Islands Short Fiction Contest

The Nanaimo Arts Council is not currently taking entries/submissions for the Islands Short Fiction Contest. Submissions will reopen in March 2022.

 

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Islands Short Fiction Contest!

Special thanks to the Vancouver Island Regional Library and to Vancouver Island University. They both co-sponsored the contest by contributing personnel and prizes. Thanks as well to the Nanaimo Foundation, for providing a grant to support the participation of children and youth. We also would like to thank our core funders, the City of Nanaimo and the British Columbia Arts Council.

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Entry Period: TBA

The Islands Short Fiction Contest has three categories: Adult (19+), Youth (13–18), and Junior (12 and under). First, second, and third place will be awarded to the top three authors in each category.

Since entries are currently closed, in the meantime you can view the rules for entry and participation here.

You can also read the winning stories from the 2021 Islands Short Fiction Contest here, and those from previous years here.

The winners in all three categories will be asked to read excerpts from their stories, and, with the authors’ permission, the first, second, and third-place stories from each category will be published on our website.

We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship and material assistance from Vancouver Island University’s Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, and especially Frank Moher, Sonnet L’Abbé, and Joy Gugeler; from the Vancouver Island Regional Library, especially Jen Seper, Junior Category Judge Peter Maguire, and Youth Category Judge Arija Fisher. Our thanks also go to the Nanaimo Foundation, and especially Laurie Bienert, for its support in reaching Junior and Youth applicants. We are extremely grateful for our core funding from the City of Nanaimo, and from the British Columbia Arts Council. This program is made possible through generous assistance and funding from Vancouver Island University’s Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, the Nanaimo Foundation, The City of Nanaimo, and the British Columbia Arts Council. Special thanks to Jen Seper at VIRL, and Frank Moher, Sonnet L’Abbé, and William Litchfield at VIU, who have all contributed greatly to the contest.

Nanaimo Arts Council acknowledges with gratitude and respect that we are on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw, Snaw-naw-as, and Stz’uminus First Nations.
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