Off to Calgary


 Sort out, pack, get ready to go
are my priorities today,
and make sure I have business cards
to exchange along my way.

Off to Calgary tomorrow
to attend ‘When Words Collide’,
present ‘Marketing Poetry’
as I explain each power point slide.

I’ll meet a lot of new people
which I’m excited about.
I’ll also cement some friendships
and have lots of fun, no doubt.

I’ve worked very hard preparing,
been to conferences before—
coordinated for others,
now it’s my time to hold the floor.

Jean Kay

Exciting news from Canadian Authors Vancouver

British Columbia author wins Canadian Authors Vancouver 2015 Short Story Contest

For Release Friday, October 2, 2015

VANCOUVER – Winners of the Canadian Authors – Vancouver 2015 Short Story Contest were announced this week by Jean Kay, the Branch Treasurer, and Contest Coordinator.

First place went to Edythe Anstey Hanen, a Canadian Authors member from the Vancouver Branch for her story, ‘Lonesome.’ Barb Howard from Calgary placed second, and Erin MacNair from North Vancouver placed third.


1st Place – Edythe Anstey Hanen – CAA member from the Vancouver Branch for her story, ‘Lonesome.’

2nd Place – Barb Howard – CAA member from the Alberta Branch for her story, ‘MVP.’

3rd Place – Erin MacNair – CAA member from the Vancouver Branch for her story, ‘Left Standing.’

The judges commented that all the winners’ works are so powerful that it steals your breath away. Each story resonates with an intense focus on life’s tenuousness, life’s wonders and human understanding.


Cash prizes for winners are First $300, Second $200, and Third $100. Winner’s works will be published in the National Voices 2016 Anthology, which includes the 2015 and 2016 contest winners, along with submissions from members of Canadian Authors Vancouver. Winners receive a complimentary copy of National Voices 2016 Anthology, and they’ll read their stories at the Canadian Authors Vancouver Annual General Meeting and Social in December 2015. The winning stories will be posted for one year on the Vancouver Branch website after they are presented in December.


Canadian Authors – Vancouver holds meetings on a variety of topics, all to do with aspects of writing. The public is welcome to attend. They meet monthly on the second Wednesday, September through June, with socials for members and their guests at other locations in August and December. There are no meetings during July. Meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Alliance for Arts and Culture, 100 – 938 Howe Street, Vancouver.  Members attend at no charge; guests are $10, students with ID pay $5.

Canadian Authors Vancouver belongs to a national organization dedicated to promoting a flourishing community of writers that encourage works of literary and artistic merit. We offer aspiring, emerging, and professional writers opportunities and resources to hone their writing and business skills, network with others, and thrive in a community of like-minded professionals.

For more information, visit

— 30 —

Media Contact: For more details or to arrange an interview with the contest winners, contact Margo Bates, President | Publicity & Programs Committee Chair
Phone or email at 604-788-9501 |


Short Story Contest Queries: For further information about the annual Short Story Contest, please email and mark SHORT STORY CONTEST in the subject line

Canadian Authors-Vancouver Short Story Contest

Only 2 days left to enter your short story Deadline is midnight June 30th. $600 in prizes & winning stories will be published in National Voices 2016 anthology. Open to all Canadian residents.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your writing career.

Further info

WORD Vancouver Today

WORD Vancouver Today


Windy, wet, bone-chilling weather

but because of it Good News!

WORD Vancouver is moving indoors

I’m grateful to those who could choose.


It’s no fun manning display tables

when you’re fighting cold winds and rain.

I wasn’t looking forward to going

but I am enthused again.


I’m participating in several ways:

setting up the Canadian Authors display,

manning their table, selling my books,

then exploring other venues mid-day.


As Conference Assistant for SiWC,

I’ll be at their table a while,

giving out info on the conference

and definitely wearing a smile.


WORD will be a more intimate event,

which I hope they will keep indoor.

It will give people more of a market-place feel

and they’ll take more time to explore.


WORD Vancouver Today –

come by for a visit.


Jean Kay

Canada Korea Literary Festival

Canada Korea Literary Festival


At the Canada Korea Literary Festival,

a well organized, professional event,

I had the privilege of reciting

and I’m very pleased I went.


A comprehensive printed program

in both languages, was provided,

(a souvenir worth keeping)

as through the evening we were guided.


The evening started with a reception,

very tasty food had been prepared.

Then, stories, poems, music, dance

and videos were all shared.


I haven’t heard much Korean spoken before,

I find it has a pleasing flow,

melodious sounds, soft-spoken.

It would be difficult for me to learn, I know.


Background music and slide shows

accompanied each performer.

Many hours spent putting it all together

had created an atmosphere much warmer.


My poem “Sixty Years Young”,

from my book Morning Light,

was translated into Korean

and a lovely lady was there to recite.


I think the two boys may have stolen the show –

wonderful talent – reciting and singing.

Then our MC surprised us all

when his powerful voice turned to singing.


Congratulations, KWAC!

It was a most enjoyable evening out

combining cultures and languages –

that’s what Canada is all about.


Jean Kay


KWAC – Korean Writers Association of Canada