2024 Victoria Writers’ Society Writing Contest

Fiction, Creative Non-fictionPoetry
Open to residents from Vancouver Island and its surrounding islands

Deadline: 01 June 2024

Prizes for each category:  1st  $300.00
2nd $200.00
3rd $100.00

Entry Fee: $25 VWS Members/$30 Non-Members

Judges 2024: 

Arleen Paré: Poetry

Arleen Paré is a Victoria writer with ten books of poetry and one anthology.  She’s been short-listed for the Dorothy Livesay BC Award, and has won the Victoria Butler Book Prize, a CBC Bookie Prize, the bpNichol Chapbook Award, the American Golden Crown Award for Lesbian Poetry, twice, and a Governor General’s Award for Poetry.  She lives with her wife, Chris Fox, in Victoria on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people.    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arleen_Paré

Briony Penn: Creative Non-fiction

Briony Penn is an award-winning writer of creative non-fiction books as well as a contributor to many anthologies and chapter books. She has been a feature writer and columnist for decades with over five hundred articles on environmental issues and natural history in newspapers, magazines, government publications, on-line news sources and peer-reviewed journals. She’s written environmental guides and educational handbooks for teachers in British Columbia.   https://www.brionypenn.com

Pauline Holdstock: Fiction

Pauline Holdstock is an internationally published novelist, short fiction writer and essayist whose work has been shortlisted for the ScotiaBank Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She has won the Ethel Wilson BC Book Prize for Fiction and has twice been awarded the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, most recently for her novel, Confessions With Keith (Biblioasis).    http://paulineholdstock.com/about-pauline-holdstock/


  • Send your submissions as an attachment in an email to contest@victoriawriters.ca 
  • We ONLY accept electronic submissions as an email attachment (word or pdf).
  • 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. (Fiction, Creative Non-fiction or Poetry). You may submit to all three genre categories, but only two submissions can be made per genre. Each submission must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.

You must include in the body of your submission email:

  • The title and genre of your piece.
  • Word count for prose / line count for poetry.
  • Your name, phone number and email address and place of residence.
  • A short bio of yourself (max. 50 words).
  • Please indicate your payment method (e-transfer (preferred) or cheque).
  • Please indicate whether or not you are a VWS member.


  • The contest is open to residents of Vancouver Island and its surrounding islands.
  • Work previously published or currently under consideration for publication elsewhere is not eligible to enter this competition. Winning pieces will be published by the Victoria Writers’ Society.

Entry fees:

  • $25.00 per entry for VWS members per submission
  • $30.00 per entry for non-members per submission
  • Entry fee may be paid by e-transfer (preferred) or mailed cheque 
  • Send e-transfer to: treasurer@victoriawriters.ca
  • Send cheque to: Victoria Writers Society, P.O. Box 8311, Victoria BC V8W 3R9


  • Entries should be in Times-New Roman 12 Pt. 
  • Stories to be double-spaced.
  • Poetry to be single spaced.
  • Title of work should appear at top of each page.
  • Word or .pdf files accepted

Word/line 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 by the Victoria Writers’ Society.
  • Authors and photographers retain copyright after publication.

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

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