The Federation of BC Writers supports and encourages developing the craft and publication of all forms of writing. We strive to create venues for our members (the residents of BC and the Yukon).

With this in mind, we offer three distinct opportunities for writers in BC and the Yukon.


Each year we hold contests in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The format and subject matter changes. There is a cash prize for each and the winner is published in WorkWorks, the Federation literary magazine.

The contests are open to Canadian residents of BC and the Yukon. Every winner receives a year’s membership in the Federation as part of the award.


The Writer-in-Residence program is new in 2020. The Federation collaborates with a community to adjudicate, sponsor and install a writer in a community in BC or Yukon that would not normally have this opportunity. The selected writer will offer workshops, develop youth writing skills and hold two readings during their stay in the community. The bulk of their time will be reserved for working on a project of their choice. 

Only current members of the Federation of BC Writers who are Canadian residents of BC or the Yukon are considered for the Writer-in-Residence program.

The first Writer-in-Residence will be in Fernie, BC, May 1-22, 2020.

If your community is interested in participating in the program, please contact the Federation President, Keith Liggett at t.keith.liggett at to learn the details and how the template can be adapted to your community.

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Call for Submissions—Fernie Writer-in-Residence

May 1-22, 2020

The Federation of BC Writers and the Fernie Writers Conference are calling for submissions for the Fernie Writer-in-Residence from May 1 to 22, 2020. Applications will be accepted from February 1 through Midnight (PDT) March 15, 2020. The Writer-in-Residence will be announced before April 1, 2020.

The Fernie Writers Conference events are held at Fernie Alpine Resort. During the year, there are several weekend Mini-Conferences. The main Fernie Writers Conference will be August 17-24, 2020 and offers participants week-long and three-day intensive workshops in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

The Writer-in Residence will lead one workshop session at the May 1, 2, 3, 2020 Mini-Conference. The writer will be expected to give a public reading at the beginning of the residency and toward the end. The writer will lead a five-session evening workshop for adults (no more than ten writers) and a similar number of sessions with youth in the community. 

The Writer-in-Residence will receive a $1500 stipend and $500 for leading a session at the May Mini-Conference.

Beyond that, the Writer-in-Residence will be able to work on a project of their own benefiting from a three-week block of time. 

The adjudication will be by Keith Liggett (President of the Federation of BC Writers and the Director of the Fernie Writers Conference), one member-at-large of the Federation of BC Writers, and one member of the Fernie community. The Writer-in-Residence must be a member of the Federation of BC Writers, a Canadian resident of BC or the Yukon and have a demonstrated publication and workshop history. There is no requirement as to genre, but a writer with experience across non-fiction, fiction and poetry may be given preference.

The decision of the adjudicators will be final.

Interested writers should apply through the Federation of BC Writers Submittable site accessed through the Fed web site or through the Fernie Writers Conference site at 

Any questions should be directed to Keith Liggett 

Application materials should include:

1. A one page cover letter.

2. Ten pages (standard manuscript formatting) of the proposed project with a one page synopsis/explanation.

3. Two-page CV detailing publishing and workshop experience.

4. Two writing craft references.

The Fernie Writer-in-Residence is supported by generous grants from the Federation of BC Writers, Fernie Lodging Company, Snow Creek Cabins, Lizard Creek Lodge, Fernie Alpine Resort, and other community members.

The Federation of BC Writers