The Vancouver Writers Fest’s Youth Writing Contest 2021

The Vancouver Writers Fest’s Youth Writing Contest 2021

Name: The Vancouver Writers Fest’s Youth Writing Contest
Category: Short stories and personal essays
Word count: 1500 words limit
Entry fee: Free
Prize: $200 for 1st Prize winner and $100 for 2nd Prize winner
Closing date: May 31, 2021

Every year, the Vancouver Writers Fest launches a youth writing contest for both fiction and poetry.

The Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual youth writing contest is open to all students enrolled in grades 8-12 in British Columbia. Contestants can submit either fiction or non-fiction short stories. Participation is FREE.

This contest is only open to British Columbia students living in British Columbia. Your entry will not be considered if you are not living and attending school in British Columbia.

The first-prize winner will receive a $200 cash prize and the second-prize winner, a $100 cash prize. Submissions this year will be judged by award-winning writer Monique Gray Smith, author of Speaking Our Truth and Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience. Entries were accepted for previously unpublished short stories (fiction or non-fiction) or poetry of 1,500 words or less.

Submission guidelines:

  • The contest is open to all writers in grades 8-12 who are attending a school or being taught in a home-school environment in British Columbia.
  • Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished short stories and personal essays.
  • Short stories and personal essays must not exceed 1,500 words.
  • Entries are judged blind. Please do not put your name on your story, in the file you have uploaded, or in the file name.
  • Entries must be submitted in MS Word or PDF formats. Please use standard margins, 12-point font and double spacing.

To submit your short stories, visit this link: Youth Writing Contest

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