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  • 31 May 2020 2:44 PM | Doni Eve (Administrator)

    The Federation of British Columbia (BC) Writers is pleased to announce a story by Wiley Ho of North Vancouver was named the first-place winner of the 4th annual short story contest BC-Yukon Short 2020.

    The contest judge was best-selling novelist Eileen Cook. She said she was impressed by the quality of the entries.

    Ho’s story, Masquerade, pulled her in from the first line, Cook said.  

    “Like the narrator slipping through the party, the reader observes and judges the characters as the story flows until the very end. The balance in a friendship between honesty and kindness is explored. The author voice combined with the sparkling descriptions make this story as intoxicating as the champagne served at the party,” she said. 

    Ho will receive $350 and a year’s Federation of British Columbia Writers membership. The winning entry will be published in WordWorks 2020 #2, the flagship magazine of the Federation of British Columbia Writers.

    Cook selected two honourable mentions, who will both receive a one-year membership to the Federation of British Columbia Writers.

    When We Had Wings by Edythe Anstey Hanen of Bowen Island was first runner-up. 

    “This story beautifully recaptures the sense of freedom, adventure and risk that the character’s experience. It will remind readers of their own youth,” Cook said.

    Scale Mail by Anne Hopkinson of Victoria was selected as second runner-up.

    Scale Mail is a sharp-witted critique on the dating world. A dark comedy of revenge, but with hints of hope,” Cook said.

    Wiley Ho is a writer of short stories and memoir. Wiley works as a freelance technical writer, editor and blogger. Born in Taiwan, she moved with her family to Canada when she was eight. Wiley identifies as Generation 1.5, inhabiting that haunted space between the here and there-ness of two countries, several cultures and multiple selves. She is working on a collection of short stories about her Taiwanese-Canadian childhood.

    The creative fiction contest opened on April 1st and closed April 30th.

    Sponsored by the Federation of British Columbia Writers, the BC/Yukon Short 2020 is an annual competition for original, unpublished short stories by BC and Yukon writers. This year was the 4th annual contest, and the 1st year with the inclusion of the Yukon.

    “This is a pretty big deal for us. For the first time, we extend our annual contest to the Yukon, giving us a new opportunity to showcase writing talent from both areas. Our judge, Eileen Cook, was very impressed with the quality and strength of all the works submitted,” acting executive director Andrea Guldin said.

    The Federation of British Columbia Writers sponsors three contests each year. The next contest will be for flash fiction or non-fiction – short prose pieces of no more than 500 words each – opening September 1st and closing October 1st. The Literary Writes poetry contest opens each year in December and closes the following year on February 1st.

    For more information about the Federation of British Columbia Writers and upcoming contests, visit www.bcwriters.ca.

    For more information or questions about becoming involved with the Federation of British Columbia Writers, please contact: Andrea Guldin, acting executive director at fbcwriters@gmail.com.

  • 28 May 2020 9:53 AM | Doni Eve (Administrator)

    The Federation of British Columbia Writers (FBCW) promotes excellence, diversity, inclusion and professionalism in the literary arts in British Columbia (BC) through education and advocacy and by encouraging publication of literary works in all genres. To accomplish this, the FBCW provides information on markets and workshops; connects writers with other skilled writers who can perform services such as manuscript evaluation and mentoring; sponsors readings, workshops and seminars to give writers exposure and to help them hone their craft; helps writers stay informed on the changing publishing environment; encourages recognition of BC writers and their achievements regionally and nationally; provides information on the province s literary resources; works cooperatively with provincial and federal agencies and organizations concerned with writing and writing standards; encourages and supports young and emerging writers in BC; actively celebrates Indigenous culture and engages with underrepresented communities in BC to promote writing.

    The FBCW was originally founded in 1976 as The Federated Association of British Columbia Authors by a group of Vancouver writers to answer the need of writers in the province on a grass roots level and to provide more of a western perspective and incorporated as a registered non-profit society, under its current name, in 1982. The FBCW is the only registered society dedicated to serving and representing professional and emerging writers in BC with a membership of approximately 800 individuals.

    We are seeking a dynamic individual for a part-time, contract position as Executive Director. This is a work-from-home opportunity where you provide your own office equipment (computer, wifi access, telephone, workspace) and determine your hours. As our membership spans the entire province of BC as well as the Yukon, applicants from any community in BC or Yukon are encouraged to apply.                

    Executive Director Job Description

    The Executive Director is responsible and accountable to the Board of Directors for efficient and effective operations of the FBCW programs, projects, and events, meeting objectives outlined in the annual strategic plan. The Executive Director supports inclusive and accessible growth both within the FBCW and the broader writing community.

    Key responsibilities:

    • Develop and oversee the implementation of an annual operations plan to carry out and achieve the FBCW’s strategic objectives, and any action the Board determines necessary, including development and administration of a budget to carry out operations.
    • Develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan, including seeking and obtaining grants and funding opportunities to support projects and programs identified in the operations plan.
    • Oversee management and operations of all administrative functions of the FBCW including:
      • Financial transactions and records
      • Records management
      • Membership relations and administration, including membership software
      • Reporting in compliance with grant funding agency and government requirements
    • Recruit, supervise, direct and support staff, contractors, and volunteers engaged to assist with or carry out FBCW operations; provide for training as required and evaluate performance.
    • Oversee effective communications, marketing and promotion of all FBCW programs, projects and events, including ensuring maintenance, operation, and coordinated updates and content via WriteOn newsletter, website, blog, social media channels, and emails to members, the media, the broader literary community and the public at large.
    • Ensure compliance to standards per all government legislation, regulations, and guidelines pertinent to the organization’s role as an employer, contractor of service, and non-profit agency.
    • Review and develop policies and procedures and recommend to the Board changes that would improve the organization.
    • Support Board and membership meetings, including regular Board of Director meetings and the Annual General Meetings, which involves:
      • Organizing meetings (scheduling through Zoom or booking location), with appropriate notice to participants
      • Coordinating and distributing meeting materials
      • Monitoring follow up on action items and implementation of Motions.
    • Support Board of Directors by providing relevant information, including financial risks and opportunities. Works with the Board on governance policy issues by providing support and by implementing approved recommendations for action.
    • Carries out a high level of public relations within and participates in the related literary and cultural world where the FBCW is mandated to serve.

    Skills and Experience:

    • Worked with writers and/or authors and/or other cultural spaces/organizations
    • Prior leadership in non-profit organization, social enterprise, or social service
    • Connections with other social or cultural organizations
    • Written grants, managed budgets
    • Created and implemented strategic and/or business plans
    • Familiar with project and program design, planning, implementation, and evaluation
    • Commitment to ongoing learning and personal growth in self, and nurturing this in others
    • Prioritizes well-being and productive boundaries within the work, and encourages an atmosphere of collective resilience and long-term personal sustainability
    • Intercultural fluency and/or cultural safety training
    • Able to communicate effectively with diverse audiences (e.g. youth, older adults, artists/authors, provincial and national organizations, funders)
    • Proficiency in use and best practices for technology uses (Google Suite, Slack, social media, etc).
    • Additional skills and assets:
      • Collaborative and trusting in team members
      • Decisive, able to delegate, and adaptive
      • Systems thinker who considers future trends and opportunities  
      • People-oriented, empathic leader defined by openness and curiosity
      • Sophisticated and compassionate in conflict management processes

    Structure and Compensation:

    Hours of work will not exceed 70 hours per month. Hours are flexible and self-determined. Remuneration is a flat rate of $2,000/month. Performance, hours of work, and remuneration will be reviewed at a minimum frequency of once every 12 months. The initial contract will be for one year, renewable upon mutual agreement. Fee and hours of work will be reviewed annually as part of the budget process, and increases are subject to securing sufficient funding for the organization.

    To Apply:

    Interested individuals are asked to please send their resume to fbcw.membership@gmail.com by Thursday, June 4th. 

  • 22 May 2020 12:44 PM | Doni Eve (Administrator)


    The Federation of British Columbia (BC) Writers is pleased to announce the six finalists for the 4th annual short story contest BC-Yukon Short 2020. The creative fiction contest opened on April 1st and closed April 30th.

    “This is a pretty big deal for us. For the first time, we extend our annual contest to the Yukon, giving us a new opportunity to showcase writing talent from both areas. Our judge, Eileen Cook, was very impressed with the quality and strength of all the works submitted,” Acting Executive Director, Andrea Guldin said.

    Congratulations to our six finalists, in alphabetical order:

    Brian Douglas (Richmond) – “Forsaken”

    Edythe Anstey Hanen (Bowen Island) – “When We Had Wings”

    Wiley Ho (North Vancouver) – “Masquerade”

    Anne Hopkinson (Victoria) – “Scale Mail”

    Sharon McInnes (Cumberland) – “The Neighbour”

    Janet Smith (Campbell River) – “The Yawning Tree”

    Sponsored by the Federation of BC Writers, the BC/Yukon Short 2020 is an annual competition for original, unpublished short stories by BC and Yukon writers. This year was the 4th annual contest, and the 1st year with the inclusion of the Yukon. We are very pleased to have author Eileen Cook (eileencook.com) as the judge.

    The winning entry will be announced May 31. First prize is $350 and a year’s Federation of BC Writers membership. The winning entry will be published in WordWorks 2020 #2, the flagship magazine of the Federation of BC Writers.

    For more information about the Federation of BC Writers and upcoming contests, visit www.bcwriters.ca.

    For more information or questions on how you can get involved with the Federation of BC Writers please contact:

    Andrea Guldin

    Acting Executive Director

    Federation of BC Writers

    fbcwriters@gmail.com

  • 22 May 2020 8:28 AM | Doni Eve (Administrator)

    We are seeking an ad sales rep for WordWorks magazine, the flagship publication of the Federation of British Columbia Writers, published three times a year.

    We are seeking a part-time, commission-based ad sales rep to sell from a distance.
    Commission sales/ad sales experience ideal. As a contractor, you will already have the basic tools to work from home. Graphic design ability a plus. You are personable, reliable, professional, creative, with good follow through and attention to detail. 
    The ad sales rep earns 25% net commission on all paid advertising, payable within 30 days after invoice.

    If you're interested in supplementing your income with flexible, work from home hours, and interested in developing and nurturing relationships with BC's literary and publishing community, while growing our advertising base, please contact WordWorks managing editor Ursula Vaira at editor.wordworks@gmail.com.

  • 21 May 2020 12:26 PM | Doni Eve (Administrator)


    The May 2020 edition of our WriteOn newsletter is out with updates and exciting opportunities from the Fed.

    This issue includes information on job & volunteer opportunities, exclusive member events including discounted or free workshops, and upcoming contest deadlines.

    We also feature Fed member Elisabeth Weigland, winner of our April photo prize, and her beautiful remote writing locale in the Yukon, and a video of Griffin Poetry Prize winner Jane Munro reading from her new collection Glass Float.

    If you haven't received it in your email inbox, please write to us at fbcw.membership@gmail.com and we will ensure you are added to the subscription list. 

    You can read the May 2020 WriteOn here. Enjoy!

  • 14 May 2020 11:49 AM | Doni Eve (Administrator)

    Did you know the Federation of BC Writers does not have an office? We have operated virtually with staff and board members in regions throughout BC for several years.

    As such, our physical address has changed as people within the organization change.


    For physical mail you can reach us at: 


    Federation of BC Writers                                                                         

    2103 Mowich Drive

    Sooke, BC Canada V9Z 0E9


fbcw.membership@gmail.com

Federation of BC Writers
2103 Mowich dr                                 sooke, bcV9Z 0E9

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