is to recognize, celebrate and encourage emerging mature writers, age 50 and better, who have the benefit of living through some of the most important changes in our society.

The awards executive director Veronica Osborn congratulated this year’s Cedric award winners.

“In response to the success of the competition in its first two years, we have decided to include writers from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon in the 2017 call for submissions,” she said.

“This is a first step towards expanding the competition to the rest of Canada by 2020.”

The next call for submissions will be Feb. 1, 2017.

Writers interested in entering next year’s competition are invited to refer to the website at: www.thecedrics.ca for more information, or email vosborn@thecedrics.ca