Updates and News


Wine Country Writers’ Festival Community Building…

A note to all writers, poets, and creatives… Don’t let another person–editor, writer, family, writer’s group, or the lil devil on your shoulder–crush a dream.

Writing events like WCWFestival facilitate the sense of community and can boost your confidence.

Build a community of support and continue to learn and hone your craft. Always be YOU. ❤️


WCWFestival Just Added ANOTHER Quality Presenter and Other News…

How many times have you felt so stressed and overwhelmed that you stop writing?

You convince yourself that the creative process is blocked and there are too many negatives in your way to continue…

Meet Penticton local Mehrnaz Massoudi. She will be leading a 50 minute workshop on providing hands on techniques to learn to handle stress while also opening up the creative centers within.

Check out the presenter page. I’m so excited to take her class as this is something I’ve wanted to learn for a very long time.

Contest is Closed

We received entries from all over the world this year. We’re excited to see the contest grow and this allows us in coming years to up the prize monies.

All the entries are now off to the judges below and will all be coordinated carefully to ensure all the rules are followed and everyone is on equal grounds.

We look forward to the judges coming back with the results and then getting started on the 2022 WCWF Anthology.

A Word About Registration

The registration has been steady and constant. We only have room for 150 guests.

If you want a blue pencil critique or a pitch to an agent or publisher, please know that those appointments are dwindling.

Current registration is $179. (There may be a special at $159 going on until Sunday August 14, 2022. Email: Faye wcwfestival@gmail.com and mention this post. 😉)

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The Contest Page.

Hi Everybody.

I just wanted to let you know that some glitch occurred within the last few days and the Contest Page reverted back to last years.

The WCWF contest is closed and the entries will be forwarded to our outstanding judges. The bio’s will be reposted asap.

Judging the Poetry: Sally Quon.

Judging the Fiction: Garry Litke.

Judging the Non-Fiction: Darcy Nybo.

We want to give the judges enough time to properly read and mull over the entries.

Thank you for your patience.


Writing contest is Closing Very Soon

On Friday July 29th at 23:59:59 the 2nd Annual Wine Country Writers’ Festival writing contest will come to a close.

Remember this is Vancouver, BC time (same as Seattle, Portland and LA) ! Don’t miss the deadline.

One entry is $15 or two for $25.

Three prizes in three categories— Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry. All winners will be published in the anthology and receive a copy.

The first place winners in each category will also receive complimentary entry to next years WCWF Festival (A value of $179). This will be in September 2023 in Penticton, B C. (Travel and accommodation not included).

Get that entry in on time and good luck.


Blue Pencils and Pitches are Filling Up

Hello all you lovely writers.

I just want to touch base and let you know that if you’re interested in doing a pitch or a blue pencil, the spots are assigned on a first come/first served basis.

The selection should have been made when you registered.

If you registered early and want to change then email Faye at wcwfestival@gmail.com

There’s no guarantee that something can be changed, but we did add Douglas and McIntyre and Imagine Press just a few weeks ago.

Prairie Soul is now full and will not be taking anymore pitches at the WCWF. Same for Jen Landels.

Christina Myers is full for blue pencils.

BUT… The good news is that there are still many openings. Make sure you put a couple of choices down when you register.

And pitches…. there’s still some space available.

Blue Pencil appointments and instruction will be sent out in mid August.

Blue pencils put another set of eyes on your work and can be so helpful as you move forward in a project. If you can’t get the person you want, move on to the next–it still makes a difference.

Registration is open. Blue pencils and pitch are free with paid registration on fcfs basis.

Price is now $159. Increase in August to $179.


What is a Writing Festival?

The Wine Country Writers’ Festival is all about community and connection!

There’s something for everyone. It’s a safe space where you can be the writer you are, or want to be, without fear of judgement or reprisal.

It’s a place to learn, share, and build writer community connections that can really support you through any type of writing career.

No experience necessary. Be you. All you gotta do is register, pay, and show up… We’ll take care of all the other stuff.

Come follow us on Social Media @wcwfestival

Hope to see you in September.


Wine and Romance… A Perfect Combination.

What kind of wine would you pair with a romance novel? Hmmm… so much to consider. The taste, the color, the smell, the feel on the palate, and let’s not forget the nuance of memories, experience, and the heart.

As writers we’re asked to put words to experiences all the time, but this will be a fun, playful exercise of words and wine.

Believe me, we haven’t forgotten the other genres– thrillers? sci-fi? fantasy? horror?

Why not use all your senses and experience the blending of wine and writing.

During the Wine Country Writers’ Festival, Time Family of Wines will be doing a wine tasting for all interested writers and we’ll see what we can create in the pairings of wine and genre!

This experience is included in the registration fee for WCWF registered guests. Make sure you register soon.


Wow! Such Exciting News For WCWF! Our Contest Voted One of the Best, A Zoom Room is Added, and Fabulous New Sponsors.


The Zoom Room will be a dedicated room for a couple of Zoom presentations, blue pencils, and pitches. This is not a “virtual” experience. You will have to register and attend the WCWF to participate.

Jonas Saul to join us via Zoom all the way from Greece.

He is a literary manager with Imagine Media Group Literary Management and the editor-in-chief at Imagine Press Inc.

Jonas will be doing a presentation and also be taking pitches on behalf of IMGLM.

Spots are limited. More info will be coming soon.

We’ll also be welcoming Publisher Anna O’keeffe of Douglas and McIntyre to the ZOOM ROOM. The independent book publisher is very well-known and respected in Canada. Check it out HERE. No agent is required to pitch.


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Black Press in Penticton, British Columbia has come on as a Champagne Sponsor. Thank you Warren Smith, Publisher.


The Writing Contest at WCWF was voted on of the BEST WRITING CONTESTS of 2022 by Reedsy.com Make sure you get your entry in by midnight July 29th, 2022.


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Talk soon.

Faye and Jim