The Invitation

We invite you to submit your finest prose and poetry to the tenth annual Writers Festival Poetry & Short Story Contest, presented by the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Now in its 21st year, the Writers Festival celebrates a world of words each October on Granville Island. We now invite you to contribute your words.

The contest deadline is 5 pm, October 26, the last day of the 2008 Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival. Entries may be dropped off at Book Warehouse locations, or delivered by hand or mail to the Writers Festival office. Entries will be judged by professionals in the writing and publishing industries. Winners will be announced by January 12, 2009.

The Rewards

· 1st prize – $350

· 2nd prize – $250

Prizes will be awarded to the top two entries in both the poetry and creative short fiction categories. First place winners in each category will be published in the spring 2009 issue of subTERRAIN magazine and all winners will be published on the Festival website http://www.writersfest.bc.ca.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

· Originality & imagination

· Emotion

· Focus & clarity

· Organized, fluid writing style

· Authenticity,strength & distinctness of voice

The Rules

1. The contest is open to all writers.

2. Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished work in each category:

o Poetry (any style): 500 word limit

o Creative Short Fiction: 1,500 word limit

3. Entries will be judged blind. Please do not put your name on your story or poem. On a separate sheet, include your name, address and phone number and the word count of your piece. For each story or poem, please include a $10 entry fee (Canadian funds only please). Please make cheques payable to the Vancouver International Writers Festival.

4. Drop off your submissions at any Book Warehouse store or at the Vancouver International Writers Festival, 202–1398 Cartwright St., Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8.

5. Please submit entries typed (double spaced for short stories), on 8 1/2×11 inch paper.

6. Please submit two copies of each entry.

7. Please do not send originals; entries cannot be returned.

8. Winners will be selected by a panel of publishing and writing professionals.

9. Entries must be postmarked or delivered by 5 pm October 26, 2008.

For further information, please check the official website: WritersFest



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