Time’s Ticking, Ticking, Ticking…. WCWF Writing Contest Closes In a Week…

Well, here we are nearing the middle of August and that of course can only mean one thing… You gotta get those entries in.

We all have stories to share.

I received validation from a writing contest several years ago. It was the Writer’s Digest Annual Contest. Back in those days (must’ve been around 2006), I received a letter of congratulations—I was like 89th out of thousands.

I have no idea how many letters they sent out but dang, it made my day.

Entering a contest can be scary, that’s why we chose really professional and thorough judges. They’ll treat all your entries with the respect they deserve.

I’ll probably throw out a couple more reminders this week.

So, come step through and get that story submitted…

Close date is August 15, 2021 @ midnight!

Source: Unsplash Tim Mossholder


NOTE: You DO NOT have to attend or register for the Festival in order to enter the writing contest.

It’s all about EMAIL…


Email the above address and tell me how many entries you want to submit.

One entry is $15 Two entries: $25

You can e-transfer funds to above email address. No password or special code is required. It is a direct deposit.

If you prefer PayPal: send funds to the above email.

A confirmation of payment will be sent to Kara Antifeau, the Contest Coordinator. She’ll then expect and watch for your entry(s).

If there are any questions, first check out the

Contest Page WCWFContest@gmail.com

Have Fun… Go For It.

(Cover photo: Source: Unsplash Waranont (Joe)

The Book Bar of Talent!

Have you had the opportunity to check out the WCWF Book Bar?

Wow!! Like Wow!! There are mega talented Writers and Creatives here.

If you’re looking for a great read for August here is a GREAT selection of books.


  • Romance
  • Memoir
  • How To…
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Dystopian
  • Christian Fiction
  • Young Adult
  • Poetry
  • Thriller
  • Self Help
  • Cook Books

Something for everyone! Let’s support our fellow authors.

Check the Presenters Page…

Wow…what awesome talent we have presenting for the Wine Country Writer’s Festival.

We will have a classes on ….

  • poetry
  • flash fiction
  • building your brand
  • memoir
  • how to build a story…
  • creative nonfiction
  • collaborative editing

And that’s just the beginning.

There’s also the Master Class, a writing contest, blue pencils, and you can even pitch to an agent or publisher….

Wowsers! There’s so much going on.

Don’t hesitate to contact me at wcwfestival@gmail.com

Remember: the Saturday workshops are Free to attend.

  • A six minute pitch to an agent or publisher is $25
  • A blue pencil is only $15
  • Master Class which is all about query letters/publishing world is only $20
  • To enter the fiction/nonfiction/or poetry contest is only $15
  • and the networking and learning….is priceless!

Payments are accepted via e-transfer or PayPal.

Have You Entered The Writing Contest Yet? What are You Waiting For?

Wine Country Writers’ Festival has put together a stellar group of judges for the WCWF Writing Contest.

There are three categories.

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Fiction: Do you have a short story that’ll blow us away?

There are no restrictions on genre or topics. The only thing is the word length and a great story.

Hey, take an old story and revamp it, or write a fresh one, or present something original and thoughtful. The sky’s the limit. WOW us.

Non-Fiction: A memoir, or a memory? Creative non-fiction? What have you got?

Source: Unsplash Hannah Grace

There are so many great stories out there, we’d sure like to see some of them show up here.

Or, Maybe you’re a Poet?

Give us your best in 40 lines or less. How exciting is that?

With Wine Country Writers Festival being an intimate boutique festival, the odds will be in your favor. I think it’s probably safe to say we won’t get thousands (or even hundreds) of entries.

The chances of winning are definitely in your favor.

What are you waiting for?

Only $15. Contact WCWFestival@gmail.com to arrange payment or ask Kara the Contest Coordinator at WCWFContest@gmail.com

Click to Check it out now!

Contest closes on August 15, 2021. Don’t Miss it.

Have you Booked Your Pitch Session?

Blue pencils are still available–it’s so exciting to have your work read and critiqued by someone in the industry.

It’s a great way to work toward getting a finished and polished product. Don’t forget to book a blue pencil when you register.

There are pitch sessions available if you have a manuscript you’d like to pitch to an agent or publisher. Check their guidelines and needs. Cost is $25. You can pitch to

Any questions? Email me at WCWFestival@gmail.com

That’s it for now. I’m enjoying all the emails and look forward to meeting lots of new people.

The Master Class…

Just the sound of “Master Class” sounds so daunting.

I always thought you had to be an experienced writer or expert to attend–you know…a “master”.

Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The idea of a master class is that it is longer in duration and usually more in depth on the subject at hand.

A Master Class is a place to learn from the best! They’re the “Master”.

For the Wine Country Writers’ Festival, Agent/CEO/Agency Owner SAM HIYATE will be presenting the 2.5-3 hour class via Zoom.

What a FANTASTIC opportunity to meet a top agent in the business and have the opportunity to ask questions. That is so exciting.

Wine Country Writers’ Festival Master Class will be held on Friday September 24, 2021 via Zoom. Time is yet to be determined but Sam will be joining us from Toronto so the class will start early enough so we’re not up all night.

There will be an opportunity to have your query letter anonymously critiqued by top literary agent Sam Hiyate. He will also take questions– so make sure you write down your questions.

**we ask that query letters be submitted a few days before the class**

Cost is only $20 to do a three hour class with a CEO and President of the very successful Toronto and Calgary based Literary Agency The Rights Factory.

Here is an overview of the Master Class. You don’t want to miss it.

What Publishers Want (and Authors Need): 
Today’s literary marketplace remains a mystery. Often new writers ask themselves, what do I do next? How do I write a query letter that will stand out? What are editors really looking for? Most importantly, how do I know that my work is ready to be submitted? And when should I choose to perhaps Self-Publish?

Sam Hiyate will examine the publishing world in Canada, the U.S. and international markets in this 3-hour masterclass. What are the market’s needs, wants, trends and ‘must haves’? Come with your questions. 

What are you waiting for? Move your writing to the next level and learn from the best. Register today.

There will also be limited pitch sessions available with Sam Hiyate on Saturday September 25, 2021 You must be registered to save a pitch spot. There is a cost of $25 for a six minute pitch.

To register please email wcwfestival@gmail.com

Payments will be accepted via e-transfer or PayPal.

What’s a “Blue Pencil?” How Will it Help Me?

A blue pencil (sometimes referred to as a red pencil) is a process by which you, the writer, submit up to 750 words of your work prior to the event so that a professional writer/industry person may look over it and then meet to discuss it with you.

During the session you’ll be able to discuss any issues or questions you have about your work.

The meetings are short, and because the pages have been previously provided, an immediate discussion can occur. It is meant to spur positive energy and may come in the form of corrections, suggestions, or opinions.

It is always good to have experienced eyes see your work as it can often be invaluable in moving it to the next level.

How you can prepare for your Blue Pencil Appointment:

  • submit your pages well in advance
  • have any questions ready that you want to ask
  • ask for professional opinions
  • leave the defensiveness at the door. It doesn’t help you.
  • be ready for this question: What is your book about? Practice a one minute answer–or even shorter. Include your genre, sub-genre, (ie: Fiction, genre: Romance, sub-genre: Young adult. If there are further descriptions then include like historical, LGBTQ, or Christian etc. The reader should not be surprised by such sub-genres) basic plot to pique interest. Think of this as your one minute pitch. Be as specific as possible.

Wine Country Writers’ Festival blue pencils will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. You must first be registered. There is a $15 fee for a 12 minute blue pencil.

When you register please indicate whether or not you’re interested in a blue pencil.

If you have any questions please contact me at WCWFestival@gmail.com

What’s on the Virtual Agenda?

On the Presenters Page you’ll now see what workshop they’ll be doing

I looked at it and was flabbergasted that these workshops are FREE!

Oh My Goodness!! So much to learn and garner from these experts.

Whether you’re looking for a class on building a story, collaborative editing, building your brand–it’s all here. WOW!

Take a look and register soon. The space is limited.

And remember the Master Class is ONLY $20. Sam Hiyate of The Rights Agency will talk about query letters and what agents and publishers are seeking. Don’t miss it. This 2.5-3 hours class will be well worth the small fee.

What are you waiting for?

Questions? Email: wcwfestival@gmail.com

Moving Right Along…

Things are starting to really warm up at the Wine Country Writers Festival!

Registrations are happening now on a regular basis. The furthest away so far is from Spain.

Have You Checked Out The Book Bar?

As the titles continue to grow so do the genres!

So far we have

  • Romance
  • Suspense
  • Horror Anthology
  • Christian Romance
  • Poetry
  • Short Story Collection
  • Young Adult
  • and How To…

What’s next? If you have a book that you’d like to display at the WCWF Book Bar the cost is only $10 (+gst) for up to three books. Links to buy and author site also included.

Have a look to see what’s there now.

Keep the questions and registrations coming.