Spreading the Word Youth Contest

The Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual youth writing contest is open to all students enrolled in grades 8-12 in British Columbia. Contestants can submit either poetry or fiction. 

The 2017 contest was judged by authors, Carrie Mac and Dina Del Bucchia.

Winners receive

1st Prize in each category:

$300 cash + publication in The Claremont Review 

2nd Prize in each category:

$200 cash

Find out more…

2017 Results


1st Place
The Cliff” by Erika Brauner, Grade 11 at Argyle Secondary

2nd Place
Lost Rats” by Haley Chung, Grade 11 at JN Burnett Secondary


1st Place
i think they called it ‘falling in love’” by Alice Zhang, Grade 12 at Fraser Heights Secondary

2nd Place
Summer Diary” by Jiantian Liu, Grade 12 at Point Grey Secondary

Spreading the Word Youth Contest Rules:

  1. The contest is open to all writers aged 12 – 18 as of September 5, 2017 who are attending a school or being taught in a home-school environment in British Columbia.
  2. Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished work in each category: Poetry (any style): 500 word limit; Creative Short Fiction: 1,500 word limit.
  3. 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.
  4. There is a $5 entry fee for each short story or poem you enter in the contest, payable online through PayPal.
  5. Entries must be submitted in MS Word or PDF formats. Please use standard margins, 12-point font and double spacing.
  6. Winners are selected by a panel of professionals from the publishing and book industry.
  7. Entries must be uploaded and payment confirmed by 5pm on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
  8. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, 2017.