Adult Writing Contest

Dream of seeing yourself onstage at the Vancouver Writers Fest one day? Submit your best, unpublished writing to our Short Story and Poetry Contest. Past contest winners include Festival authors and many other talented writers from across Canada. 

The 2017 contest was judged by authors, Théodora Armstrong, Chelene Knight and Sam Wiebe.

Winners receive

1st Prize

Poetry: $500 cash prize + publication in subTERRAIN magazine and + editorial evaluations of written works provided courtesy of FriesenPress (value $750).

Short Story: $500 cash prize + publication in subTERRAIN magazine and + editorial evaluations of written works provided courtesy of FriesenPress (value $750).

2nd Prize

$350 cash prize + publication on

Thank you to our generous sponsor, FriesenPress.

2017 Results


1st Place
Daniel Poirier of Coquitlam, BC for “A Most Amazing Thief”

2nd Place
Toby Coupe of Telkwa, BC for “Smoke and Mirrors”


1st Place
Naomi Dunaway of Squamish, BC for “out west”

2nd Place
Lishai Peel of Toronto, ON for “On Fire”

Adult Writing Contest Rules:

  1. Entries will be accepted only for previously unpublished work in each category: Poetry (any style): 500 word limit; Creative Short Fiction: 1,500 word limit.
  2. Entries are judged blind. Please do not put your name on your story or poem in the file you have uploaded or in the file name.
  3. There is a $15 entry fee for each short story or poem you enter in the contest, payable online through PayPal.
  4. Entries must be submitted in MS Word or PDF formats. Please use standard margins, 12-point font and double spacing.
  5. Winners are selected by a panel of professionals from the publishing and book industry.
  6. Entries must be uploaded and payment confirmed by 5pm on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
  7. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, 2017.
  8. The editorial evaluation from FriesenPress comprises  detailed feedback from a professional editor about the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript.