Notes from our September meeting

Target practice

target practiceUsing some upcoming contests to incite writing, members will be gathering for several feedback sessions.


FBCW 2018 Flash Prose Contest – Theme: “How I Choose to Hibernate.”
The word length is anything below 650 words, and fiction and non-fiction are allowed.
Deadline October 1, 2018

2019 CBC Short Story Prize 
stories up to 2500 words in length
Deadline October 31, 2018

SWC Anthology
There’s only 6 months to the next anthology deadline! For those of you counting it will be number 6.

Upcoming feedback sessions available for members:  Sept 19, 26 and Oct 10

Another target for poets:

Back by popular demand, The Coast Collective is looking for POEMS for their 2019 Poetry and Artwork Exhibition:

For this show, we are inviting poets to send in their poems, which will be interpreted by artists in their 2D or 3D medium of choice. The artist will create artwork inspired by their poem of choice, and the poem and artwork will be displayed in the gallery together. This show will be held during National Poetry Month 2019.

Show Runs: April 3-14, 2019

Deadline to Submit Poems: November 28, 2018
Poets Notified of Interpreted Works: March 15, 2019

More information here.


Memoir Workshop & Reading with Yvonne Blomer – Sat.,  Sept 29
1-4pm at Edward Milne Community School, Sooke
Space is limited – register here

!Calling all playwrights and screenwriters in Sooke!

Interested in writing a play or screenplay? Sheila is starting up a sub-group!
Mark October 4 on your calendar
For more information contact the collective.


  • the poetry group meets Tuesday, Sept 18th at 6:30 in the library.
  • next SWC meetings – Wed. Oct 3rd, Nov. 7, Dec 5 – at 6:30 in the library
  • next poetry meetings – Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18 – at 6:30 in the library
  • playwrights/screenwriters – first meeting Oct. 4, 6:30 at the A&W

Sooke All Sorts

Sooke All Sorts features all sorts of local writing

Cover Art by P. Pallot

From song lyrics to short fiction, memoir and poetry, Sooke All Sorts contains all sorts of writing from eighteen SWC members and five student prize winners.

This is the eleventh year we have hosted a student writing contest at Edward Milne Community School (EMCS) in Sooke and this anthology marks the fifth year of publishing the winning pieces. It was the contest that inspired us to begin publishing and we hope to continue for many more years.

The contest is written “live” at the school over the span of a few hours. Prompts, gathered from a variety of sources, are given to participants the night before. They are used for inspiration and one of them must be used within the story. Students are free to write fiction, creative non-fiction or poetry in response.

Student contest winners for 2018 are:

1st – Michael Ross for “The Soldier”
2nd – Christina Seabrook for “Run”
HM – Colby Benty for “A Dire Situation…”

1st – Max Walther for “The Gunslinger”
2nd – Colby Benty for “One Day, You Say”
HM – Ella Dennett for “Not even a Goodbye”

Books are $12 each and are currently available at the Artisan’s Garden and online. After June 18th they will also be available at the Sooke Region Museum, Well Read Books and Barking Dog Studio.

Anthology 5 along with anthologies 1 to 4 are also available here. For bulk purchases please contact us.

Proceeds of sales go to support future EMCS student writing contest prizes, a 2018 anthology and future writing events for the benefit of the community.