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The 2019 BC Short 

Submissions are open for The 2019 BC SHORT short fiction contest that will showcase Canadian writing talent. Award-winning writer JJ Lee will be the judge of the second annual 2019 BC Short.

Sponsored by the Federation of British Columbia Writers, the BC Short is a competition for original, unpublished short stories by Canadian writers. The word length is between 1,200 and 2,000 words. (No children’s fiction.) Stories must be written in English.

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 June 1, 2019. 

Winners will be announced on July 30, 2019. 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.

“The Federation of British Columbia Writers is deeply committed to supporting and inspiring writers,” said FBCW president Ann Graham Walker. “The BC Short contest represents recognition of great reserves of fiction talent. We’re keeping the entry fees affordable, and we’re hoping to see a lot of participation.”

Award-winning writer JJ Lee has been named the judge of the 2019 BC Short. The author of  The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit lives in New Westminster.

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