Enter the Federation of BC Writers 2018 Literary Writes Here!

Open Poetry Contest

The FBCW seeks your best unpublished Poem that reflects your writing style. There is no theme or required subject matter. Prose poetry and other unique formats are welcomed: we look forward to your submissions.

Judge – Patricia Young
Prize – The winner will receive a cash prize of $350.


Contest Details

  • The deadline for submissions is midnight January 15, 2018.
  • A short list will be published at www.bcwriters.ca on January 29, 2018.
  • The winner will be notified by email.
  • The winner will be announced at www.bcwriters.ca on February 12, 2018.
  • The winning entry will be published in the FBCW magazine WordWorks. The winner will also receive one year’s FBCW membership.



  • One poem per entry, maximum length 60 lines, including title & spaces between stanzas.
  • Entry fee for each submission is $5 for FBCW members, $10 for non-FBCW members
  • All submitted work must be original, previously unpublished, and not awaiting publication anywhere. Previously published is considered to be any appearance in print or online, including on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  • Please use standard margins, 12-point font
  • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, or .pdf
  • Entries will be blind-judged. To assure anonymity please do not put your name on your story or poem in the file you upload or in the file name. Make sure the title of your piece is in the file name.

Judging will be based on

  • Compelling use of language
  • Overall writing style


How to Submit

To enter, please go here. You will need to have ready:

  • Your submission in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file format with no identifiable information on any of the pages
  • A cover letter, including a short biographical statement (under 150 words). This will be pasted into the form, not attached
  • The title of the submission
  • A PayPal account or credit card to pay the submission fee

Only online entries will be accepted. FBCW board members and employees are unable to win the prizes. FBCW has designated the external site Submittable to manage the submissions to the contest.

To see the past contest details, go here.

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