New Westminster Writer Chelsea Comeau Wins FBCW Literary Award

The Federation of British Columbia Writers has announced that New Westminster writer Chelsea Comeau is the winner of its BC Short contest – a 1200-2000 short fiction contest that premiered this spring. Ms. Comeau is well known in the Vancouver area as a poet, writer, and editor, her work has appeared in Room and Freefall magazine and in 2015 she won the short story section of the FBCW’s Valerie B. Taylor Awards. More recently, she received an honourable mention in the CV2 2-Day Poem Contest.

The BC Short contest was blind-judged by Eileen Cook, a multi-published Vancouver author whose novels have appeared in eight different languages. “I was astounded by the quality of submissions for the contest,” Ms. Cook said. “There is a wealth of writing talent in this province and choosing a winner was difficult. Chelsea Comeau’s piece was an exquisite balance of character and sensory details that pulled me as a reader, leaving me wanting more.”

“I predict that Chelsea and her writing will be a prominent part of the BC writing community for years to come,” Ms. Cook added. The winning entry will be published in the upcoming Fall 2018 issue of the FBCW’s magazine WordWorks, circulated in print and available online at

The winner was chosen from a longlist of writers announced previously: Derek Hanebury, Jim Bottomley, Abhishek Manilal, Jeanine Manji, Kay McCracken, Glenn Mori, David Reichheld, Susan Smith-Josephy, Natalie Southworth, Sheila Thomas, KT Wagner, and of course, Chelsea Comeau.“We were delighted with the calibre and scope of writing that came in from around the province and around the world,” said FBCW board director and coordinator of the BC Short contest, poet Cynthia Sharp. Two honorable mentions were also chosen from the shortlist: Cabin Fever by KT Wagner was the first honourable mention & Let Morning Bring Me by David Reichheld was the second.

FBCW president, Ann Graham Walker, thanked writers for participating in the new competition. “The BC Short was a huge success, the quality of submissions was excellent, and we are very happy to be able to put on contests like this that showcase BC writing talent,” she said.
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