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Eight tiny love stories sought for Port Coquitlam pathway

The City of Port Coquitlam and Terry Fox Library is calling on local scribes of all ages to enter the contest as part of the May Days celebrations.
Port Coquitlam is asking the public to submit short stories about love and togetherness for its new Donald Pathway extension.

Port Coquitlam writers who have a great — but tiny — love story to tell can see their chronicle unfold along a downtown public path.

The city, in partnership with the Terry Fox Library, is inviting scribes of all ages to enter the Tiny Love Stories contest as part of the 101st May Days celebrations.

And the eight winning submissions will see their tale professionally illustrated and published along the Donald Pathway later this year.

The winners will each get a $35 gift certificate from Western Sky Books, courtesy of the Downtown Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association.

Here’s the fine print:

  • stories can be real or fictional
  • entries must be between 200 and 250 words
  • submissions must be received by May 15

The aim of the Donald Pathway storywalk is to promote literacy in public places.

The 2023 winning entry, A Little Tug in the Right Direction, was penned by PoCo resident and film script supervisor Laura Collini and drawn by Kirstin Hepburn; it tells a story of a tug boat near Douglas Island on the Fraser River.

To apply for the May Days Tiny Love Stories contest, you can visit the city's website.

The 101st annual Mays Days kicks off on May 5 at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (2150 Wilson Ave.) with the maypole dancers and the presentation of the Royal Party.

The Kids Bike Race and Rotary parade is on Saturday, May 11 along Shaughnessy Street in downtown Port Coquitlam.

The Tri-City News is a sponsor.