Summer is Coming!


Got Your Festival Pass?


If you plan to attend in August, why wait? Over half of our 2019 passes are already spoken for. 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 Mark Leslie LeFevbre, Robert J. Sawyer, and Brian Hades 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, or even aliens from any era are welcome. 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

Topic ideas for our 2019 schedule have been pouring in. 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.
Master Classes
Once again we will have a full slate of Master Classes by our festival guests. Classes for 2019 will be offered prior to and following the festival. Details TBA.

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You are invited to submit your original, unpublished written works of fiction to the 2019 Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, "In Places Between".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: To Mallory or not to Mallory, Researching Made Easy, We've Been Edited. Find these 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
The eligibility lists for the Aurora Awards are now open for original SF/Fantasy works first published or done by Canadians in 2018.  The lists will be open until March 31st.  We are asking all creators and fans to us help populate these lists.  Nominations for the awards will begin on March 1st .  The awards are open to all Canadians and permanent residents. 
Award change:  Eligibility lists close before nominations end.  Items must be on our lists prior to April to be nominated.  Nominations close later in May.
For more information or to participate go to: 

Writers in the House, Feb 23 & 24
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.

Owl's Nest Books Events
Thu Feb 14 - Bloody Offensive! (RSVP Required)
Fri Feb 22 - Verne Albright
Sat Feb 23 - Verne Albright
Thu Feb 28- JJ Sykora

Sat Mar 9 - Nicolette Little
Thu Mar 14 - Dwayne Clayden
Tue Mar 26 - Susan Calder
Wed Apr 3 - Daniel Goodwin

Wed Apr 10 - Anne Patton
and many more signings, readings, and book discussions listed at:


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