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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Ends on October 1, 2018$10.00 - 15.00
$10.00 - 15.00

 Submissions are open for a new international flash prose contest that will showcase writing talent from around the world.

Griffin Poetry Prize winning poet Jane Munro will be the judge of the 2018 Flash Prose Contest. Sponsored by the Federation of British Columbia Writers, the Flash Prose Contest will debut in 2018, a competition for original, unpublished short stories. The word length is anything below 650 words, and fiction and non-fiction are allowed. Stories must be written in English. The theme can be interpreted however you would like, and is "How I Choose to Hibernate."

First prize is $350.

The entry fee is $15. Members of the FBCW pay only $10 to enter.

Entrants should use Submittable to submit their entries.

The name of the entrant must not appear anywhere on the entry itself.

Work must be original and not previously published.

Submissions must be in MS Word, PDF or RTF format, in Times New Roman 12 Point font.

Electronic submissions only.

The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2018.

Winners will be announced on October 31, 2018.

The winning entry will be published in WordWorks, the magazine of the Federation of BC Writers. 

Board members of the FBCW and their immediate family are not eligible to enter. 

Visit bcwriters.ca for more information about the Federation of British Columbia Writers.

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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