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: TBA


  • 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: contestpayment@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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