2014 SiWC Writing Contest Rules and Guidelines

Welcome to the 22nd Annual Writing Contest!

  1. The Surrey International Writers' Conference Writing Contest is open to all writers 18 years and older. Young writers can submit to Surrey Public Library's Young Writers' Contest. Surrey International Writers' Conference paid staff, board members, and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.

  2. All submissions must contain original material, and may not have been previously published, accepted for publication, or have been a winner in another contest prior to the deadline. Please note our internet policy: If a work has been excerpted anywhere on the internet it is still eligible as an entry, but if it has been published or posted in its entirety on a blog or any other internet site, it is not eligible for our contest, as we retain rights of first publication as a part of our mandate.

  3. Four Categories:
    SIWC Storyteller's Award: short stories 2,500 — 5,000 words
    SIWC Non-fiction Award: maximum length 1,500 words
    SiWC Writing For Young People Award: maximum length 1,500 words
    SIWC Poetry Award: one poem per submission: 100 lines max.

  4. Standard manuscript format — double-spaced, typed, one side only on white 8-1/ 2 x 11" paper (letter-sized), each page to include title and page number only. No staples, please. Poetry may be single-spaced.

  5. Blind submissions — the author's name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript except cover page.

  6. Hard copy submissions will be accepted by surface mail. Send your entry to:

    SiWC Writing Contest
    Suite # 544
    151 - 10090 152nd Street
    Surrey, BC V3R 8X8

    Include a cover page listing the writer's name, address, email address, phone number, entry title, word length, and award competition category. Attach to manuscript with paper clip. All information is held in strict confidence, and will be destroyed after the contest winners are announced. Manuscripts are not returned. Also include entry fee of $15 per submission.

  7. Entries are also accepted by email. Please follow the submission guidelines as noted above and copy your cover page and your submission into the body of your email. Send your email to contest@siwc.ca. Attachments will be deleted, unread. The contest coordinator will print and format your submission (including a cover page) as per above instructions for consideration by the judges. Submit your entry fee via our PayPal button on the site [not available until April 1, 2014], or send your cheque or money order for $15 per submission to:

    SiWC Writing Contest
    Suite # 544
    151 - 10090 152nd Street
    Surrey, BC V3R 8X8

    Emailed entries will not be considered until the entry fee is received.

  8. In addition to hard copy, all entrants must be able to submit their work by email if requested. (This enables us to forward short-listed work to the final judges, and to produce the anthology of winning work in time for the conference). Short-listed writers will be notified in early October.

  9. No entries will be returned. If you would like receipt of your entry acknowledged, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard. All email entries are acknowledged by return email.

  10. Final judges to be announced.

  11. Please note, there are TWO options for submission of entries:

    a) Mail deliveries:

    SiWC Writing Contest
    Suite # 544
    151 - 10090 152nd Street
    Surrey, BC V3R 8X8

    b) Email entries: Submit your work in the body of your email to contest@siwc.ca. Attachments will be deleted.

    All entries must be sent by email or regular mail. There is NO drop-off point available for hard copies.

  12. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: All entries must be postmarked or emailed by Friday, September 12, 2014. No late entries will be considered.

  13. Only work which conforms to all the guidelines can be considered. Due to the volume of entries, we are unable to contact writers whose entries are incomplete. Check that yours meets every requirement before submitting.

  14. The judges and conference/contest organizers cannot comment on individual entries.

  15. Entry fees: $15 per submission. You may enter as many pieces as you like in one or more categories, but each entry must be accompanied by the $15 fee. You may combine fees in one cheque or money order. Cheques/money orders must be included with all entries, and be payable to SiWC. Fees must be postmarked by the deadline of September 12, 2014.

    Please Note: You can now submit your entry fee online via Credit card, debit card or your Paypal account. Just enter the name of the author of the piece you are submitting, and click the Paypal button in the right sidebar of this page. Paypal will process your payment and send you a receipt by email. Make sure you enter the author's name so we can match the payment to the work submitted. Please note that PayPal payments must be submitted individually, one per entry. Remember to push the button only once for each entry, or you may be charged twice. Refunds are not available.

  16. Winners will be informed in early October, 2014. Prizes will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony at the conference. Winners will be listed here on the in the week after the conference.

  17. Prizes:

    Storyteller's Award: 1st Place $1,000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each.
    Nonfiction Award: 1st Place $1,000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each.
    Writing For Young People Award: 1st Place $1,000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each.
    Poetry Award: 1st Place $1,000 and anthology; Honourable Mention(s) $150 each.

    In some cases, prizes may not be awarded exactly as noted, according to the discretion of the judges. All winning entries will be published in the Writing Contest anthology, which will be available at the conference Friday evening, immediately following the announcement of the winners.

  18. Submission implies the author is granting first right of publication to the SiWC, as winners will be published in our annual anthology. Rights then revert to the author. Entering the contest also grants the SIWC the right to publish the entrant's name in the contest anthology and the SIWC website, should the entrant be short-listed for, or win, a SIWC writing contest prize. The SIWC privacy policy link can be found at the bottom of every page on the site.

Direct any queries about the contest to kc dyer: contest@siwc.ca. Happy writing!