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Hello, Writers,

Hello, all, 

I'm so glad to be sending this out to you all today.

First: A reminder that our contest, The BC Short, is ending in just three days! Enter before midnight on June 1st for your chance to win! 

I also realized that I hadn't yet introduced you all to our new board of directors, and I'd like to take the opportunity to do so now: 
  • Ann Graham Walker, President (we're excited to have her back for her second term!)
  • Jaqueline Carmichael, Vice President
  • Janice Meeks, Treasurer
  • Adrian Giberson, Co-Secretary
  • Sheilagh Simpson, Co-Secretary
  • Alex Boldizar, Greater Vancouver Rep
  • Chris Hancock Donaldson, Islands Rep
  • Norma Kerby, North Rep
  • Keith Liggett, South East Rep
  • Barbara Drozdowich, South West Rep
  • Cynthia Sharp Director at Large
  • Emily Olsen, Director at Large
  • Doni Eve, Director at Large
  • Luanne Armstrong, Director at Large
It's a very strong team of writers and professionals, who will certainly lead us in the right direction in 2018/2019. As you are probably aware, the FBCW has a working board, and all board members are involved in a committee or project that they're enthusiastic about. If you'd like to connect with someone, please go here. 

Another note: the FBCW is currently performing a SWOT analysis (this is where we think of the organization, and discuss what our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats are). We will be hosting online and in person discussions around BC to get your opinions on these matters, as this analysis will be the basis of our five-year strategic plan. We really hope to hear feedback from all of our BC writers, including tips on how we can improve. 

Enjoy the information below,

Shaleeta Harrison,
Executive Director

Member News: 

Congratulations to Joanna Streetly for being named the inaugural Tofino Poet Laureate! 

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.

The next Nanaimo Write-In is at the Harbourfront Library on June 17 1:30-3:00 PM. Come write around friendly faces!

Contests & Awards:

The First Novel Prize is open until May 31For More information →

Lummox Press Poetry Contest is now accepting submissions! it is open until May 31For More information →

The David Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards for Social Justice Writing are now accepting submissions! They are open now until June 22For More information →

The Vallum Award for Poetry 2018 is  now open, and you have a chance to win $750 and publication in an upcoming issue of Vallum! Submissions are open until July 15For More information →

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


Festivals & Conferences:

2018 Write on the Sound is looking for presenters!  for more information →

Convergence Writers Weekend is June 15-16. for more information →

Nelsons Elephant Mountain Literary Festival has now announced its lineup. It will be July 12-15 for more information →

Calls for Submissions:

Frontenac House is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts until May 31. For more information →

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:

Planting Seeds: A Marketing Workshop for Authors is an online workshop running June 12-21. For more information →

Writing Fiction is a one-day workshop with Roberta Rich June 23. For more information →

Writing Through Doubt is coming to Red Deer College July 23-27for more information →

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 →


TWUC Says:

We're seeking authors with experience writing instructional materials to create two Writers' How-to guides: Application deadline: June 4
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
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