Literary Writes

The Federation of BC Writers is Proud to Announce

The 2016 Annual Literary Writes ,
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2016 Annual Valerie B. Taylor Young Writers Awards

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Literary Writes:

The Federation of British Columbia Writers is pleased to announce the winners of  2016 Literary Writes – an annual competition which recognizes and rewards high achievement  in writing. This year’s Literary Writes accepted entries in four categories: poetry; fiction; non-fiction and writing for children. The competition drew unprecedently large numbers of submissions.

The winners are as follows:

Fiction: Bridget Canning, from St John’s, Nfld for her story, Seventeen Minutes.

“A woman reminisces as she gets an MRI for possible breast cancer,” wrote the competition’s judge, author, editor and workshop leader Jodie Renner of Penticton, BC.  “Interesting, intriguing, clever, really well written.”

Non-Fiction: Chris Lowther from Tofino, BC, for her story The Shaking Man.

“This is a story of a traumatic event for the victims of a capsized boat, but also for the hospital housekeeper narrator, who wants to do more but cannot because of the hospital hierarchy,” wrote the judge, Dr George Johnson, Professor and Chair ofthe English and Modern Languages Department at Thompson Rivers University. “The author vividly conveys the chaotic atmosphere of the emergency, with a compelling sense of uncertainty about her role, what will happen next, what the Shaking Man needs, and what end he meets. I felt her predicament and her guilt. Very engaging!”

Poetry: Marlene Grand-Maître of Victoria, BC for her poem, The Walls Take Refuge.

The Walls Take Refuge has been awarded the Federation of BC Writers Poetry Prize as much for the risk it takes, exploring this painful subject, as for the spare, precise language it employs, the surprising metaphor and the haunting images it invokes,” wrote the judge, Arleen Paré, who was the winner of the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. “This poem has been crafted so well, while at the same time maintaining a delicate, almost frightening emotional tone.”

Writing for Children: Marilyn Holman of Victoria, BC, for her story The Wiggly Jiggly Tooth.

In selecting her choice, the competition’s judge, author Nikki Tate, wrote “What child doesn’t worry about the repercussions of swallowing a tooth? How will the tooth fairy find it?” commented Ms Tate in making her choice. The Wiggly Jiggly Tooth explores a familiar theme with a fresh twist using playful, easy to read rhythm and rhyme infused with a gentle sense of humour. This text works well as a read aloud suitable for younger children and is easy to imagine the concept being brought to life with playful illustrations.”

 

“The Federation of British Columbia Writers supports and encourages excellence  – among its many important roles in serving the community of writers,” said FBCW president Ann Graham Walker in announcing the winners. “We received many outstanding submissions this year, and we are proud to celebrate the four writers who produced the winning entries.”

“Not just the four winners — Literary Writes is the FBCW’s call to all writers to write and submit their work,” Ms Walker added. “We celebrate every submission and look forward to the next cycle of Literary Writes, which will begin later this year.”

Literary Writes is an open competition which is blind-judged and seeks to be accessible to all writers (this year there were no entry fees). The winners in each genre receive a $100 cash prize, a year’s membership in the FBCW and publication in the Federation’s quarterly magazine, WordWorks – which is soon to be availble in libraries across the province and can be read digitally at the FBCW’s website, bcwriters.ca.

The Federation of British Columbia Writers thanks the British Columbia Arts Council for its funding in support of Literary Writes and the Federation’s other annual competition, the Valerie B-Taylor Young Writers’ Awards.

For more information contact Shaleeta Harper at communications@bcwriters.ca

Valerie B-Taylor Young Writer Awards

FBCW ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ITS NEWLY EXPANDED YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARDS

The Federation of British Columbia Writers is pleased to announce the winners of  its 2016 Valerie B-Taylor Young Writer Awards – an competition in memory of a British Columbia writer loved for her generous mentorship of emerging writers. The FBCW created the awards to celebrate and encourage young writers and provide them with a publishing opportunity. The competition was expanded this year to include three genres and two age groups: eighteen and under and nineteen to twenty-nine. There was an unprecedentedly large number of submissions.

The winners are as follows:

Poetry, 18 and under: 1st Prize, Aubry Williams (age 16): “On The Roof”

The judge, Leaf Press publisher Ursula Vaira, had this to say about Aubry’s work:“This poem can be read on a couple of levels: I sensed some darkness. I chose it for its astonishing movement an imagery and for the sheer rush of remembering that I was alive on this crazy careening planet. I felt the howl begin in my own ribcage: sometimes that is what we want from poetry.”

Fiction, 18 and under: 1st Prize, Victoria Vieira (age 17): “Forest Games

“I was impressed by this very readable, sure-footed tale of horror, the excellent pacing of the story and the surprise ending,” wrote the judge, award-winning author M.A.C. Farrant. “A tightly written entry by writer whose literary instincts are bang on.”

 

Non Fiction, 18 and under: 1st Prize, Teghan Acres (age 17): “Time Heals All Wounds”

 M.A.C Farrant also judged this category and wrote, “This is very assured writing which, on the surface, appears to be tongue-in-cheek yet deals with personal loss and grief in a very poignant way.  The effect of the work is one of engagement and great honesty.”

 

Non Fiction, 19-29: 1st Prize, Jill Talbot (age 29): “Mirrors”

 “This is a searing and moving account of a young person’s time spent in detox for heroin addiction,” wrote M.A.C. Farrant in selecting the piece. “It is written with insight, palpable anger, and great honesty.”

 

Poetry and Fiction prizes were not awarded in the 19-29 age group due to a lack of submissions.

“We look forward to spreading the word about our young writer awards in high schools and universities and receiving lots of submissions when the competition re-opens later this year,” said Federation of British Columbia Writers president, Ann Graham Walker. “Encouragement and recognition is important to all writers, but it is especially important to young writers who are just beginning their journey.”

The Valerie B-Taylor Young Writer Awards are blind-judged and seek to be accessible to all writers (this year there were no entry fees). The winners in each genre receive a $100 cash prize, a year’s membership in the FBCW and publication in the Federation’s quarterly magazine, WordWorks – which is soon to be available in libraries across the province and can be read digitally at the FBCW’s website, bcwriters.ca.

The Federation of British Columbia Writers thanks the British Columbia Arts Council for its funding in support of the Valerie B-Taylor Young Writers’ Awards and the Federation’s other annual competition, Literary Writes.

For more information contact Shaleeta Harper at communications@bcwriters.ca

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Full Contest Details:

2016 Literary Writes

The Federation of British Columbia Writers invites poets and authors from everywhere to submit to our annual Literary Writes Awards. Literary Writes is a celebration of what we do and what we enjoy – writing.

There is no submission fee.

Winners in each of four categories – fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and writing for children – will be published in the Fed’s quarterly magazine, WordWorks, as well as receiving a year’s membership in the FBCW and a $100 cash prize.

Entries must be sent by email only. Detailed instructions are below. Judging will be blind.

Deadline

The deadline for submission to the 2016 Literary Writes Awards is midnight on February 9, 2016. The winners in each category will be announced on March 17, 2016.

Judges

We have four wonderful judges for 2016. For

  • Poetry – 2008 Victoria Butler Book Prize and 2015 Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry winner, Arleen Paré.
  • Fiction – Award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides, sought-after freelance editor Jodie Renner.
  • Non-Fiction – Chair of English and Modern Languages Dept at Thompson Rivers University, Dr George Johnson.
  • Writing for Children – Author of over 20 books for young readers, regular book reviewer on CBC Radio’s All Points West, Nikki TateTo see expanded information on our judges, please go Here.

Guidelines

  • All submitted work must be original, 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.
  • All submissions are to be formatted in a serif or sans 12pt font, with margins of at least one inch. Acceptable file formats are .doc, docx and pdf.
  • Poetry – No more than three poems per entry; maximum length for each poem 50 lines (including spaces)
  • Short fiction and creative non-fiction – One story or article per entry with a maximum length of 1,500 words, double spaced. Short fiction may be a stand-alone excerpt from a longer work (Please indicate word count on front page).
  • Children’s writing – Entries must be original, unpublished, not awaiting publication, and not illustrated.  The contest is focused on writing for children in the 4-6 age group; 650 words maximum length.
  • Anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Therefore please  make sure your name/email does not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Provide your complete contact information on a separate cover page that accompanies your entry. This page should include the following:

  1. Header:FBCW Literary Writes 2016
  2. Genre of your submission
  3. Title(s) of your submission
  4. Word or line count
  5. Your name, snail mail address and email
  6. Your telephone number.

The winner will be notified by email. Following that, winners in each category will be announced on the FBCW web page and social media on March 17, 2016.

Winning entries and a story on Literary Writes will be published in WordWorks.

Note: It is not necessary to be a FBCW member to participate in Literary Writes. However, should you wish to join our writer network, at the time of submission you are eligible for the special “events rate” which is $20 for 29 and under, $35 for seniors (65+) and $65 regular. (We have a separate Valerie B-Taylor Young Writers Contest running concurrently for writers 29 and under, but this does not disqualify young writers from participating in Literary Writes).

How to Enter by Email

Send entries as an attachment to submissions@bcwriters.ca

Please identify your submission email by your full name, contest and genre, i.e.: BillSmith-LWPoetry. (Adding the “LW” helpfully distinguishes your submissions from the submissions entering our mailbox for the Valerie B-Taylor Young Writers Contest).

The cover page should be attached separately, so your email will have two attachments: your submission and your cover. (If you are submitting three poems, you would submit them as one document – UNLESS you are sending them as pdfs, in which case you would send them separately because if they are sent as a pdf it can be laborious to split them apart).

The FBCW reserves the right not to award a prize in a category should there be insufficient submissions for the judges to reach a meaningful decision.

That’s it for the guidelines.  If there is something we have not covered or clarified, just contact us at communications@bcwriters.ca and ask.

Best wishes and, most of all, have fun writing!  We look forward to your submissions.

2016 Valerie B-Taylor Young Writers Awards

The Federation of British Columbia Writers invites young writers (29 and under) to submit to our annual Valerie B-Taylor Young Writers Awards. Winners in each of three categories – – fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry – – will be published in the Fed’s quarterly magazine, WordWorks, as well as receiving a year’s membership in the FBCW and $100 in cash.

There is no submission fee!

Entries must be sent by email only. Detailed instructions are below. Judging will be blind.

Deadline

The deadline for submission to the 2016 Valerie B-Taylor Young Writers Awards is midnight on February 17, 2016.

Judges

We have three wonderful final judges for 2016. For poetry: Leaf Press publisher and renowned Vancouver Island poet, Ursula Vaira. Fiction: 2014 Victoria Butler Book Prize winner and prolific author MAC Farrant.  Non-Fiction: Readers’ Digest author and award winning humourist Judy Millar.  Judges will pick winners in each of two age groups: 18 and under and 19-29.

See more information about the Judges Here. 

Guidelines

  • All submitted work must be original, 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.
  • All submissions are to be formatted in a serif or sans 12pt font, with margins of at least one inch. Acceptable file formats are .doc, docx and pdf.
  • Poetry – No more than three poems per entry; maximum length for each poem 50 lines (including spaces)
  • Short fiction and creative non-fiction – One story or article per entry with a maximum length of 1,500 words, double spaced. Short fiction may be a stand-alone excerpt from a longer work (Please indicate word count on front page).
  • Anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Therefore please  make sure your name/email does not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Provide your complete contact information on a separate cover page that accompanies your entry. This page should include the following: (Please read carefully and make sure you follow, it is really helpful to us).

  1. Header: FBCW Valerie B-Taylor Youth Writing Awards (because we have another writing contest, “Literary Writes”, running concurrently and we don’t want to get the submissions mixed up.
  2. Age category and genre of your submission
  3. Title(s) of your submission
  4. Word or line count
  5. Your name, age, snail mail address and email
  6. Your telephone number.

The winner will be notified by email. Following that, winners in each category will be announced on the FBCW web page and social media on March 17, 2016.

Winning entries and a story on Literary Writes will be published in WordWorks.

The FBCW reserves the right not to award a prize in a category should the judges feel there are not enough submissions to reach a meaningful decision.

Note: It is not necessary to be a FBCW member to participate in Literary Writes. However, should you wish to join our writer network, you can join at the time of submission for a special rate of $20 (normally $25)

 

How to Enter by Email

Send entries as an attachment to submissions@bcwriters.ca

Please identify your submission email by your full name, contest ID and genre, i.e.: BillSmith-VTPoetry  

(The “VT” is an important and very helpful designation to us because we have another contest running concurrently and coming into the same submissions mailbox. If you remember to put “VT” before your genre it will help us to distinguish your submission from those submitting to “Literary Writes”).

The cover page should be attached separately, so your email will have two attachments: your submission and your cover. (If you are submitting three poems, you would submit them as one document – UNLESS you are sending them as pdfs, in which case you would send them separately because if they are sent as a pdf it can be laborious to split them apart).

That’s it for the guidelines.  If there is something we have not covered or clarified, just contact us at communications@bcwriters.ca and ask.

Best wishes and, most of all, have fun writing!  We look forward to your submissions.

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