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Hello, Writers,

Hello, all, 

I hope you're enjoying the hot summer days we've gotten so far. Hard to believe it's already August! For those submitting events, please send them now to where our wonderful new volunteer, Brad, can ensure they make it into relevant newsletters. 

Finally, big congrats to the winner of the BC Short Contest, Chelsea Comeau, for her piece "Badlands", and to the two honourable mentions, first  KT Wagner for "Cabin Fever," and second David Reichheld for "Let Morning Bring Me."

Have you checked out our blog and member discussion forum, and listed your services in our professional directory? How about listed your book for sale in our new member book catalogue? See the bottom of the newsletter for more details! 

Please enjoy the information below.

Shaleeta Harrison,
Executive Director 

Member News:

Any FBCW member that wishes to receive free, monthly news bulletins from The Ormsby Review for new reviews of books by B.C. authors can simply send their email address to with a subject line: Alan Twigg Ormsby Review List.

CMG Freelance would like to extend a special introductory rate to FBCW members. Get a full one-year membership in CMG Freelance for $89, a discount from the regular rate of $150/yr. 

Benefits of membership include: 
  • Full account on (software training site), a $35/month value
  • A two-week renewable access to (photography training site), a $10/month value.
  • Monthly webinars on freelance issues. (and access to all previously recorded webinars)
  • Participation in The ‘Lancer, our listserv for members that offers advice, gigs, and networking.
  • Individual and confidential service in reviewing and negotiating contracts 
  • Member profile on
  • North American media credential card at no charge for qualified applicants and access to obtaining an International Federation of Journalists media card at a small additional cost. 
  • ability to pitch stories for pay to Story Board, our blog about freelance issues and advice.

*FBCW members who have already taken advantage of any other CMG introductory offers are not eligible. The only membership criteria for joining is that you must obtain part of your yearly income from activity as a communications professional. Our full list of criteria and links to join are here:

When you purchase a membership and are asked for a promo code, just enter 89member to have your dues reduced to $89.00. 

Questions? Email CMG Freelance President Don Genova at or give him a call at 778-991-4439.

Contests & Awards:

The UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize is now open! They are accepting submissions now until August 15For more information →

Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Contest entries until September 21 For more information → 

Festivals & Conferences:


The Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts is August 16-19 this year.  For more information →  

LiterASIAN, a festival of Asian Canadian Writing is coming to Vancouver September 21-23For more information →  

The Victoria Festival of Authors is coming in just 55 days-- September 25-October 30For more information →  

The Whistler Writers Festival is October 11-14, and tickets go in sale in just two weeks! For more information →  

The Vancouver Writers Festival is October 15-21 For more information →  

Surrey International Writers’ Conference is October 19-21For more information →  

Calls for Submissions:

Pyjama Press is accepting submissions of several kinds of children's books. For more information →

Nourish- Poetry and Haiku Journal is seeking submissions. For more information →

Lennox Magazine is seeking submissions of all kinds!  For more information →

CBC Radio’s The Doc Project: The Doc Project currently has an open call for pitches for both completed documentaries and new documentaries to be produced through their mentorship program: For more information → 

Workshops & Retreats:

Sisters In Crime Summer Writers Retreat is coming to Magnolia Hotel, Victoria, BC August 18For more information →

Late Fall Writers Retreat 2018 is accepting submissions until August 22. For more information →


Contently is a brand content company where you can set up a free portfolio page, it also maintains a listing of gigs for writers and editors. For more information →

New FBCW Resources: 


The Member Book Catalogue is a new online marketing tool for FBCW members. Every book a member publishes can be listed, given its own detailed page, and links can be added to sell books! For more information →

The Professional Directory is where people can go to hire professionals that are writers, or experts in a field related to writing: designers, editors, and more. If you are an FBCW professional with a marketable skill, consider joining the professional directory.  For more information →

Launched is a marketing tool for FBCW members in our print publication WordWorks. When a member publishes a new book, they can submit information online, and have it featured in colour in our print magazine, complete with a 150 word informative blurb. For more information →

The FBCW Forum is a new place where any writers can go to find a writers group, discuss publishing tactics, or just chat with likeminded people. Open to all, members and non-members, it provides an opportunity to bring our community together, no matter where they may reside. For more information →

WordWorks Magazine is a colour print publication presented by the FBCW, and provided free for members, schools, and libraries. It is also available for a small fee to others. Filled with content by and for writers, WordWorks pays industry standard rates to all contributors and invites all to submit. For more information →

Member Directory. The new member directory (also called Find a Writer) is a streamlined profile system for our members. It no longer needs to be a business card (as we have a professional directory) nor does it need to sell books (as we have Launched and the Member Book Catalogue) so it now focusses on the writers themselves--who are the FBCW members? Members are welcomed to create a profile on our website, but not obligated. For more information →

These are our newest resources, but this isn't all we have to offer. Please see our member benefits page to learn more, and if you ever have trouble with your membership, check our member updates page, or contact us so we can assist
And that's all! Please let us know of any events you would like shared, and we'll do our best to keep WriteOn informative and interesting.

Enjoy your week,

Executive Director
WordWorks, Spring 2018
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