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Contest Rules anSubmission Information

  • All submissions must be made online through Submittable.
  • The name of the entrant must not appear anywhere on the entry document. Entrants that do not meet this crucial criteria will not be submitted to readers for evaluation. (Please double check file names and headers/footers)
  • While the contest is called the Literary contests, we welcome and encourage submissions across all genres and styles.
  • Work must be original and not previously published.
  • Entrants are asked to be cognizant of cultural appropriation.  An article outlining best practices can be found here
  • Submissions only accepted in DOC, DOCX, PDF, or RTF format.
  • Please use a simple, readable font such as Times New Roman or Arial at 12pt.
  • Staff and Board members of the FBCW and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
  • Word counts will be verified using Microsoft Word.
  • Entries must be submitted in English.
  • There is no theme.
  • Titles are not included in the word or line count.
  • One piece per entry. You can submit as many entries as you wish.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed as long as entrants let FBCW know immediately upon acceptance elsewhere at
  • Entrants should be Canadian residents.




    There are four categories:

    • Flash Fiction (500 words max)
    • Short Fiction (3500 words max)
    • Creative Non-Fiction (1500 words max)
    • Poetry (30 lines max)


    Last year, we received an unprecedented volume of submissions. To ensure we can be genuine and accountable, we will post a timeline for announcements on this page in mid-September so that entrants can know when to expect results. Announcements will be made in our newsletter and social media.

    Announcements will be:

    • Announcement Schedule
    • Long List
    • Short List
    • Winners and Second Place

    Entry Fee:

    • $15 for Federation of British Columbia Writers members
    • $25 for non-members


    First Place

    The first place winner in each of the 4 categories will receive the following:

    • A $350 cash prize (includes publication compensation)
    • A one-year, free membership to the Federation of BC Writers
    • An interview in WordWorks magazine (print and online)
    • Reading and Interview at 2023 Gala
    • Publication in our second Contest Anthology
    • 10 copies of the anthology

    Short List

    The short-listed writers in each of the 4 categories will receive the following:

    • A $35 cash prize (includes publication compensation)
    • Recognition on social media
    • Publication in our Contest Anthology
    • 3 copies of the anthology

    * All published persons in this project will be able to order additional copies at cost.


    The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm PST on August 31, 2022.


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    Our Judges


    Junie Désil

    Junie Désil is a poet - born of immigrant (Haitian) parents on the Traditional Territories of the Kanien’kehá:ka in the island known as Tiohtià:ke (Montréal) and raised in Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg). Junie’s debut poetry collection, eat salt | gaze at the ocean (Talonbooks 2020), was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

    Flash Fiction:

    KT Wagner

    KT Wagner writes short speculative fiction, loves to knit and is a collector of strange plants, weird trivia and obscure tomes. Her work is published and podcast with Pulp Literature, Cloud Lake Literary, Sylvia Magazine, Neo-opsis, Daily Science Fiction, Toasted Cake and more. KT graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Writers Studio in 2015 (Southbank 2013). She organizes writer events and works to create literary community. KT can be found online at and @KT_Wagner

    Creative Non-Fiction

    Christina Myers

    Christina Myers is a writer, editor and former journalist based in Surrey. Her novel The List of Last Chances (2021) was longlisted for the 2022 Leacock Medal (winner TBA fall 2022), and she was the editor of the IPPY-award winning anthology BIG: Stories About Life in Plus-Sized Bodies (2020). She is currently at work on her next novel and an essay collection. She continues to freelance part-time and teaches writing through SFU's continuing studies.

    Short Fiction:

    Jenn Ashton

    Jenn Ashton is an Award-winning Coast Salish author and visual artist. Her book of Short Stories, People Like Frank, and Other Stories from the Edge of Normal (TidewaterPress 2020) was shortlisted for the Indigenous Voices Award 2021, and again for her short story Hail Mary Mother of Pearl in 2022. Jenn is the Writer in Residence at the British Columbia History Magazine, an Authenticity Reader for Penguin/Random House USA and currently reads History at Oxford University. When she is not writing, painting, or teaching, she enjoys cedar and wool weaving, making regalia and being in her greenhouse.

    Supported by the British Columbia Arts Council

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