GANDER, N.L. — Kate Brown of Gander is thrilled to be one of four winners in the Prose, age 15 & under category of the 2018 Arts and Letters Awards.
Her 700 word story ‘Drifting Memories’ was her first-ever entry in the province-wide competition.
“I'd heard of the competition before, but this year was the first time I entered,” the 15-year-old said. “I've always loved reading and writing, but I really started to get involved in recent years, around the time I entered junior high.”
According to Kate, winning was an “exciting and humbling” surprise, a feeling that was amplified in reading the other entries and in attending the Awards ceremony on May 5 at The Rooms in St. John’s.
“It was pretty amazing getting to look at all the work that came from across the island,” she said. “All the pieces I saw were remarkable, and I am grateful I got to be a part of it all.”
Kate writes in a variety of genres, including fantasy, comedy, and romance, but mostly she explores any stories that occur to her.
“Sometimes an idea will just pop up, and I'll take it where it leads me,” she said. “The story I wrote for the Arts and Letters had a more serious undertone than my typical writing, but it was fun and interesting to work with.”
Kate intends to enter the Arts and Letters Award competition again, and she would like to see more people participate.
“I'd definitely encourage others to try out for contests like the Arts and Letters,” she said. “I think competitions like that really need some more participants, and while some get deterred by the title of 'competition', I think it's a great way to challenge yourself.”
The Arts and Letters Awards
The Arts and Letters Awards include prizes for Prose, Poetry, Music, Visual Art, Digital Multimedia, as well as other artistic disciplines. Each category is divided into Junior and Senior Divisions which are judged separately.
The Junior Prose Division received 27 entries, of which eight winners were selected in total, four of those were ages 15 and under, four were ages 16-20.
Each winner in the Junior Prose Division received a $350 prize.
To find out more about the Arts and Letters Awards, please see http://www.tcii.gov.nl.ca/artsculture/artsandletters/. To read an excerpt from Kate Brown’s story, please see http://www.tcii.gov.nl.ca/artsculture/artsandletters/2018/junior_prose_2018.html