Bevan was awarded a $500 Okanagan College tuition credit and a published chapbook of her winning story, The Use in Usefulness.
"I was surprised and overwhelmed by the win because I knew I was competing with fellow students whose writing I really admire," said Bevan, 18, a first-year student in the college's writing and publishing diploma program.
The contest took place on the same day at all four Okanagan College campuses (Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm).
Participants had three hours to write an original piece of literary fiction that incorporated the phrase "burning fields," which was revealed at the beginning of the contest.
"I really enjoyed the format of this contest," said Bevan. "The surprise phrase and the three-hour time limit meant no one was more prepared than anyone else.
"I sat for the longest time and then slowly started piecing the story together from elements of real life experience and my imagination."