Writers living on Vancouver Island and the northern and southern Gulf Islands are once again invited to enter the Islands Short Fiction Contest, now in its 13th year.

Entries of up to 2000 words are accepted in three categories: Adult (writers 19 and over), Youth (writers 13 to 18), and Junior (writers 12 and under). The contest is co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism.

Over $2000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

Judge of the adult category for 2018 is award-winning, internationally-published Victoria author Marilyn Bowering. VIRL librarians Jennifer Seper and Julie Carter will judge the Junior and Youth categories. The winner of the Youth category will be offered publication in the anthology “In Our Own Voice – 2018” from Rebel Mountain Press.

The entry deadline is March 30, 2018. Entry forms are available via and at all VIRL branches. A $20 fee is charged per adult entry. There is no fee for the youth and junior categories.

Winners will be announced at a presentation in Nanaimo in April.

For further information, e-mail [email protected] or phone 250-729-3947 (Nanaimo). Recent winners and finalists can be read at

The Islands Short Fiction Contest is made possible by support from the Province of British Columbia and the City of Nanaimo.

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