Though the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival has been canceled for this year, the Shuswap Association of Writers is proud to bring you the 2020 Askew’s Word on the Lake Anthology. This 95-page book collects fifteen stories and poems from the winners of the 2020 Word on the Lake Writing Contest and some of the amazing presenters slated for the 2020 festival.


The Askew’s Word on the Lake Anthology is now available in epub and PDF formats for $7.50. You can purchase the anthology right here using a major credit card or your PayPal account. As soon as your payment is processed, you will be provided a download link right away.

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All sales of the Askew’s Word on the Lake Anthology go directly toward supporting the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival.


Printing and shipping of books has been disrupted across North America right now because of the COVID-19 crisis, but we hope to have the print version of the 2020 anthology available soon. If you’d like to be notified when the print version is available, email

From our Contest Sponsor — Askew’s

My grandfather, R.B. (Dick) Askew, arrived in Salmon Arm in 1919, just after the 1918 flu pandemic. At the time, it might have been difficult to envision a recovery. But as we see from history, people are resilient, and we will rebound from the current COVID-19 crisis.

One hundred years after Dick Askew’s humble beginning as manager of the EA Palmer and Co. meat market, we at Askew’s, the company he founded in 1929, are focused on the people whose lives have been impacted by the virus: our customers, employees, and the community at large. Askew’s stores are all working hard to serve our loyal customers in Salmon Arm, Armstrong, and Sicamous. We are a family business and are very proud of all of the dedicated people who work at Askew’s and who are helping serve our communities.

Art provides comfort, wisdom, resilience, and the means for self-expression and connection. As the world grapples with the unprecedented and difficult challenges posed by COVID-19, the importance of all that art provides is even more significant. Hence, we are pleased to continue to support the Askew’s Word on the Lake Writing Contest and the writers who participate.

— David Askew
President, Askew’s