Coming April 28 to North Kamloops Library: Canadian history, mystery, & adventure. It would be great to see you there.

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Poetry & short story opportunity

Icelandic Festival of Manitoba invites submissions of poetry and short stories. You don’t need to be of Icelandic descent to submit.

Describing your book in a query letter to a publisher

How do you describe your book if you’re writing to a publisher about possibly publishing it? Good article here: . Author Sylvia Taylor will speak about building better query letters at the Okanagan Valley Writers Festival. It happens April 6-8 in Penticton, BC. More info at . I [Elma Schemenauer] will speak at the same Festival. It would be great to see you there.


Schemenauer Writing Awards: Deadline March 21, 2018

The Spring Equinox is fast approaching. So is the March 21 deadline for the 2018 Dr. Robert and Elma Schemenauer Writing Awards. Details below. For more info and to read the winning entries from 2017 and 2016, please visit. .


  1. Writing with a Kamloops Theme
  2. Writing Showing an Appreciation of Nature


Each award will be issued annually to a member in good standing of the Interior Authors Group based in Kamloops, BC. There is no fee to enter. To join the Interior Authors Group, please visit . Or mail a check for $35 (made out to Interior Authors Group) to 845 Gleneagles Drive, Kamloops, BC, V2E 1K2. Please include your contact information including e-mail address if you have one. You will receive a receipt.


– a certificate and a press release issued to local media announcing the winner

– a cash award of $200 to the recipient

– a cash award of $100 to the Interior Authors Group to support the growth and educational activities of the IAG


– sent before midnight 21 March 2017

– a short story, poem, article, essay, or other form of writing where an understanding and appreciation of the category’s topic is clearly incorporated and expressed (EITHER Kamloops-Themed or Nature-Themed). Ideologically driven and advocacy messages will not be considered.

– an original work that is unpublished in print or digital form

– a different work for each category (maximum one submission per author per category)

– clearly identified–include at top of  first page of each submission the title, author’s name, and email address or telephone number

-accompanied by a picture of yourself if possible (to be sent with the press release if you win)

– submitted electronically in a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format with EITHER the words Award Kamloops or the words Award Nature in the subject line



The next award winners will be announced at the summer social of the IAG in 2018. Names of those making submissions will not be announced and the authors will retain full rights to their works. No author will be able to win more than one award in one calendar year. If no submission is felt to meet the requirements, the award will not be issued in a given year.

These awards are privately established and awarded by Dr. Robert & Elma Schemenauer. They are not created by the Interior Authors Group of Kamloops. However, they are exclusively for members of the IAG and are given to help support and recognize writers in Kamloops and area.

Making the most of a critique on your writing

How can you make the most of a critique on your writing? Here’s a good article from Writer’s Relief: . WORKING WITH EDITORS AND CRITIQUERS is the topic of one workshop Elma Schemenauer will give at the Okanagan Valley Writers Festival April 6-8, 2018, in beautiful Penticton, BC.

Canadian history, mystery, & adventure in BC Interior libraries

Elma Schemenauer is scheduled to visit some BC Interior libraries to talk about her book YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure. On Saturday March 17, Elma Schemenauer will speak at the Clinton Library at 10:30 AM, and at the Ashcroft Library at 1:30 PM. On Saturday March 24, she’ll speak at the Cache Creek Library at 10:30 AM, and at the Savona Library at 1:00 PM. Everyone is welcome at these free events.


One story in YesterCanada is about camels whose braying once echoed through Cache Creek, Clinton, Kamloops, and other places in the BC Interior. Another is about a mystery woman who visited Ashcroft on her walk to the top of the world. Other stories feature Newfoundlanders grappling with a ten-armed monster, a Saskatchewan farmer who built an ocean-going ship far from any ocean, and a woman who rescued the crew of a ship wrecked in Lake Erie.


Join Elma Schemenauer in exploring these and other stories. Ponder the puzzles. Thrill to the adventures. Let the colourful events and characters of Canada’s past inspire you with a new appreciation of our heritage.


Elma (Martens) Schemenauer is a first-generation child of Mennonite immigrants from Russia. She loves Canada and its history. Elma grew up in Saskatchewan, taught in Nova Scotia, and worked in publishing in Toronto for many years. Since 2006 she and her husband have lived on a sagebrush-dotted hillside in Kamloops. Elma is the author of 77 published books, many of them about history and community life.


Published by Borealis Press of Ottawa, YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure presents 30 historical tales spanning this great land and the centuries from the 1200s to the 1900s. YesterCanada is a 248-page paperback including 30 illustrations and a bibliography, ISBN 978-0-88887-650-8, $19.95. For more information, please visit .

Kamloops Creative Community

A newish Facebook community focuses on Kamloops & area people involved in & interested in the arts. They define the arts broadly, including writers, poets, etc., etc. You may want to check it out & perhaps join. It’s here: .

This may interest writers of prose poetry

Discussion of prose poetry


Info on free-to-enter prose poetry contest:

Authors go to market

Nov 8, 2017 mkt Terry, BarbaraNov 8, 2017 mkt Terry, Barbara, ElmaAt the Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market yesterday, Interior Authors Group members offered their books for sale, along with info on the IAG & writing in general. This interesting agricultural & craft market runs every Wednesday from now till Christmas at Saint Andrews on the Square, 2nd Avenue & Saint Paul Street, Kamloops. In the pics: T.D. Roth, Barbara Balle, Elma Schemenauer.

Board Members Elected for 2017-2018 Year

President Shirley Dodding

Vice President Blazej Szpakowicz

Secretary Jeff Bloom

Treasurer Sandra Hyslop

Member-at-large Barbara Balle, Greeter

Member-at-large Elma Schemenauer, Communications Director