Writers festival announces readers, contest

This year the Elora Writers’ Festival is cele­brating its 15th anniversary – and presents a roster of writing talent.

On June 7, the festival will play host to six writers: Nino Ricci, Anthony De Sa, Sandra Sabatini, Andrew Hood, Susan­na Kearsley, and Jill Battson

The Elora Writers’ Festival has been celebrating fine Cana­dian writing since 1994. Its intimate and unique setting has made the festival a sought-after venue for both authors and book lovers alike.

Readings are $15; readings and dinner at Drew House are $60 per person, with  tax and gratuity included.

Tickets are available at Rox­anne’s Reflections Book & Card Shop, 152 St. Andrew St. West, or phone: 519-843-4391.

Writers wanted

The festival invites entries for its sixth annual writing com­petition. This year, writers are encouraged to pursue any theme that sparks their imagi­nation.

Once again, age categories include adult, young adult (ages 13 to 19) and junior (age 12 and under).

Prizes for first, second, and third place in each age category will be awarded for poetry (one to three poems, 75 lines maximum) and short story or personal essay (2,000 words maximum).

An exciting addition to the competition is the One Act Play category, initiated and support­ed by the Elora Arts Council and the Elora Community The­atre.

The deadline for submis­sions is May 8.

Entries should be mailed to Jean Mills, Elora Writers’ Festival Writing Competition, 1 Darren Place, Guelph ON N1H 6J2. An entry fee of $10 is required in the adult prose and poetry categories only.

Winners will be announced at the Elora Writers’ Festival on June 7.

For more information, the Elora Arts Council website includes links to an entry form and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Go to www.­artscouncil.elora.on.ca for com­petition details.