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Prices go up April 1st.
No fooling.



Festival Pre-Registration


If you plan to attend in August, why wait? Prices go up on April 1st. With over 60% of our 2019 passes already spoken for we expect to be sold out again this year. Don't delay too long before you register. Online registration and the downloadable mail-in form are at:

If you are unsure if you are already registered, check our online membership list at:
(Note that, if at time of registration you did not indicate to be listed, you will not be listed.)

Get Involved
When Words Collide welcomes new committee members on a year-round basis. Interested in getting involve? Email us at:


Returning Past Festival Guests!

Past Festival Guests Vanessa Cardui and Erin Lindsey have confirmed they will be attending the festival in 2019.

Book Your Hotel Room

The Delta Calgary South is able to accept online room bookings. Hint: Book early; the past 4 years the hotel has sold out well in advance of the booking deadline. Also, this year WestJet has a festival discount for travel to Calgary.
Leaving the Page: Character Banquet

Dress as a character from your favourite book. Heroes, villains, and even aliens are welcome. From any era. Join us for an evening of networking with other readers and writers.
Theme dress is welcome, but not required. Banquet tickets may be purchased at time of registration or separately using the same form.

2019 Program

There is still time to send in discussion panel topic ideas for our 2019 schedule. In April we will be scheduling topics and presenters. If you would like to see a topic addressed, let us know. Topics will be posted online later this month.

2019 Hidden Art Show Deadline March 31
The Hidden Art Show is back for a second year, but the submission deadline closes on March 31st. If you are an artist attending the 2019 festival and would like to include your art in the show, please visit the festival website for submission details:

Master Classes
Once again we will have a full slate of Master Classes by our festival guests. Classes for 2019 will be offered on Thursday and on Friday morning prior to the festival. Details will be on our web site in the next week or two..

2019 Short Story Contest

You are invited to submit your original, unpublished written works of fiction to the 2019 Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, "In Places Between". There is no entry fee, but entrants must be members of the When Words Collide Festival.
Contest Rules and Requirements
  • Deadline for submissions is midnight on May 1, 2019
  • All authors must be members of the When Words Collide Festival
  • There is no contest entry fee
  • Short stories of up to 4,000 words maximum
  • Two submissions per entrant maximum
  • Please email all submissions to
Stories are judged on a combination of factors, including professional presentation, originality, ingenuity, entertainment factor, character, plot, spelling, grammar, and other authorial skills.

Prizes ($CDN)

$25.00 – Honorable mentions (7)
$75.00 – Third place
$100.00 – Second place
$125.00 – First Place
The top ten stories will be printed in the annual In Places Between book. A copy of this publication will be provided to each of the top ten authors.
Full Details:


Recent podcasts added: Yes Alberta, You Have a History. Find this and all WWC festival podcasts at:

Your Feedback
The postmortem meeting for WWC 2018 is past and the organizers wish to thank those who provided feedback. We can, however, consider feedback at any time. If you wish to comment on something you particularly liked or disliked, or have suggestions for future festival guests or content, please let us know:

News & Notes Archive
This and past newsletters can be found at:

What's Happening

2018 Aurora Awards
Nominations are now open for CSFFA members to submit for this year's Aurora Awards. The eligibility lists, for original works of SF/Fantasy that were first published or done by Canadians in 2018, will close on March 31st.  The awards are open to all Canadians and permanent residents. 
For more information or to participate go to:

Owl's Nest Books Events
Sat Mar 23 - Adam Wing
Tue Mar 26 - Susan Calder
Sat Mar 30 - Bev Janisch

Mon Apr 9 - Nicole Bross
Wed Apr 10 - Anne Patton
Sat Apr 20 - Martin Parnell
Mon Apr 22 - Pauline Daniel
Sat Apr 27 - Roxanne Rudkin
Tue Apr 30 - Timothy Reynolds
Wed May 22 - David Poulsen
and many more signings, readings, and book discussions listed at:
A Taste of Local Authors, May 16

Owl's Nest Book Store (Calgary) from 7-9 p.m.
Check out 9 new releases from 9 local authors. Genres from Mainstream to Science Fiction to Fantasy to Romance to Paranormal Romance. The authors will be on hand to give short readings from their work, answer questions, and sign books. Please come out and join us for an evening of words and music.

Guy Gavriel Kay @ Calgary WORDfest May 23
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall
New Central Library
800 3 Street SE
7 PM
Join us for an evening with past festival guest and internationally bestselling author of Tigana and The Lions of Al-Rassan, Guy Gavriel Kay as he presents his masterful new novel, A Brightness Long Ago. Set in the vivid world of early Renaissance Italy, the novel offers an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. CBC host Jennifer Keene will be doing the on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. $20 admission.

Writers in the House, June 1 & 2
Join Calgary area writers for a weekend of writing at the Delta Calgary South Fireside Room. Drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Sat and Sun for social writing.

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