Winners of the Mid-Columbia writing competition take the Main Stage tonight at Columbia Basin College's HUB building.
It's a great opportunity not only to support the community's arts scene but also to hear these talented writers read from their award-winning compositions.
Tonight's awards presentation, part of the annual Mid-Columbia Literary Festival, honors 19 student writers from Mid-Columbia high schools and CBC. Categories include fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
You can find links to all the prize-winning efforts at tinyurl.com/CBCwinners. Take a look. These talented writers deserve an audience.
Be forewarned. The truth about the human condition that art attempts to explore isn't always pretty. The grand prize winner, Beautiful, Lifetime Women, by Anne Antisdel, is an unflinching look at the aftermath of rape. Don't expect a Lifetime network version.
Antisdel is a 25-year-old CBC student and amateur short story writer who writes in her spare time while pursuing a bachelor's degree in English.
CBC English Department faculty members judge the annual contest. The college has been sponsoring the event for more than 30 years.
Cash prizes are awarded, but what writers really want is readers. Check them out tonight and online.