Islands Short Fiction contest

Over $2000 in cash and prizes will once again be awarded to Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands writers as the Islands Short Fiction Contest returns for 2016.

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 entry deadline is March 21, 2016. Entry forms are available here 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.


Pulp Literature

is looking for any genre or between-genre work of literature (up to 75 pages in length), or visual art (black and white) .

“Short stories, novellas, poetry, comics, illustrations — bring it on. We do not publish non-fiction, memoir, or children’s stories. Aside from that we want anything entertaining and well written.”  For more details click here

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Membership drive now on

Why be a member?

Community – talk with other writers for inspiration, encouragement and learn about process.

Practice – challenge yourself at monthly writing practice sessions. Show up, hear a prompt, write!  Good for flexing and stretching those writer muscles. Readings will also take place at various venues in and around Sooke.

Production – get into the writing habit by committing to deadlines. With SWC, the prime deadline is for the anthology. If you are a member, you can be published in the annual anthology.

Learn – from time to time we have members or guests present talks on their writing process, marketing, character development, publishing, editing etc. etc.

Support – membership funds go towards the student writing contest and future gatherings. The anthology is one form of fund raising. Fund raising events will occur in the future with ideas already sprouting for literary events and workshops.

Our Mission: To provide support, connection, inspiration and encouragement to writers* at all levels of development in the Sooke region through membership services which include monthly meetings and community outreach in the form of student writing contests, workshops and readings. *please note this group is for adults.

To become a member you can sign up here or attend the next meeting. Membership fees are $20/year. Donations gratefully accepted.