August 13-15, 2021 will be our festival's 10th anniversary. 10 years as a meeting place for readers, writers, and other professionals in the literary world. When Words Collide organizers are already at work planning chapter 10 of our festival, and hope to include a few special events to mark the occasion.

If you have suggestions or would like to be a part of making great things happen, please contact us at:


Festival Web Site

We are currently updating to reflect our move to a virtual festival. We are also redesigning the site to improve accessibility. Please bear with us.

WWC Online 2021 Festival Passes Are Now Available!
Registration is simple and easy, and best of all free. Visit our registration page to get started:

If you purchased a pass for our 2021 in-person festival, it has been converted to a 2022 pass, so you are already registered for our 2022 in-person festival. (This includes purchased banquet tickets.)

2021 Festival Guests!
Check out our fantastic lineup of 10th Anniversary festival guests who will be joining us online:
Cathy Ace - past president of Crime Writers of Canada and award-winning author of mystery fiction.
Vicki Delany - bestselling crime writer and winner of the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award.
Steena Holmes - bestselling author in multiple genres with over 2 million copies sold.
Fonda Lee - award-winning speculative fiction author and black belt martial artist.
Dave Reynolds - Local Authors Manager for Indigo/Chapters/Coles for Western Canada.
Morgan Rhodes - bestselling and award-winning YA fantasy author AKA Michelle Rowen - bestselling romance and paranormal author, and past president of Toronto Romance Writers.

2021 Hotel Room? Travel Plans?
If you have booked a hotel room or airline flight to attend the in-person festival, please remember to cancel them unless... we have noticed during this season of in-person events moving online, that some attendees are opting to stay at a hotel anyway and enjoy the virtual event from the comfort of their hotel room. I know our fantastic in-person hotel The Delta South Calgary would appreciate your support. The Delta also appears to have some bargain pricing right now, lower than our festival rate.

2021 Program
The festival program is currently being revamped for a virtual platform. Most of our content will survive the transition. Be prepared to view and participate from the comfort of you own home. All you need is a computer or even a smart phone. Client virtual presence software is free and easy to use.

If you would like to present in our online program, there is still space. Find out how right here:

Master Classes

We are pleased to announce 10 Master Classes for 2021 ranging from novel writing to getting published to marketing to the inside scoop to working with Indigo. Check out which are the best fit for you.

In Places Between Short Story Contest

It's back! The Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story contest returns with guest judges Susan Forest, Robert Bose, and Brian Hades.
There is no entry fee, but entrants must be registered for the free WWC Online 2020 festival via Eventbrite (registration open soon).
All genres welcome. Two submissions per entrant maximum.
Submissions must be short stories up to 4,000 words maximum.
Deadline for submissions is midnight on May 1, 2021.
Full details at

Shared Author Table

Authors attending the festival who have books for sale not available elsewhere in the Merchants' Corner are welcome to join the IFWA-sponsored online cooperative booksellers' table.  Sign-up will be available soon.

Hidden Art Show 2021
The Hidden Art Show will be back and online. If you are an attending artist at the festival. find out how to apply to show your work here:

Public Events
In-person WWC festivals include a number of events open to the public. As we are online this year as a free Eventbrite festival, all regular festival events are open to the public. We invite those who have never attended When Words Collide in the past to take advantage of our free 2021 registration and check us out.
Missed our 2020 Online Festival?

A selection of webcasts from our 2020 online festival (as well as podcasts from earlier festivals) are available on the When Words Collide YouTube Channel:

More are being added all the time.

Podcasts & Webcasts

A selection of past festival sessions can be found on our Podcast and YouTube channels:

Podcast channel:

YouTube channel:

Recent additions include:
Building A Protagonist From the Ground Up with presenters Angela Ackerman, Karen A. Chase, Kevin Weir, and Elissa McColl (2019 in-person festival)
Armchair Travel Through Fiction with presenters Diane Terrana, Elissa McColl, Jay Martin, and Rena Mason (2019 in-person festival)

Note Webcasts from from our 2020 online festival are only available on our YouTube Channel. Podcasts are available on either channel. 

Your Feedback
We would love to hear your feedback for our 2020 online festival. 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:

2021 Aurora Award Nominations Close April 24th
The eligibility window has closed. CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association) members are now encouraged to nominate their favourite works and activities accomplished in 2020 by Canadians in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

If you are a fan of speculative fiction but not a CSFFA member, annual dues are only $10. Membership includes the right to nominate, vote, and download ebooks of most of the award finalists. For more details about the awards visit:
Writers in Your House
April 30 - May 2
3rd time's the charm. Our 1st 2 events were well attended and much enjoyed. So pick a project for May and join us putting in a highly productive 3 days on your next novel, novella, short story, or whatever project needs doing. We encourage participants to join the Facebook event:
and during the weekend check in/out of your writing sessions. Maybe let us know of your milestones achieved or that special snack you're enjoying while writing. Note: there is no ZOOM or collaborative activity for this event.
Brenda Strathern Writing Prize
$5,000 award for unpublished writers over 40 working on their first work of fiction (novel or short story).
Owl's Nest Books Online Events
Book launches, readings, and other events listed at:
Alexandra Writers' Centre Society Online Classes & Events
Check out the Centre's event calendar.


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