VWS Writing Contest


2021 Victoria Writers’ Society Writing Contest!

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

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

All prize winners will be invited to publish in the Island Writer Literary Magazine

Judges TBA

Deadline: 01 May 2021


  • Send your submissions as an attachment in an email to contest@victoriawriters.ca 
  • We ONLY accept electronic submissions.
  • In the subject line of the email, write the genre you are entering.

Include your poem, creative non-fiction, fiction piece as an ATTACHMENT which must include:

  • The title of your piece.
  • Word count.

This attachment MUST NOT contain your name or any other identifying features as all judging is blind.

In the body of your email, please send the following:

  • The title and genre of your piece;
  • Your name, phone number and email address – a short (max. 50 words) bio
  • Please indicate in writing your payment method (e-transfer or cheque).

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

Entry fees:

  • $20.00 per entry for VWS members
  • $25.00 per entry for non-members
  • An entry fee must be paid for each submission.
  • 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.


  • 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.