Writing Contest

The Invitation

Submit your finest prose and poetry to the Vancouver International Writers Festival Poetry & Short Story Contest.

The Rewards

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


First prize winners will published in the Spring 2009 issue of subTERRAIN and on the Festival website.

The Rules

  1. The contest is open to all writers.
  2. Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished work in each category:
      a. Poetry (any style): 500 word limit
      b. Creative Short Fiction: 1,500 word limit
  3. Entries will be judged blind. Please do not put your name on your story or poem. On a separate sheet, include your name, address and phone number and the word count of your piece. For each story or poem, please include a $10 entry fee. Make cheques payable to the Vancouver International Writers Festival.
  4. Drop off or mail two copies of each entry to the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, 202–1398 Cartwright St., Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
  5. Your entry should be typed, double-spaced, on 8.5 x 11-inch paper.
  6. Please do not send originals; entries will not be returned.
  7. Winners will be selected by a panel of professionals in the publishing and book industry.
  8. Entries must be postmarked or delivered on or before 5 pm on October 26, 2008.
  9. Winners will be announced by January 15, 2009.

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