ISLANDS SHORT FICTION CONTEST RETURNS FOR
VANCOUVER ISLAND AND GULF ISLANDS WRITERS
Co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, the contest seeks entries of up to 2000 words in three categories: Adult (19 and over), Youth (13 to 18), and Junior (12 and under).
The competition drew over 100 entries last year, with winners and finalists hailing from Fanny Bay, Nanaimo, Salt Spring Island, and Victoria, among other communities. “The islands are hotbeds of literary talent,” says Nanaimo Arts Council Executive Director Sarah Schmidt, “and the contest has become an opportunity to celebrate the many writers of all ages who make them their home.
“And we’re particularly pleased that this year we’ve been able to lower the barrier for young people to participate, by removing the entry fees for the Junior and Youth categories.”
Judge of the Adult category this year is VIU Creative Writing instructor and bestselling novelist Robert Wiersema, while VIRL librarians Jennifer Seper and Justin Unrau will judge the Junior and Youth submissions.
The entry deadline is March 21, 2016. Entry forms are available at isfc.ca and at the Nanaimo Arts Council Creative Space (#4 Commercial St., Nanaimo). A $20 fee is charged per adult entry. Winners will be announced at a reception in Nanaimo in April
The Islands Short Fiction Contest is made possible by support from the Province of British Columbia and the City of Nanaimo.