The Federation of BC Writers accepts submissions for its magazine, WordWorks, and also runs contests throughout the year.

Contests We run contests periodically throughout the year. The 2018 Flash Prose Contest is coming soon!

WordWorks Magazine
There are no submission fees when submitting to the magazine. We are always looking for articles discussing the craft or business of writing, and welcome both queries and completed articles. You do not need to be a member to submit, but non-members will receive a membership to the FBCW as partial payment. 

 

Submission Guidelines:

  • Unless otherwise specified, under 2000 words for all submissions.
  • Unless otherwise specified up to 60 lines (including title) for poetry, up to three poems in a single submission.
  • All submissions to go through Submittable: fbcw.submittable.com/submit
  • We pay for published submissions. Current rates are .25/word for articles, and $75 per poem or creative prose piece. We also pay $100 for cover art and $25.00 for other interior images. These rates are subject to change without notice. Articles that require extensive editorial work or mentoring may be paid at lower rates–this will be discussed and agreed upon with the writer before publication.
  • We are willing to accept reprints, but will not pay full rates for such submissions. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, please just let us know immediately if another journal accepts it for publication.  We will not be able to pay full rates if it has already been published.

Please read previous issues to get an idea of what kinds of writing we are likely to consider. If you have any questions, please let us know, or visit our website to learn more.

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The FBCW seeks poetry with a unique voice and perspective that reflects upon the question “Who is the Other?” We celebrate each writers’ diversity, and welcome new voices to submit. We look forward to your submissions.

Categories

o Youth – 19 and Under – 40 line limit

Judge –   Renée Saklikar is Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey, British Columbia. Her latest book is a B.C. Bestseller: Listening to the Bees. Renee’s first book, children of air india, un/authorized exhibits and interjections, about the bombing of Air India Flight 182, won the 2014 Canadian Authors Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the 2014 Dorothy Livesay (BC Book Prize) 

o Adult– 20 and Over – 40 line limit

Judge –  Fiona Tinwei Lam’ has authored two poetry books and a children’s book. She edited The Bright Well: Canadian Poems on Facing Cancer, and co-edited Love Me True: Writers on the Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Marriage. She has won The New Quarterly’s Nick Blatchford prize and was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Her poetry videos have screened at festivals locally and internationally. She has a new collection of poems forthcoming with Caitlin Press in 2019.

Prizes 

The winner of each category will receive a cash prize of $350

Contest Details

- Please state whether applying for YOUTH or REGULAR contest in your cover letter.

• The deadline for submissions is midnight February 1, 2019.

• The contest is open to residents of Canada and Canadian citizens.

• A short list will be published at www.bcwriters.ca on February 16, 2019.

• Winners will be notified by email.

• Winners will be announced at www.bcwriters.ca on March 1, 2019.

• Winning entries will be published in the FBCW’s magazine, WordWorks. The winners will also receive a year’s FBCW membership.

Guidelines

• One poem per entry, maximum length 40 lines, including title, on one page.

• Entry fee for each submission is $10 for FBCW members, $15 for non-FBCW members.

• All submitted work must be original, previously unpublished, and not awaiting publication anywhere. Previously published is considered to be any appearance in print or online, including on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

• Please use standard margins, 12 point font.

• Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

Entries will be blind judged. To assure anonymity please do not put your name on your story or poem in the file you upload or in the file name. Make sure the title of your piece is in the file name.

Judging will be based on

• Compelling use of language

• Creative and interesting development of the theme

• Overall writing style

How to Submit 

To enter, please visit fbcw.submittable.com/submit, and follow the directions listed on the page. You will need to have ready:

• Your submission in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file format with no identifiable information on any of the pages

• A cover letter, including a short biographical statement. This will be pasted into the form, not attached.

• The title of the submission

• A paypal account or credit card to pay the submission fee 

Only online entries will be accepted. FBCW has designated the external site Submittable to manage the submissions to the contest.

WordWorks is published quarterly for members of the Federation of BC Writers and distributed by mail and email to a broad list of readers interested in literature in BC. It is also sent to schools, libraries, and other organizations in the province. Content is often provided by members of the Federation of BC Writers, but non-members are encouraged to submit. If you would like to submit something, or if you have a story idea you would like to see included in WordWorks, contact Editor Shaleeta Harrison. We are currently searching for submissions of articles and art. See dates and themes below.

Submission Guidelines for written submissions

  • Unless otherwise specified, between 600 and 2000 words for articles.
  • Unless otherwise specified up to 60 lines (including title) for poetry, up to three poems in a single submission.
  • Please use standard professional formatting.
  • We pay for published submissions. Current rates are $0.25/word articles, a $75 honorarium for creative submissions, $100 per cover art, and $25.00 per interior image. These rates are subject to change without notice. Articles that require extensive editorial work or mentoring may be paid at lower rates–this will be discussed and agreed upon with the writer before publication.
  • We are willing to accept reprints, but will not pay full rates to such submissions.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, please just let us know immediately if another journal accepts it for publication.  We will not be able to pay full rates if it has already been published.

We are also interested in cover art 

  • High-quality large submissions of paintings, photography, sketches, or multimedia are considered
  • Please send a 5mb or less version of the artwork as a query–if shortlisted, we will ask for a larger version
  • All published covers will be paid. If you have any questions, please email visuals@bcwriters.ca

Be Prepared

To get an idea of the kind of material we run, visit the WordWorks archives and have a look through some back issues.

How long will it take to get an answer?

We do our best to answer quickly, but we could take as long as 90 days to respond with a firm answer. If you haven't heard by then, we welcome you to send a follow up message to us. We are fine with simultaneous submissions, as well.


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