Writing Contest Deadline Now One Month Away!

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Surrey International Writers' Conference Newsletter

From the kalloused carbuncle of kc dyer:

kc dyer photoHi Everyone,

Are you ready? Our 16th Annual SiWC Writing Contest deadline is just one month away. Haven't put pen to paper yet? Now's the time. You have until 4 pm, Friday, September 5th, 2008 to submit your work. We have four categories -- Poetry, Writing for Young People, Non-Fiction and the Storyteller's Award (Fiction). This prestigious contest offers one of the richest purses in the country...and we are just waiting to hand the prizes over to the best writing we can find. Each category offers a prize of $1000 and publication of your work in our anthology. Our contest fees have not been raised in more than 5 years! Each entry costs a mere $15. And did you know you can submit your entry on-line? Click here for our contest page and read all the submission details: SiWC Contest page.

What else is new? How about the SiWC Soapbox, our new podcast? You'll find a link to it on the front page of our website (here: SiWC Podcast). The podcast is our way of bringing you some of the voices of SiWC 2008 before you even get to the conference! In the coming weeks, we'll be interviewing a whole slew of folks who  are involved with the conference, from presenters to board members to hotel staff. Listen to the sounds of SiWC 2008 by podcast, and leave us your comments on the site. Want someone special interviewed? Let us know -- we'll do our best to cover all requests.

A reminder that you can now get an RSS feed to connect you with all the latest in things SiWC, including our blog, our 'What's New' page, this newsletter and of course -- the latest Soapbox podcast. (If you're not sure about how an RSS feed will make your life easier, we can tell you all about that, too. Click here to find easy instructions to the Really Simple Syndication feeds and How They Can Work for YOU: RSS Feed Help.

As you know, registration opened July 15th and our numbers are climbing fast! We've sold out for the past few years, so avoid disappointment and make sure you get yourself registered, and signed up for your complimentary Blue Pencil and Pitch appointments early.

Keep an eye out for the next newsletter -- I plan to give you a sneak peek into some of the special events we have planned for SiWC 2008. And remember -- if you have any questions or concerns -- you know where to find me: kcdyer@siwc.ca

Talk to you soon.

      ~ kcdyer
kc dyer
SiWC Conference Coordinator

The Surrey International Writers' Conference, held every October in British Columbia, is the most comprehensive conference of its kind in Canada. SiWC offers writers in all genres -- from beginners to experts -- the opportunity both to hone their craft and to expose their work to the international literary marketplace. For more information please visit http://www.siwc.ca