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Federation of BC Writers 2017 Literary Writes

CANADA150 – POSTCARDS AND POEMS CONTEST

The FBCW seeks your best Postcard Story or Poem that reflects upon the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. We celebrate Canada’s storied past, its diversity, multiculturalism, rich indigenous heritage, its landscapes, its new voices. We look forward to your submissions.

Categories

  • Postcard Stories – 500 word limit
  • Poetry – 40 line limit

Judge – Eve Joseph, celebrated Canadian writer, will be judging both the Postcards and Poems contest. Eve is the author of The Startled Heart (Oolichan, 2004), and The Secret Signature of Things (Brick 2010), both books shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her memoir, in the Slender Margin, was awarded the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (BC Book Awards).

Prizes – The winner of each category will receive a cash prize of $350.

Contest Details

  • The deadline for submissions is midnight February 12, 2017.
  • A short list will be published at www.bcwriters.ca on March 12, 2017.
  • Winners will be notified by email.
  • Winners will be announced at www.bcwriters.ca on March 19, 2017.
  • Winning entries will be read at the FBCW AGM in April 2017 and published in the FBCW’s quarterly magazine, WordWorks. The winners will also receive one year’s FBCW membership.

Guidelines

  • Postcard stories (can be fiction or creative non-fiction): one story per entry, maximum length 500 words, including title, single-spaced, on one page
  • Poetry: one poem per entry, maximum length 40 lines, including title, on one page
  • Entry fee for each submission is $10 for FBCW members, $15 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  • All submitted work must be original, previously unpublished, and not awaiting publication anywhere.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
  • Creative and interesting development of the Canada150 theme
  • Overall writing style

How to Submit

To enter, please go hereYou 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. 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 has designated the external site Submittable to manage the submissions to the contest.

 

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CANADA150  –  CREATIVE NON-FICTION CONTEST         

The FBCW invites writers to submit creative non-fiction stories that celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. Dig up some history that speaks to this theme, explores Canada, looks back at the 1967 Centennial or all the way back to the 1867 Confederation. Give us your own version of this amazing country, its history, multiculturalism and diversity, its indigenous stories, pioneer chronicles, ancestor adventures, or immigrant experiences.

Categories

  • Creative Non-fiction (open) – 1500 word limit
    Judged by Jeanette Taylor, writing instructor and author of four non-fiction books on the history of the BC coast.
  • Young Writers Creative Non-fiction (18 and under) – 1500 word limit
    Judged by Carla Funk, poet and past winner of The Malahat Review’s Constance Rooke Creative Non-fiction contest

Prizes – The winner of each category will receive a cash prize of $500.

Contest Details

  • The deadline for submissions is midnight February 12, 2017.
  • A short list will be published at www.bcwriters.ca on March 12, 2017.
  • Winners will be notified by email.
  • Winners will be announced at www.bcwriters.ca on March 19, 2017.
  • Winning entries will be read at the FBCW AGM in April, 2017 and published in the Fed’s quarterly magazine, WordWorks. Winners will also receive a year’s Fed membership.

Guidelines

  • One story per entry, maximum length 1500 words, including title, double spaced, standard margins, and 12 point font
  • Entry fees are $10 for FBCW members, $15 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
    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
  • Creative and interesting development of the Canada150 theme
  • Overall writing style

How to Submit

To enter, 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 page
  • A cover letter, including a short biographical statement. 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 has designated the external site Submittable to manage the submissions to the contest.

 

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