WCWF 2nd Annual Writing Contest

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WCWF Contest Coordinator: Kara Antifeau

Kara is an avid reader, writer, and is active within her writing community. She will be your go-to for any and your contest questions.

All entries will go to Kara. She will sort and code each one, make sure the eligibility rules are followed (pay attention to word count, dates, formatting, etc.) and when the contest closes, she will distribute entries to the judges.

Read the eligibility rules first and if you still have a question email Kara. WCWFContest@gmail.com

Payment options are at the bottom on this page.

Judge of Short Fiction: Garry Litke

G.D. Litke has published dozens of articles on travel, education and politics.

He’s written award-winning short stories, two non-fiction books, and his first novel is about to be published.

After a successful career as a teacher and contract negotiator, he served nine years on Penticton city council, finishing as mayor.

An avid athlete, musician and world traveller, he thrives on the Okanagan lifestyle with his wife, Kendra.

Judge of Short Non-Fiction: Darcy Nybo

Darcy Nybo developed a love for writing in Grade 2. She believes her writing skills have improved somewhat since then. She is a word nerd who loves to help others succeed. She is a multiple award-winning author, a sought-after editor, writing coach and writing instructor, team book publisher, and a well-known freelance writer.

Darcy has the knowledge and a sense of humour that magnify her natural ability as an writing coach and instructor.

She runs two word-related companies: alwayswrite.ca and artisticwarrior.com.

In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, garden, paint, and of course, read and write.

Judge of Poetry: Sally Quon

Sally Quon is a back-country blogger, dirt-road diva, and teller of tales.

She was a finalist in the Vallum Chapbook Contest for two consecutive years.

Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies including “Better Left Standing,” Catlin Press 2022.  

Sally is an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets.

PRIZES In Each Category:

Winners (1st/2nd/3rd) and Honorable Mentions will all receive a Complimentary Copy of WCWF Writing Contest Anthology

1st Place: $150, Entry to next years WCWF (acc and travel not included), Publication in Anthology

2nd Place: $75, Anthology, Publication in Anthology

3rd Place: $50, Anthology, Publication in Anthology

It is up to the discretion of the judges in each category as to whether or not there will be Honorable Mentions .


$15.00 per fiction/nonfiction/poetry submission, non-refundable.

$25 for two same time submissions, non-refundable.

Contest Rules and Regulations

  • Short stories FICTION maximum is 2,000 words. Any genre welcome. Going over the word count will result in disqualification…even if the count is 2001. No exceptions.
  • Short: NONFICTION maximum 2,000 words. This includes creative nonfiction, memoir, personal essay. Going over the word count will result in disqualification. No exceptions.
  • Poetry in any style or structure are welcome. Maximum 40 lines including stanza breaks. This means you count any empty breaks between as a line. Going over will result in disqualification. No exceptions.
  • Please title your work. The title is NOT included in the word count. The space between the title and the first line (poetry) does not count as a line.
  • Formatting: Manuscript: double-spaced, 12-pt Times New Roman. No special fonts or pictures. Blind submissions only— the author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript. Submit as a .docx or .pdf file. All manuscripts need to be sent electronically.
  • Cover/Information Page: this is to be included with your entry as page one. It will include: Title as it appears on your manuscript, author’s name, address, email address, phone number, category entered, and word count. All contact information is held in strict confidence and will be duly destroyed after the event. Please ensure you keep a copy as nothing will be returned.
  • Email Your Entry to WCWFContest@gmail.com Each entry must include the payment receipt, manuscript and cover page.
  • All entries will be acknowledged by a return email. Check your spam or junk box.
  • All submissions must contain original material, and may not have been previously published, accepted for publication, or have been a winner in another contest prior to the deadline.
  • Please note our internet policy: If a work has been briefly excerpted anywhere on the internet it is still eligible as an entry, but if it has been published or posted in its entirety on a blog or any other internet site, it is not eligible for our contest, as we retain right of first publication as a part of our mandate.
  • Winners will be announced at the Wine Country Writers Festival on Friday September 23, 2022.
  • Submission implies the author is granting first right of publication to the Wine Country Writers Festival on the website and in an anthology. Rights then revert to the author.
  • Entering the contest grants the Wine Country Writers Festival the right to publish the entrant’s name and entry title on our website (and photo if available.)
  • Festival organizers, instructors, judges, and close family members of WCWF are not eligible to enter the contest.

Eligibility and Entry Fee:
This contest is open to writers and poets, over the age of 18, worldwide. 

$15.00 per fiction/nonfiction/poetry submission, non-refundable.

$25 for two same time submissions, non-refundable.

Multiple entries welcome if accompanied by entry fee at the time of payment/entry only.

• Submissions must be in English.


The contest is open to all writers, over 18, established and emerging , worldwide. See exceptions above. You do not need to be registered, in attendance, for the Festival.

OPEN: April 25, 2022 close July 29, 2022 2359hrs (11:59pm) PST (Pacific Standard Time ie: the time in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.)

It is your responsibility to ensure the deadline is met. And, sorry no refunds.

Winners are chosen by blind judging (only the Contest Coordinator knows the name of the entrants). The Judges decisions are final.

We can’t wait to read your stories and poems. Get them in as soon as you can.

**Note. We reserve the right to extend the deadline if deemed necessary.

Good Luck and Happy Writing.

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The 2022 Contest is Now CLOSED. Good Luck to All Who Entered.

The Anthology

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.)