Submissions are open for the Federation of BC Writers Literary Contest!

The Federation of BC Writers is excited to announce the opening of our 2021 Literary Contests. This year, we have merged our contests into one larger event! A long list (top 20 in each category) and short list (top 10 in each category) will be announced approximately two weeks apart in October with the first place winners announced in early November.

The Federation of BC Writers Literary Contest is a competition for original, unpublished works by writers who are Canadian residents.


There are four categories:

  • Flash Fiction (500 words max)
  • Short Fiction (3500 words max)
  • Creative Non-Fiction (1500 words max)
  • Poetry (30 lines max)


The names of each finalist on both the long list and the short list, as well as the title of their submission and their respective communities, will be announced on the Federation website and social media by October 30, 2021. The winner will be announced on FBCW social media and through an email to all FBCW WriteOn email newsletter subscribers on November 15, 2021. 

All shortlisted entries will be offered publication in our first ever Contest Anthology. (Publication date to be determined.) 

The first place winning writers will be interviewed in WordWorks magazine.

    General details:

    • Entries must be submitted in English.
    • Entries will be read without identifiable information by the readers and judges.
    • There is no theme.
    • Titles are not included in wordcount.
    • One piece per entry.
    • You can submit as many entries as you wish.

    Entry Fee:

    • $15 for Federation of British Columbia Writers members
    • $25 for non-members


    First Place

    The first place winner in each of the 4 categories will receive the following:

      • a $350 cash prize
      • a one-year, free membership to the Federation of BC Writers
      • an interview in WordWorks magazine (print and online)
      • featuring at a Red Carpet Contest Gala
      • publishing in our first ever Contest Anthology
      • 10 copies of the anthology.

    Short List

    The short-listed writers in each of the 4 categories will receive the following:

      • a $35 cash prize
      • recognition on social media
      • publishing in our Contest Anthology
      • 3 copies of the anthology.

    * All published persons in this project will be able to order additional copies at cost.

    Contest Rules

    • All submissions must be made online through Submittable.
    • The name of the entrant must not appear anywhere on the entry document itself.
    • Work must be original and not previously published.
    • Submissions only accepted in DOC, DOCX, PDF, or RTF format in Times New Roman, 12 point font.
    • The decision of the judge is final.
    • Staff and Board members of the FBCW and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
    • Word counts will be verified using Microsoft Word.


    The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm PST on August 31, 2021.


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