Short Fiction Contest

Nanaimo Arts CouncilThe Islands Short Fiction Contest is back, co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism and the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Writers of all ages on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are invited to enter short stories of up to 2000 words.

Entries are welcome in the categories of Adult (19 and over), Youth (13 to 18) and Junior (ages 12 and under). There is over $1000 in cash and prizes to be won including a bursary for a course in the VIU Creative Writing and Journalism Department.

The judge in the Adult category for 2014 is Kathy Page, a VIU Creative Writing instructor and widely-published author of fiction.

Judge for the Junior Category is by day, Frankenstein’s Monster, AKA Lee Losell, is a guitar-wearing children’s librarian originally from the Interior of BC.

Judge for the Children’s category is Sheila Hammond-Todd a Children & Youth Services librarian at the Nanaimo Harbourfront branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library. She hails from Seattle and received an excellent Liberal Arts education at The Evergreen State College in Olympia receiving her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science in 2009 and worked for Mesa County Libraries in Colorado prior to moving to Vancouver Island.

The deadline for entry is March 17, 2014. Entry forms are available on the Nanaimo Arts Council website ( and at the Nanaimo Arts Council Gallery (North Town Centre, 4750 Rutherford Road). A $20 fee is charged per adult entry, $15 for Junior and Youth entries. Winners will be announced in April at a special event co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council and VIU.

Start writing!



Contact: Sarah Schmidt

Nanaimo Arts Council 250-729-3947


Posted in Arts and Entertainment, March 2014

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