North Vancouver author Wiley Ho wins BC/Yukon Short 2020

31 May 2020 2:44 PM | Doni Eve

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Sponsored by the Federation of British Columbia Writers, the BC/Yukon Short 2020 is an annual competition for original, unpublished short stories by BC and Yukon writers.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

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

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