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2016 Valerie B-Taylor Young Writers Awards

The Federation of British Columbia Writers invites young writers (29 and under) to submit to our annual Valerie B-Taylor Young Writers Awards. Winners in each of three categories – – fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry – – will be published in the Fed’s quarterly magazine, WordWorks, as well as receiving a year’s membership in the FBCW and $100 in cash.

There is no submission fee!

Entries must be sent by email only. Detailed instructions are below. Judging will be blind.


The deadline for submission to the 2016 Valerie B-Taylor Young Writers Awards is midnight on February 17, 2016.


We have three wonderful final judges for 2016. For poetry: Leaf Press publisher and renowned Vancouver Island poet, Ursula Vaira. Fiction: 2014 Victoria Butler Book Prize winner and prolific author MAC Farrant.  Non-Fiction: Readers’ Digest author and award winning humourist Judy Millar.  Judges will pick winners in each of two age groups: 18 and under and 19-29.

See more information about the Judges Here. 


  • All submitted work must be original, unpublished, and not awaiting publication anywhere. Previously published is considered to be any appearance in print or online, including on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

  • All submissions are to be formatted in a serif or sans 12pt font, with margins of at least one inch. Acceptable file formats are .doc, docx and pdf.

  • Poetry – No more than three poems per entry; maximum length for each poem 50 lines (including spaces)

  • Short fiction and creative non-fiction – One story or article per entry with a maximum length of 1,500 words, double spaced. Short fiction may be a stand-alone excerpt from a longer work (Please indicate word count on front page).

  • Anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Therefore please make sure your name/email does not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

  • Provide your complete contact information on a separate cover page that accompanies your entry. This page should include the following: (Please read carefully and make sure you follow, it is really helpful to us).

  1. Header: FBCW Valerie B-Taylor Youth Writing Awards (because we have another writing contest, “Literary Writes”, running concurrently and we don’t want to get the submissions mixed up.

  2. Age category and genre of your submission

  3. Title(s) of your submission

  4. Word or line count

  5. Your name, age, snail mail address and email

  6. Your telephone number.

    The winner will be notified by email. Following that, winners in each category will be announced on the FBCW web page and social media on March 17, 2016.

    Winning entries and a story on Literary Writes will be published in WordWorks.

    The FBCW reserves the right not to award a prize in a category should the judges feel there are not enough submissions to reach a meaningful decision.

    Note: It is not necessary to be a FBCW member to participate in Literary Writes. However, should you wish to join our writer network, you can join at the time of submission for a special rate of $20 (normally $25)