18th Annual Short Story and Poetry Contest (Now Open!)

Dream of appearing onstage at the Vancouver Writers Fest one day?

Submit your best, unpublished writing to our Poetry & Short Story Contest! Past contest winners include Festival authors and many other talented writers from across Canada.

The Rewards:

Prizes will be awarded to the top two entries in poetry and fiction.

  • 1st prize - Fiction: Free tuition for an upcoming online fiction writing course offered by UBC Creative Writing + $300 cash prize + publication
  • 1st prize - Poetry: $500 cash prize + publication
  • 2nd prize - $350 cash prize + publication (in each category)

Winners will have their work seen by thousands of readers online at writersfest.bc.ca and in subTerrain magazine.

The Rules:

  • The contest is open to all writers.
  • Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished work in each category:
  • Poetry (any style): 500 word limit
  • Short Fiction: 1,500 word limit
  • Entries will be judged blind. Please do not put your name on your story or poem in the file you have uploaded or in the file name.
  • There is a $15 CAD entry fee for each short story or poem you enter in the contest, payable online through PayPal.
  • We will accept entries in MS Word Document or PDF formats. Please use standard margins, 12-point font and double spacing.
  • Winners will be selected by a panel of professionals from the publishing and book industry.
  • Entries must be uploaded and payment confirmed by 5pm on October 23, 2016.
  • Winners will be announced by Friday, January 13, 2017.

What are you waiting for? Submit your work today! 

Questions about the contest? Give us a call at 604.681.6330 or email info@writersfest.bc.ca