The Nelson and District Arts Council and Elephant Mountain Literary Festival request assistance in nominating emerging writers in West Kootenay communities for the 10th Annual Carver Award. The award, which comes with a $500 cash prize, will be presented at the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival on June 25, 2022.

Nominations must be for writers just starting in their careers who have had one to two books published, or an equivalent body of work published in anthologies or literary journals. The work must be creative, literary writing, including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and teens. Self-published authors are eligible. Nominees, who must reside in the West Kootenay, are judged using three criteria: quality of work, the strength of nomination, and community engagement.

Richard Carver was a lover of the arts and the Kootenays, and he was invested in the community. He was a mover and shaker on the board of the Nelson and District Arts Council, the primary sponsor of this award named in his honour. His daughter Jocelyn Carver, an arts lover herself, has continued the family’s generous support of this award.  

The 2021 recipient of the award Sarah Beauchamp comments “Receiving the Richard Carver Award for Emerging Writers was an incredible honour. Sharing my writing has always been about how the right words, read at the right time, can inspire people. I believe that writing has the power to change larger narratives, and as writers, if we can connect with just one person and shift how they see the world, that is what it is all about. Being recognized by this writing community further motivated me to keep writing my truth and share it with the world because as writers, we all have something important to say.”  

After Richard passed away in 2009, the Arts Council founded this award, which has been awarded eight times. 

For full information please visit the Nelson and District Arts Council website at Nominations are submitted at Inquiries may be sent to: with “Carver Award” in the subject line. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 18th, 5pm 2022.