Youth Writing 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 Contestants can submit previously unpublished short stories and personal essays.

The 2020 contest is now closed. It is being judged by Shannon Ozirny, the Head of Youth Services at the West Vancouver Memorial Library.

Ozirny has taught a children’s materials course as an adjunct at the UBC iSchool, reviewed young adult books for The Globe and Mail and contributes regularly to Quill & Quire as a feature reviewer of picture books. She has served as a juror for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books and Odyssey audiobook awards and moderates kidlit events for the Vancouver Writers Fest and Kidsbooks.

2019 Winners

1st Prize:

Loving Hands, by Yuning (Nancy) Ren (Fraser Heights Secondary School)

2nd Prize:

The Monster from my Childhood, by ZiFu Xu (Richmond Christian Secondary)

Submissions are now closed. Thank you for your interest.

Contest Rules:

1. The contest is open to all writers in grades 8-12 who are attending a school or being taught in a home-school environment in British Columbia.

2. Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished short stories and personal essays: 1,500 word limit.

3. Entries are judged blind. Please do not put your name on your story, in the file you have uploaded or in the file name.

4. Entries must be submitted in MS Word or PDF formats. Please use standard margins, 12-point font and double spacing.

5. The deadline for submissions is May 29, 2020.

Sign-up here for more information on the Vancouver Writers Festival youth programs.

Click here to download a poster for the 2020 Youth Writing Contest.