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New for 2017! Following up on the success of the first Whistler Independent Book Awards, we're launching a special manuscript competition for Canadian writers. The competition to find the best original, unpublished manuscript is now open.
THE PRIZE - YOUR BOOK PUBLISHEDThe winner of the first Whistler Independent Book Prize will receive:
Complete publication services including professional editing, cover design, interior design and layout, proofreading
Publishing and marketing support for independent publication
100 printed copies courtesy of
Book launch at the 2017 Whistler Writers Festival
Submission deadline:February 28, 2017
Shortlist announced:March 15, 2017*
Winner announced:April 22, 2017
Book published:October 11, 2107
*IMPORTANT: if you are selected for the shortlist, your complete manuscript must be delivered no later than March 22, 2017.
HOW TO ENTERSubmission form and full competition details can be found at the
authors must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
manuscripts must be original, unpublished works of fiction or non-fiction
entries must include an excerpt of the manuscript (max 5,000 words) and a synopsis (max 500 words) in Word doc format
EVERY submission will receive a written assessment including valuable critiques and suggestions for developing the manuscript.
The shortlist will be jointly selected by
2017 WHISTLER INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARDS Entries for the 2017 Whistler Independent Book Awards will open on March 1, 2017.
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The Thirteenth Annual Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival is announcing that the 2016 Askew’s Foods Word on the Lake Writing Contest is now open. Contestants may submit original unpublished works in the following categories: Fiction, Non Fiction, and Poetry. First place winners will receive a cash prize of $150 plus a 2016 conference package including banquet ticket ($230 value) and will be published in the Askews’ Foods Word on the Lake Anthology which will be available at the festival. Contest closes at midnight on 11 April 2016. Winners will be contacted prior to the Festival which takes place May 20 - 22 at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort and Okanagan College in Salmon Arm, BC. Winners will be recognized at the Saturday night banquet.
For further details concerning the writing contest including submission guidelines, and information about the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival
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It’s festival time again in the Shuswap!
Plan to attend the twelfth annual Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival taking place May 15th-17th, 2015, at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort and Okanagan College in Salmon Arm.
This is an opportunity not only to enhance your writing skills, but also to meet award-winning authors, network, socialize, and have fun!
Word has something for everyone--from editors and publishers, to bestselling fantasy and mystery writers. And, yes, we offer a workshop on songwriting!
Our presenters are some of the best authors, editors, publishers, and songwriters in Canada. This year's lineup includes Kelsey Attard, Gail Bowen, Brian Brett, Norma Charles, Margaret Curelas, Anne DeGrace, Charles de Lint, Gary Fjellgaard, Grant Lawrence, Kathryn Para, Jodie Renner, Harold Rhenisch, and our own Louise Wallace.
Did we mention fun? Friday night is the Coffee House with author readings and the lyrical music of Juno Award winner and Hall of Fame songwriter Gary Fjellgaard. The Saturday Night Banquet features vocal entertainment provided by Charles de Lint (who can really sing!), MaryAnn Harris, Gary Fjellgaard, and popular CBC personality and author Grant Lawrence.
Check out our website at wordonthelakewritersfestival.com for festival rates, workshops, presenter bios, bursaries, and the highly- acclaimed Blue Pencil Café.
But time is running out on the Early Bird rate -- it ends midnight Saturday, April 25th.
Remember: "The Early Bird captures the Word! -- Cheep Cheep!"
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The 11th annual Word on the Lake festival is announcing that the 2014 writing contest is now open. Contestants may submit original, unpublished works in the following categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Young Adult. First place winners will receive a cash prize of $150, plus a 2014 conference package including banquet ($225 value.) Also, they will be published in the 2014 Word on the Lake anthology which will be available at the festival.
Contest closes at midnight on 3 March 2014. Winners will be contacted prior to the conference (May 16 - 18) and will be recognized at the banquet on Saturday night (17th) at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort and Convention Centre in Salmon Arm, B.C.
For further details concerning the writing contest, including submission guidelines and information about the 2014 Word on the Lake festival, go to www.saow.ca.
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