Updates and News


2022 WCWF Writing Contest winners

Winners in the contest will all receive an Anthology.

Anthologies will be available for sale after the contest for $18.

And the winners are:


Honourable Mention: Reaching


Kisti Ornellas of Lanesborough, Massachusetts


Third Place: Little Girl World


Madeline Medensky of Kitchener, Ontario 


Second Place: A Vernal Vision


Daniel Moreschi of West Glamorgan, 

South Wales UK


First Place: The Moment in Which I Love Her


Lesley-Anne Evans or Kelowna, B.C. 


Honourable Mention: Paris Attacks


Cherie Hanson, Kelowna, B.C.


Honourable Mention: Roller Magic


Ryan Murphy of Staten Island, New York


Third Place: Tentacles


Heather MacDonald of Penticton, B.C.


Second Place: From Rats to Monks: A Needed Tune-up


Rosemary Potter of Hartland, Wisconsin


First Place: Cabin Seizure 


Marilyn Kriete of Kelowna, B.C.



Honourable Mention: Birthday Camel


Jay Royston of Coldstream, B.C.


Third Place: Time Capsule


Kim Bigelow of Edmond, Oklahoma


Second Place: Liebert’s Report


Brian Davidson of Surrey, B.C.


First Place: Everything’s got a moral only if you can find it.


Kelley Jo Burke of Regina, Saskatchewan

Here are some pix of the contest winners. Centre is owner/operator of Raven’s Oddities the sponsor of the Writing Contest and standing to the right is Kara Antifeau, the WCWF contest coordinator.

(if you have a pic of yourself with your certificate and anthology please send it to us and we’ll post it.)

Lesley-Anne Evans accepts her award

Lesley-Anne Evans (l) first place poetry
Brian Davidson, second place fiction, accepts his award

Brian Davidson (l) second place fiction

Heather MacDonald accepts her award.

Heather MacDonald (l) third place non-fiction

Brian Davidson with his award and anthology.

Marilyn Krete (l) first place non-fiction

Kelley Jo Burke. 1st place in Fiction shows us her certificate. Congratulations!


WCWFest 2023… The Planning Is Happening Now.

We’re still in 2022 and it’s not even Christmas yet, but we wanted to remind you to mark your calendars for September 22, 23, and 24, 2023 in Penticton, British Columbia.

Right now we’re taking applications for those who wish to present at WCWFest.

We are looking for presenters who want to promote the community and connection of those involved in the writing world.

We pride ourselves on our boutique style of Festival and want interactions between presenters and guests to be a natural progression of the experience.

This is a paying gig.

There will be an accommodation allowance and honorarium. Some travel allowances as well. If you have any questions please contact either Faye or Jim at wcwfestival@gmail.com

Complete the form. Due no later than January 15, 2023.

Thank you.



The Power of Words…

A few days ago I received a message via Instagram from Ryan Murphy who won an Honorable Mention in the WCWFest Writing Contest non fiction.

It was a surprise and his words made a huge impact on me. Read my blog HERE to get the whole story.

Did You Read the WCWF Newsletter?

I hope you did because it was packed full of information.

You can read a copy HERE. It may be a good idea to subscribe to the newsletter so you don’t miss dates and/or important information.

Make sure you check out the Virtual Book Bar and support of fellow writers.

Books make great gifts.

Happy Holidays to All of You from Both of Us.

We’ll see you in 2023.

Faye and Jim.


So What do You Think About Going to Greece?

As the winter months start to close in on us, we’re all tucked in and keeping warm, but April 2023 will come quickly.

That of course is the planned writing retreat to Athens, Greece.

If you’re interested please make sure you register and contact the agent at Banks Travel to make a deposit.

You can take a look at the registration form HERE

If there is insufficient interest then the trip will be cancelled and deposits returned.

Stay warm and stay in touch.

Any questions just drop us an email at wcwfestival@gmail.com


Let’s Retreat to Write…

Hi Everyone.

Can you believe it’s almost the end of October? Time flies. I hope you’re all writing up a storm and of course getting ready for NaNo!

I wanted to update you on the Athens, Greece Retreat in case you missed the newsletter.

The retreat is in April 2023 but in order to secure venue price etc. we’ll need to have registration and a $1000can deposit no later than November 30, 2022.

This can be paid in cash or by credit. The contact info is all HERE

If on November 30, there aren’t a minimum of 15 people committed to going, then the coordinators (myself and Jim) will determine if the trip is still possible from a financial standpoint. If not, deposits will be returned and the retreat cancelled.

Don’t delay. If you have any questions please email us at wcwfestival@gmail.com and we’ll answer all your questions OR directly contact the professional booking agent.

The agent will be collecting all the funds and will also be able to book your flight from wherever you need. It is hoped that most flights can be coordinated so that we can all meet at Athens, Greece airport together.

Have a great day!


Meet Kelley Jo Burke! First Place in the WCWF Fiction Category. Congratulations!

Introducing Kelley Jo Burke who won first place for her short story Everything’s Got a Moral, if Only You Can Find it. She wasn’t able to attend the Festival so sent us these awesome pix when she received her certificate and anthology in the mail.

Huge congratulations to you Kelley Jo! In her recent note to WCWF, Kelley noted that these pix were taken by Eric Eggertson and that she’d see us next September! YAY!!🎉🎉

If you won or placed in the WCWF 2nd Annual Writing Contest, send us a picture with your certificate and anthology. Always celebrate the victories–it’s a big deal!


Meet Brian Davidson. Second place winner of the WCWF 2nd Annual Writing Contest! Congratulations!

Brian sent us this picture this morning as he recently received his certificate and anthology.

After coming in second in the fiction category for his short story Lieber’s Report, Brian chose to drive to, and attend, the Wine Country Writers’ Festival. So awesome. We sure hope to see him next year too.

Thanks for sending this Brian!

If you have your certificate and anthology, please send us a pic so we can post it. It’s a big deal to win a writing contest. Don’t under estimate the achievement.

Send to wcwfestival@gmail.com


What’s Next for WCW Fesitval?

Now that the 2022 Festival has been wrapped up until next September… You marked the dates, right?… we, Jim Jackson and Faye Arcand, are shifting to the WCW Community.

The WCW Community takes us out of Festival mode for a while and into other aspects of the writing community. This will mean retreats, summits, teaching and other great community effort things in line with the Wine Country Writers mission and brand.

Our first WCW Community event is a writers’ retreat to Athens, Greece.

This will happen in April 2023 and be limited to 15-20 like-minded individuals.

The price is $4299 Canadian (depending on exchange rate this is approx: $3200usd) and includes:

  • 5* hotel (double occupancy) near Acropolis
  • breakfast every morning
  • lunches included on workshop days
  • Greek food tour
  • tour of Acropolis
  • three unique workshops on writing (one with guest author and agent Jonas Saul)
  • farewell dinner Greek family style
  • peace and quiet to write and create.
  • and SO much more.

Don’t wait to book. Email wcwfestival@gmail.com and we’ll answer any of your questions and direct you to a professional for booking.

Airfare, insurance, and medical are not included.