VWS Writing Contest


19th Annual Writing Contest!

Send in your best
fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetry
to the 2020 VWS Annual Writing Contest.

Prizes for each category:  1st  $300.00
2nd $200.00
Two Honourable Mentions per Genre

Contest Rules:


  • Entries are to be postmarked not later than May 01, 2020, but may also be hand-delivered to the May VWS general meeting at the Central Library, Victoria.
  • Submit typed hard copy only. We do not accept electronic submissions.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • Mail to:

Victoria Writers’ Society,
Annual Writing Contest,

P.O. Box 8311, Victoria, B.C.
V8W 3R9.

Entry forms:

  • Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript.
  • Complete all sections of one entry form for EACH PIECE you are submitting.
  • Include your email address. It is important that your email address be legible.
  • Writers may submit only one entry per category (fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetry) but may submit in any or all categories.
  • Submissions must be previously UNPUBLISHED.

Entry fees:

  • $20.00 per entry for VWS members
  • $25.00 per entry for non-members
  • Cheques or money orders payable to Victoria Writers’ Society for entry fees to accompany entries.
  • E-transfers can be sent via treasurer@victoriawriters.ca
  • An entry fee must be paid for each submission.


  • Entries should be on letter-size paper (8 1⁄2” x 11”), in Times-New Roman 12 Pt, and double-spaced for stories.
  • Poetry to be single spaced.
  • Title of work should appear at top of each page.

Word count:

  • Must be shown at top left-hand corner of first page of each submission.
  • 2,500 words maximum for fiction and creative non-fiction.
  • 100 lines for poetry.


  • The contest is open to residents of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
  • Work previously published or currently under consideration for publication elsewhere is not eligible to enter this competition.


  • Winners will be notified by 15 August and will be invited to read their winning works at the September VWS General meeting.
  • The winning works will be published in the December edition of Island Writer Magazine.
  • Authors retain copyright after publication.

PDF download of 2020 VWS Contest Entry Form