2024 CONTESTS
NOW OPEN

PRIZES

1st
Place

Winner in Each Category

$500

+ An Interview in WordWorks Magazine
+ A Reading of the Winning Entry (or excerpt) at the 2025 FBCW Gala
+ Inclusion in the 2024 Anthology
+ 3 Complimentary Copies of the 2024 Anthology
+ Author Pricing on Additional Anthology Orders

2nd
Place

Runner Up in Each Category

$250

+
Inclusion in the 2024 Anthology
+
2 Complimentary Copies of the 2024 Anthology
+
Author Pricing on Additional Anthology Orders
 

Short
List

Top 10 Entries in Each Category

$50

+
Inclusion in the 2024 Anthology
+
1 Complimentary Copy of the 2024 Anthology
+
Author Pricing on Additional Anthology Orders
 

Bonus Categories

Featuring BC and Debut Author

$50

+
Inclusion in the 2024 Anthology
+
1 Complimentary Copy of the 2024 Anthology
+
Author Pricing on additional Anthology Orders
 

Our Judges

Creative Nonfiction

HARRISON MOONEY

HARRISON MOONEY is a best-selling author and journalist who was recently awarded the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for his debut memoir, Invisible Boy. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun, National Post, the Guardian, Yahoo and Maclean’s. He lives in East Vancouver with his family.

 

Flash Fiction

BARBARA BLACK

BARBARA BLACK writes short and flash fiction, poetry and libretti. Her work has appeared in national and international publications and anthologies, including The Cincinnati Review, Geist, The Hong Kong Review and Bath Flash Fiction Award anthology 2020. Achievements include: Fiction Finalist, 2020 National Magazine Awards; Winner, 2017 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition; Winner, Federation of BC Writers Contests (Prose Poem) 2018 and (Flash Fiction) 2021/2022; and Shortlisted for the 2023 Edinburgh Flash Fiction Award. She recently won First Prize in The Plaza Prizes Microfiction Contest and placed Second in their Flash Fiction Category. She is the author of Music from a Strange Planet, released in 2021 to critical acclaim, and most recently, Little Fortified Stories, a collection of flash and micro fiction. Black lives in Victoria, BC, where she gardens and loves to ride the twisties on her trusty Triumph motorcycle.

Poetry

YVONNE BLOMER

YVONNE BLOMER’s The Last Show on Earth, (Caitlin Press, 2022) explores grief, love and climate change. She has edited five anthologies, most recently: Hologram: Homage to PK Page. She is the past poet laureate of Victoria, BC, and was 2022-23 Arc Poetry Magazine poet-in-residence. Her sixth book of poetry/a mystery in poetry, “Death of Persephone: A Murder” is forthcoming in the fall of 2024. She lives on the territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) people.

Short Story

LYDIA KWA

LYDIA KWA was born in Singapore but moved to Toronto to begin studies in Psychology at U of Toronto in 1980. After finishing her graduate studies in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, she moved to Calgary, Alberta; then to Vancouver, and has lived and worked here on the traditional and the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples since 1992.

Kwa has published two books of poetry (The Colours of Heroines, 1992; sinuous, 2013) and four novels (This Place Called Absence, 2000; The Walking Boy, 2005 and 2019; Pulse, 2010 and 2014; Oracle Bone, 2017). Her fifth novel A Dream Wants Waking has been published by Buckrider Books, an imprint of Wolsak & Wynn in Fall 2023. A third book of poetry from time to new will be published by Gordon Hill Press in Fall 2024.

She won the Earle Birney Poetry Prize in 2018; and her novels have been nominated for several awards, including the Lambda Literary Award for Fiction.

ENTRY FEES

FBCW Member Price

$15

Guest Price

$25

1 entry fee allows for 1 entry. Participants may enter as many times as they wish. This contest works on a cost recovery model. Entry fees help us pay for readers, judges, prizes, administration, and anthology production.  In the event of a surplus, funds are used to provide low cost writing workshops and sessions for the broader writing community of British Columbia