A young Golden writer got regional recognition for a short story she entered into the 2014 Kootenay Literary Competition.
Zoey Lowe came in second place for the Youth Grades 7-9 category for her story The Cold.
“It’s about a kid who is locked in his room, and it’s cold because he’s snowed in,” said Lowe.
“But later in the story it’s revealed that he’s actually in a coma.”
Lowe has been writing stories for years, and has quite a few completed pieces in her collection. But this is the first time she has entered and won an organized competition.
After she learned about the Kootenay Literary Competition through school, she began writing her story on her own time, with no outside help (aside from a proofread from her mom).
“There were some slight guidelines in the competition, certain words that had to be included, but it was pretty open. And the idea just came to me,” she said.
Although Lowe very much enjoys writing, she is not sure she wants to pursue it professionally when she’s older.
“I think I’d like to just keep it as a hobby,” she said.
Having said that, she still plans to continue writing, entering competitions, and hopes to have something published as an adult.
Lowe wasn’t able to make it to Nelson for the awards ceremony, but she was sent a certificate, a $100 cash prize, and a copy of the anthology in which her story appears along with the other winners’ stories.
The Kootenay Literary Competition anthology, titled Refuge, is available online at kootenaylitcomp.com.