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 will be judged by authors, Carrie Mac and Dina Del Bucchia.

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Contest closes Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:00pm PST

Winners receive

1st Prize in each category:

$300 cash + publication in The Claremont Review 

2nd Prize in each category:

$200 cash

Find out more…

2016 Results


1st Place
Hero” by Jessica Klein, Grade 12 at Burnsview Secondary

2nd Place
Birthday” by Zoe Jones, Grade 11 at Stratford Hall 


1st Place
things i’ve learned from school” by Gabrielle Bonifacio, Grade 12 at Byrne Creek Secondary School

2nd Place
Chrysalism” by Vanessa Harrison, Grade 12, St. Michaels University School 

Click on the name of each entry to read it online.

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 Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished work in each category: Poetry (any style): 500 word limit; Creative Short Fiction: 1,500 word limit.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.