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Contest Rules anSubmission Information

  • All submissions must be made online through our portal.
  • The name of 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.
  • 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
  • We do not guarantee that formatting can be precisely reproduced in the anthology. Please take that into consideration with any entries and consider if meaning is lost in such instances.
  • 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.
  • Given the complexities of publishing rights with the anthology, simultaneous submissions with other contests for the same piece is prohibited. 
    • Entrants must be Canadian residents.
    • Anthology entries will receive a minimal copyedit. Significant edits are not permitted after submission and through the publication process.



      TO ENTER

      Opens July 12th 2023 (technical challenges pushed us back a day)


      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)
      • An interview in WordWorks magazine (print and online)
      • Reading and Interview at 2024 Gala
      • Publication in our second Contest Anthology
      • 3 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
      • 1 copy 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 September 15, 2023.



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