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KathyChung, Sunday September 25, 2011 - 9:49pm

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!

Congratulations to CHERYL ANGST!

Your book prize will be waiting for you at the registration desk at SiWC next month.

Thank you to all who submitted guesses. You certainly added lots of entertainment to my inbox the last few days.

In the end, only one person came close to the right answer, and she got it right on the nose.

And so, without further ado, I can reveal that our theme for Saturday night this year is

Fantasy: World of Imagination

The whole world of fantasy is yours for the taking when it comes to costumes for Saturday night. Get out your hobbit feet, your elf ears, or your fairy wings, or use that imagination of yours and come up with something...

KathyChung, Sunday September 25, 2011 - 9:54am

There's no shortage of very creative guesses showing up in my email, but so far, you're all off the mark. Keep at it. One more day to win while everyone else is stumped! Then I'll have to increase the hints so we can get a winner.

Here's what you should be aware of so far:

The contest is a puzzle, but the solution, not the puzzle itself, is the theme.

All the bits can be moved around individually (ie they're not stuck in pairs if you found them that way) and are not case sensitive.

We're a writers' conference, so the correct answer is something that would allow people to select costumes that relate to books if they want to dress up on Saturday night.

And yes, as reader/participant Aven pointed out to me on Facebook because I hadn't noticed it...

KathyChung, Friday September 23, 2011 - 11:46am

Guesses have been coming in fast and furious for the theme contest, but I have to tell you, not a single one has come close.

Keep trying! (Yes, you may enter more than once.)

To help you out, I've made the hints more visible. You'll find them where we keep the people. (Howzat for a hint?)

There's a puzzle element to this. Can you put the pieces together?

Good luck!

Email your guesses to me at kathychung at siwc dot ca.

KathyChung, Tuesday September 20, 2011 - 8:38pm

Just a month from now, hundreds of us will gather in Surrey for the 19th annual Surrey International Writers' Conference. We have SO much fun stuff planned. Will you be there?

As always, our Saturday night banquet will be your chance to enjoy whatever kind of evening you like best. Will you stick with your conference casual duds? Maybe pull on a skirt or a button-down shirt? Or will you join the brave, the outgoing, the outlandish and wear a costume that goes along with our theme night? It's up to you! We just know some of you have been waiting for a chance to pull one of your favourite costumes out of the closet or for an excuse to make a visit to youf favourite thrift store to put a new costume together. But first, you must identify our theme.

We are subtle...

KathyChung, Tuesday September 13, 2011 - 3:02pm

It's nearly time...


Get ready.


Wondering which of your myriad costumes will best serve your needs on SiWC Saturday night, if you're a costume-y kind of writer?


Wondering when you'll get a chance to be The Winner and identify our Saturday night theme?


Wonder just a little longer, friends. But it's coming. Soon...

KathyChung, Monday September 12, 2011 - 12:24pm

Have you been meaning to register for SiWC this year, but haven't done it yet? Get on it this week and save a few dollars.

Early bird prices expire at the end of the day (that's 11:59:59pm Pacific) on September 15. That's THIS Thursday. (I _know_! How can it be the middle of September already?!)

In honour of the deadline, I'll do a book draw on Friday for everyone who registers by the end of early bird. Yes, that counts all you super early birds, too. Hear that, BJ? :)

KathyChung, Friday September 9, 2011 - 9:42am

This is IT! Today is the last day to get your entries in for the SiWC Writing Contest.

Four categories, $4500+ in prizes.

Entries must be postmarked or received in email by midnight tonight, Friday, September 9.

All the details are on our site here:

Don't procrastinate and miss out. Get your short stories, non-fiction, poetry, or writing for kids in TODAY!

Good luck!

KathyChung, Wednesday September 7, 2011 - 10:55am

It's time once again for our annual hotel room share blog.

The comments section of this post is the place for you to connect with potential roommates to share costs at our conference hotel, the Sheraton Guildford. (Hotel information under "attendee info" on our left sidebar menu.)

Please note that we provide this space as a courtesy, and are not involved at all in the process. We do not monitor the connections, and in most cases do not know the people who post, so posts and connections are at your own risk. Please be diligent and be safe!

That being said, lots of new friends have been made at SiWC through splitting hotel costs. Have a room you want to share or hoping to join someone who already has one? Post away.

We suggest posting the...

KathyChung, Tuesday September 6, 2011 - 3:53pm

Attention teens!

Love to write? Here's your chance to win a free pass to young writers day at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference (held at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey, on Friday, October 21, a Pro-D day). 

Prize includes day pass for all Friday workshops plus a bagged lunch.   For your chance to win, simply look at our Friday schedule (  and tell us in 100 words or less what your top workshop pick would be, and why.  

Email your entry to c.merrells at siwc dot ca along with your name, grade, and school.  Contest closes September 30. 

Winner will be contacted via email on October 1.

kcdyer, Friday September 2, 2011 - 3:49pm
Tags: contest

It's time!

Time for the last-minute rush, of course.

September is here and our contest time is nigh. Details, of course can be found here: But what you need to know now is that the deadline is ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!

Just to be clear, we need to receive your entry before midnight on Friday, September 9, 2011. And yes, you can email us! Email your entry to * You can then mail us your cheque to the address listed with the contest details. [We are working on installing a PayPal button so you can pay your $15 entry fee that way. Watch this space -- we'll let you know when we have it up and...