For Immediate Release: October 31, 2018
The Federation of British Columbia Writers has announced that writer Ariana Townsend is the winner of its Flash Prose contest. Ariana is currently studying English through BYU-Idaho and has previously studied creative writing with the University of Alberta. She lives in northern Alberta, where her physical and emotional winters are often long and difficult.
The Flash Prose contest was judged by Jane Munro, Griffin Prize-winning poet. She had this to say about the winning prose piece: “Humans don’t hibernate. Or, do we? ‘Bury Me’ is a convincing portrait of a woman numbed and slowed. She can’t even say, ‘wait for me, I’ll come out soon.’ Brain, like the rest of the body, lacks volition. Why does this resonate? It does. And we know, reading Ariana Townsend’s flash prose- a fact about it that’s not stated: it’s making use of lived experience. Maybe not every detail. But, enough. So ... is there value for us in whatever passes as human hibernation? Have body and/or mind – without willing to do so - let go of fear? Healed a wound? She’s writing well. Did hibernation help?”
The winning entry will be published in the upcoming issue of the FBCW’s magazine WordWorks, circulated in print and available online at bcwriters.ca.
The winner was chosen from a short list of writers announced previously:
Ariana Townsend: Bury Me
Martha Warren: Wake Me
Edythe Anstey Hanen: Shelter Me
Bill Engleson: Winter Road Song
Coranne Creswell: Untethered
Visit https://bcwriters.ca for information about our upcoming Literary Writes Poetry contest and more. For more information contact email@example.com