Canada 150

In Celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the theme for this year’s contest is Canada. Stories or poems can be set in the past, present or future and be of any genre as long as they reflect Canada in some way.

The Word on the Lake Writing Contest is open to all writers 18 years and older. 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. Contest opens November 15, 2016.  All submissions must be emailed and received by midnight March 1, 2017. Please note that paper or PDF submissions are not accepted.

Categories:

  • Fiction short stories: 1200 -1500 words
  • Non-fiction: 1200 – 1500 words
  • Poetry: one poem per page. You may submit up to three poems per entry fee.

Instructions:

Include a cover page listing the writer’s name, address, email address, phone number, entry title, word length, and award competition category. The author’s name must appear only on the cover page. Each page must include title and page number. Use standard manuscript format: double-spaced, type font: Times New Roman 12. Poetry may be single-spaced. Please proof read and spell check your submission before sending.

Submit your work as an attached word document. PDF and hard copy submissions will not be accepted. Email your submission to: contest.saow@gmail.com .  State in the subject line of the email: Word on the Lake Writing Contest.


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Entries will not be considered until the entry fee is received.  The $15.00 entry fee per submission can be paid by PayPal on our website or by cheque made out to the Shuswap Association of Writers. Please add at the bottom of the cheque, Writing Contest, and mail it to:

Word on the Lake Writing Contest
PO Box 1134
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4P3

No entries will be returned. If you would like confirmation of receipt of your entry, use the request/read receipt option under tools in your email.

Winners will be notified no later than the last week of April 2017.

All manuscripts and personal information will be destroyed after the contest winners are announced.

Prizes:
Anthology-Front-CoverAll First Place winners in each category will receive $150 cash prize plus a 2017 conference package including banquet ($230 value) and be published in the Askew’s Foods Word on the Lake Writing Contest Anthology.

All Second Place winners in each category will receive $75 cash plus a $50 banquet ticket for Saturday Night’s award ceremony and published in the Word on the Lake Writing Contest Anthology.

All Honourable Mention winners in each category will receive $50 cash plus $50 banquet ticket for Saturday Night’s award ceremony and published in the Askew’s Foods Word on the Lake Writing Contest Anthology.

All prizes must be accepted as offered. No cash substitutions for conference package or banquet ticket. The conference package and banquet ticket prizes are not transferable.

In some cases, prizes may not be awarded exactly as noted, according to the discretion of the judges. All winning entries will be published in the Anthology, which will be available at the conference and through the conference web site. Winners will be listed on the conference website, www.wordonthelakewritersfestival.com, in the week after the conference.

Right of Publication:

Submission implies the author is granting first right of publication to the Shuswap Association of Writers as winners will be published in our annual anthology. Rights then revert to the author. Entering the contest also grants the Shuswap Association of Writers the right to publish the entrant’s name in the contest anthology and the Shuswap Association of Writers website, should the entrant wins a writing contest prize.

Questions:

Direct any queries about the contest to: contest.saow@gmail.com and state in subject line of email: Questions concerning writing contest. We will do our best to respond within 24 hours.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: All entries must be received by email by midnight March 1, 2017. The right to extend the conference deadline is at the discretion of the Shuswap Association of Writers.  Announcements will be made in advance of the deadline if this situation arises.

Word on the Lake Writing Contest 2016 Winners

Nonfiction Awards

First Place: The Art of Hiking in Flip Flops by Serene Caner
Second Place: Birthing Relationships by Ev Bishop
Honourable Mention: Enlightning by Michael Van Ziffle

Poetry Awards

First Place: End of the Line by Fran Bourassa
Second Place: At Whiterock Beach by Susan Arens
Honourable Mention: Irregular Shapes by Ev Bishop

Fiction Awards

First Place: Agnes Alone by James Bowlby
Second Place: A Fondness for Chocolate by Christina Myers
Honourable Mention: Pinky Boy & Big Bean by Alexina Dalgetty

Anthologies for 2016 can be purchased at Bookingham Palace Bookstore, 225 1151 10th Ave. (Piccadilly Mall) Salmon Arm BC 1-250-832-3948