Annual Writing Contest

The 28th Annual Writing Contest will be open for submissions January 15-March 15 2024.

Winners will be announced during the North Shore Writers’ Festival April 12-13 2024 and winning entries will be published on the NSWA website. Contest categories include: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults. First prize in each category is $100 cash. First prize for a separate division for youth (grades 8-12) is $50 cash and $25 gift certificate. Multiple/simultaneous submissions in all categories acceptable.

NSWA Writing Contest Poster 2024


Our panel of judges include the talents of Iona Whishaw, Del Lobo, and Cynthia Sharp, three acclaimed BC authors!

Cynthia Sharp holds an MFA in creative writing and an honours BA in literature. She was a WIN Poet Laureate and the City of Richmond’s Writer in Residence. Her poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and reviews have been published in journals including: CV2, Prism, Pocket Lint, The Pitkin Review and untethered and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology. She’s the author of Ordinary Light, a first prize winner in the SCWES 2023 Book Awards for BC Authors, Rainforest in Russet and The Light Bearers in the Sand Dollar Graviton. She’s been the editor of Poetic Portions

Del Lobo writes poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction and currently lives on the Sunshine Coast in B.C.  A graduate of the University of Guelph (International Development), she now studies Creative Writing there. Her short stories have appeared in Canadian Stories, Literary Yard, 50-word stories, anthologies and other publications. Her novel Baga Beach, set in post-colonial Goa, awaits publication.

Mystery author Iona Whishaw grew up in Canada, Arizona and Mexico. She has an MFA in creative writing from UBC.    Her Lane Winslow mysteries won the 2021 Bony Blythe Light Mystery Award and she has been a finalist for the Duthie book prize and two Lefty Awards.  Listed on best seller lists by CBC and the Globe and Mail, Framed in Fire appeared in 2022, with the tenth book, To Track A Traitor, released in April 2023.  A passion for history and her family’s WW2 intelligence work, and long rambling rainy walks in England inform the spirit of her period novels.