WCWF Writing Contest

The Contest is Now CLOSED!

Good Luck to all Who Entered.

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Winning stories will be published in an anthology then all rights revert back to the author.


First Place in each category: $150, certificate, and full registration for Wine Country Writers Festival (WCWF) 2022, including the master class to be held in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. No other fees or expenses are covered.Travel and accommodations are not included.

Second Place in each category: $75 and certificate

Third Place in each category: $50 and certificate

Honorable Mentions: Certificate.

WCWF Contest Coordinator: Meet Kara Antifeau

Kara is an avid reader, writer, and is active within her writing community. She will be your go-to for any and your contest questions.

All entries will go to Kara. She will sort and code each one, make sure the eligibility rules are followed (pay attention to word count, dates, formatting, etc.) and when the contest closes, she will distribute entries to the judges.

Read the eligibility rules first and if you still have a question email Kara. WCWFContest@gmail.com

Judge of Short Fiction: Meet Lorna Schultz-Nicolson

Lorna started writing when she was a stay at home mom. As life morphed and changed she did too. Her pursuit of different genres including children’s, middle grade, young adult, adult, and nonfiction have kept her writing and growing as a writer. She has over forty published books with a new Young Adult novel to be released in the fall of 2021. Click here to read more.

Judge of Short NonFiction: Meet Simone Blais

Simone Blais is an award-winning writer and editor who works in a communications department by day, edits non-fiction at night, and escapes the clock entirely by writing fiction and poetry. Simone’s writing has been published in Trickhouse, Other:____ Magazine and BIG: Life in Plus Sized Bodies, an anthology published by Caitlin Press. She lives on the traditional unceded territory of the Syilx-Okanagan people, and can be found online at www.simoneblais.com

Judge of Poetry: Meet Josephine LoRe

Josephine LoRe is a Calgary-based poet and writer who has published two collections of poetry, prose and photography, “Unity” and “The Cowichan Series”, which was a Calgary Herald Bestseller. Her first short story, “Cornflower” was published in 2019.

Click here to read more.

Contest Rules and Regulations

  • Short stories FICTION maximum is 2,000 words. Any genre welcome. Going over the word count will result in disqualification…even if the count is 2001. No exceptions.
  • Short: NONFICTION maximum 2,000 words. This includes creative nonfiction, memoir, personal essay. Going over the word count will result in disqualification. No exceptions.
  • Poetry in any style or structure are welcome. Maximum 40 lines including stanza breaks. This means you count any empty breaks between as a line. Going over will result in disqualification. No exceptions.
  • If you have questions please ask.
  • Please title your work. The title is NOT included in the word count. The space between the title and the first line (poetry) does not count as a line.
  • Formatting: Manuscript: double-spaced, 12-pt Times New Roman. No special fonts or pictures. Blind submissions only— the author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript. Submit as a .docx or .pdf file. Please do not ask to snail-mail it in. All manuscripts need to be sent electronically.
  • Put your name/entry name/category of entry in the subject line.
  • Snail-Mailed manuscripts will not be considered.
  • Cover/Information Page: this is to be included with your entry as page one. It will include: Title as it appears on your manuscript, author’s legal name (no pseudonyms , address, email address, phone number, category entered, and word count.
  • All contact information is held in strict confidence and will be duly destroyed after the event. Please ensure you keep a copy as nothing will be returned. (note: if you’re entering a nonfiction work that you don’t want your real name attached then include a pen-name but your legal name must be on the cover page. Contact the Contest Coordinator if you have any questions.)
  • Payment must be made PRIOR to submission. There are two options.
    • PAYPAL: Pay with your credit card. Inform Festival Organizer: Faye Arcand of your entries (how many) she will forward a PAYPAL request for funds from ARCAND HALL VENTURES LTD. Pay and get an immediate receipt to your email.
    • E-TRANSFER: Good in Canada ONLY. Inform Festival Organizer Faye Arcand of your entries (how many) she will forward a request for funds from ARCAND HALL VENTURES LTD.
    • Entry payments for Wine Country Writers Festival are non-refundable.
    • The payment process may take up to 24 hours to complete. We appreciate your patience.
  • Email Your Entry to Each entry must include the payment receipt, manuscript and cover page.
  • All entries will be acknowledged by return email. Check your spam or junk box.
  • All submissions must contain original material, and may not have been previously published, accepted for publication, or have been a winner in another contest prior to the deadline.
  • Please note our internet policy: If a work has been briefly excerpted anywhere on the internet it is still eligible as an entry, but if it has been published or posted in its entirety on a blog or any other internet site, it is not eligible for our contest, as we retain right of first publication as a part of our mandate.
  • Short-listed writers will be notified in early September. Winners will be announced at the Wine Country Writers Festival on Saturday September 25, 2021.
  • Enter as many pieces as you like, at $15 for each entry or two for $25 if entered and paid for at the same time.
  • Submission implies the author is granting first right of publication to the Wine Country Writers Festival on the website and in an anthology. Rights then revert to the author.
  • Entering the contest grants the Wine Country Writers Festival the right to publish the entrant’s name and entry title on our website
  • Festival organizers, judges, and close family members of WCWFare not eligible to enter the contest.

Eligibility and Entry Fee:
This contest is open to writers and poets, over the age of 18, worldwide. 

$15.00 per fiction/nonfiction/poetry submission, non-refundable.

$25 for two same time submissions, non-refundable.

Multiple entries welcome if accompanied by entry fee at the time of payment/entry only. (you can’t enter one piece on August 1st for $15 and then a second on August 10th for $10…. If you choose to enter two pieces they must be paid for and then submitted at the same time.)

• Submissions must be in English.


The contest is open to all writers, over 18, established and emerging , worldwide.

August 15, 2021 2359hrs (11:59pm) PST (Pacific Standard Time ie: the time in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.)

It is your responsibility to ensure the deadline is met. Time zones, dogs who ate your story, or aliens who took over your internet–nope–won’t float. Do not harass the Contest Coordinator saying oops… or pretty please… It won’t work. And, sorry no refunds.

Winners are chosen by blind judging (only the Contest Coordinator knows the name of the writer). The Judges decisions are final.

We can’t wait to read your stories and poems. Get them in as soon as you can.

**Note. We reserve the right to extend the deadline if we deem necessary.

Good Luck and Happy Writing.

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