VWS Writing Contest

2021 Victoria Writers’ Society Writing Contest

Fiction, Creative Non-fictionPoetry
Open to residents from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

Extended Deadline: 01 June 2021

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

Entry Fee: $20 VWS Members/$25 Non-Members

Judges: Tricia Dower – Fiction, Yvonne Blomer – CNF, Barbara Pelman – Poetry


  • Send your submissions as an attachment in an email to contest@victoriawriters.ca 
  • We ONLY accept electronic submissions as an email attachment.
  • This attachment MUST NOT contain your name or any other identifying features as all judging is blind, but should have title of piece on each page.
  • In the subject line of the email, write the genre you are entering. Only one previously unpublished piece per genre (Fiction, Creative Non-fiction or Poetry) is permitted.

You must include in the body of your submission email:

  • The title and genre of your piece.
  • Word count.
  • Your name, phone number and email address.
  • A short bio of yourself (max. 50 words).
  • Please indicate your payment method (e-transfer or cheque).


  • 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.
  • Only one previously unpublished piece per genre (Fiction, Creative Non-fiction or Poetry) is permitted.

Entry fees:

  • $20.00 per entry for VWS members per submission
  • $25.00 per entry for non-members per submission
  • Entry fee may be paid by E-transfer or mailed cheque.
  • E-transfer to: treasurer@victoriawriters.ca
  • Cheque to: Victoria Writers Society, P.O. Box 8311, Victoria BC V8W 3R9


  • Entries should be 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.


  • Winners only 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.

Contact the contest co-ordinator at: contest@victoriawriters.ca