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DARIA SALAMON entered a “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” writing contest in her local newspaper when she was twenty-seven. She wrote about her experiences wandering around Costa Rica. She won. It was her first published piece.
This precipitated a lifelong writing addiction. She pitched story ideas to the Winnipeg Free Press and became a regular contributor writing about her experiences learning to surf in Malibu, offering her prairie girl perspective of Cannes Film Festival parties and journaling about flying off to Ghana to help build a school. She also wrote a monthly humour column on wedding planning when she was getting married. Daria has contributed to The Globe and Mail, Prairie Fire Magazine and Uptown Magazine. Her short fiction and creative non-fiction has been shortlisted for the Writers ’ Union of Canada’s Emerging Writer Short Fiction Award, the Larry Turner Award for Creative Non-fiction, and the Canadian Author’s Association North of 55 Writing Contest.
While doing all of this freelance work, late at night Daria was also toiling away on her first novel. She published her best-selling comic novel The Prairie Bridesmaid in 2008. It won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book; it was shortlisted for several other writing awards and the American magazine Foreward identified The Prairie Bridesmaid as an Honourable Mention in the Best General Fiction category. Daria has appeared at literary festivals across Canada. The Prairie Bridesmaid is a popular book club selection.