Sunday, September 25, 2016

Announcing our 2016 contest winners

We're delighted to announce the winners of our 2016 writing contest, "400 Years After Shakespeare"

First prize – Cristy Watson for “Reverence (For William Shakespeare)”

Second prize – Franci Louann for “Life As A Mortal Coil”

Third prize – Judy Millar for “Behind the Bard”

Honourable Mention – Alvin Ens for “Why Do I Love Shakespeare”

Finalist – Keith Bramwell “The Return of the Bard”

This year’s theme was “400 Years After Shakespeare” – prose and verse celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Bard.  Congratulations to everyone who entered, for their clever takes on  a challenging theme. We'll be honouring the winners at our Awards Night on Thursday, October 18,  7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Avenue. The winners will read their entries and prizes will be presented, with light refreshments to follow.  Admission is free, and visitors are welcome.   

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Some exciting events at the forthcoming Vancouver Writers Fest

Monday, September 5, 2016

Our Fall 2016 season

A note from our President, Lara Varesi:

 We’re excited for the year ahead. Spoken INK will be returning to Wings on Kingsway on the 3rd Tuesday of the month , September 20, from 8-9:30 and we look forward to featuring great writing.

After September we will continue to host our monthly workshops on the 2nd Thursday but this month we will hold our first one on Friday, September 9th from 7:15-8:30 at Tommy Douglas Library. We will keep you updated. Hope to see you at all our events!

Our Spoken INK guests for September 20

Tuesday, September 20Wings Pub Grill, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby  8 pm - 9:30 pm

note, we’ve returned to our 3rd Tuesday readings schedule!!

Spoken INK welcomes authors Mary Duffy and Natasha Boškić at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20th, at Wings Pub & Grill, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby (NW side of Kingsway @ Griffiths Drive). 

Mary Duffy is a transplant from the east to the west coast. She works as a librarian, and is a board member and active participant with Pandora’s Collective. Her poetry has been published in various journals and anthologies including Quills, Leafpress, Blueprint Review, The Return of the Downtown Eastside Poets, The Soul of Vancouver and online at The Globe and Mail.

Natasha Boškić lives in Vancouver, B.C. Her work has been published in ditch, Timeless Voices - American anthology of contemporary poetry, Quills, Alive at the Center – Contemporary Poems from the Pacific NorthWest anthology, Allegro Poetry, Visual Verse and other places. She is a member of Pandora’s Collectives Board of Directors. She works at UBC.

Join us on the patio at Wings Pub & Grill, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Vancouver Writers Fest Writing Contests

The 18th Annual Poetry and Short Story Contest is open to writers around the world. Past winners include authors featured at the 2016 Vancouver Writers Fest and other accomplished writers of a wide variety of backgrounds. Entries are judged by established BC writers.
This year, we are excited to offer the following prizes for finalists:

* 1st prize - Fiction: Free tuition for an online fiction writing course offered by UBC Creative Writing + $300 cash prize + publication in subTerrain magazine and at
* 1st prize - Poetry: $500 cash prize + publication
* 2nd prize - $350 cash prize + publication (in each category)

Writers can learn more and submit their entries at Online submissions only. The contest closes on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 5pm.

The Spreading the Word Youth Writing Contest is open to all youth in grades 8-12 in British Columbia. Young writers can submit stories or poems on any topic they choose. Entries are judged by established BC young adult and children's authors.
The rewards:
* 1st Prize: $300 + publication in The Claremont Review and at (in each category)
* 2nd Prize: $200 + publication (in each category)

Details can be found at Note: this contest is open from Monday, September 12, 2016 - Sunday, October 23, 2016 exclusively and we only accept online submissions.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Contest reminder: deadline approaching

July 31st is the postmarked deadline for the BWS 2016 contest  “400 Years Since Shakespeare” . The contest is open to all  writers in all genres; entries should relate in some way to Shakespeare himself or to his plays. We look forward to reading all the ways creative minds can play with the theme. Prizes are $200, $100 and $50, plus a year’s membership/subscription for honourable mention. Entries are to be one page in length. The entry fee is $10 for 1 entry and $25 for 3 entries. Your name and email address or phone number should be clearly identified on the reverse side of your submission. Please mail your entry along with cheque or money order to Burnaby Writers’ Society 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby BC V5G 3T7.
Congratulations to BWS members Shawn Gale  and Gloria Barkley, whose  books have been shortlisted  for the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards. Shawn is nominated for his collection The Stories That Make Us, while Gloria has been shortlisted for her poetry collection Water Window Mirror.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Calling all poets

Hone your craft at the University of the Fraser Valley this fall in English 313 (Contemporary Canadian Form Poetry) with Vancouver poet Rob Taylor. From sonnets to erasures, ghazals to prose poems, formal poetry is thriving in the modern literary world. In this intensive poetry-writing workshop course, you'll encounter a wide range of traditional and recently popular forms, and the literary techniques that underpin them. You'll produce a strong and varied portfolio of your own work, while engaging with some of the best new poetry being produced in Canada and beyond. Kevin Spenst and Jordan Abel will make special appearances!

The course is Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:45-12:55. For more information, please contact