Thursday, March 21, 2019

The winning entries!

We're delighted to announce the winners of our 2019 writing contest:  "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lessons from Mom and Dad"

First Prize: "Things My Mother Wanted Me to Know" by Chelsea Comeau

Second Prize -" The Last Dance" by Cheryl Andrichuk

Third Prize: " Selling the Pinto" by Franci Louann

The winning writers received their prizes and read their work at our Awards Night evening, Tuesday, March 19 at the Burnaby Arts Council's Deer Lake Gallery.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Our Spoken Readers February 19

Cancelled tonight because of the weather conditions. Will be rescheduled.

Tuesday February 19, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m. The Burnaby Arts Council's Deer Lake Gallery 6584 Deer Lake Avenue  
Isabella Wang  & Natalie Lim 

Isabella Wang’s debut poetry chapbook is forthcoming with Baseline Press in 2019. At 18, she is a two time finalist and the youngest writer shortlisted for The New Quarterly’s Edna Stable Essay Contest. Her poetry has appeared in Room Magazine, The /tEmz/ Review, Train Journal, Canthius, Plenitude, and Looseleaf Magazine, and she holds a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry. Her essays are published in carte blanche, Invisible Blog, and The New Quarterly. She studies English and World Literature at SFU, and serves as the Youth Advocate for the Federation of B.C. Writers. As well, she is working with Books on the Radio, coordinating the bi-monthly Dead Poets Reading Series, and interning at Room Magazine.

Natalie Lim is a writer, occasional musician, and soon-to-be-graduate of Simon Fraser University with a double major in English and Communication. She recently won the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize for her first published work, "Arrhythmia," a poem that explores her experiences as a third-generation Chinese Canadian. When she's not writing, you can find Natalie nerding out over a game of D and D, attempting to cover musical theatre songs, or playing with her puppy, Luna. More than anything, she loves stories - whether told through a book, podcast, or video game - and she hopes to keep telling them for the rest of her life.

The Burnaby Writers' Society will host a critiquing workshop at the gallery prior to the readings (6:15 – 7:45 p.m.). Feel free to attend one or both portions of these events.

Spoken INK is a reading series presented by the Burnaby Writers' Society on the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August). For more information, visit: or contact

Monday, February 11, 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019

Our January 2019 Spoken INK readers

For the first of our 2019 reading series, Spoken INK welcomes authors Cynthia Sharp and Sharon McInnes. Readings begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Burnaby Art Council's Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby. The Burnaby Writers' Society will host a critiquing workshop at the gallery prior to the readings (6:15 – 7:45 p.m.) and, as always, there will be Open Mic opportunities following the featured readings.

Cynthia Sharp is the author of Rainforest in Russet and The Light Bearers in the Sand Dollar Graviton. Her work has been published and broadcast internationally in journals such as CV2, Lantern Magazine and untethered, among others, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology. She is a full member of The League of Canadian Poets and the Greater Vancouver Regional Rep for The Federation of BC Writers. When not writing, she loves walking in nature.


Sharon McInnes is the author of Up Close & Personal: Confessions of a Backyard Birder, a compilation of columns written for The Flying Shingle when she lived on Gabriola Island from 2007 to 2018. She’s been a guest author for Bird Canada for 6 years and has had articles and essays published in various magazines and newspapers. Her personal essay, "The Formative Years", was included in Writing the West Coast: Artful Identities, by Key Publishing House in 2012. Across a Narrow Strait, Sharon’s first novel, was released in October 2018.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Our Guest Reader December 18

Ian Weir is a playwright, screenwriter, TV show runner, and novelist. His debut novel, Daniel O'Thunder, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, as well as the Canadian Authors Association Award for fiction, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the First Novel Award. His second novel, Will Starling, was longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award and shortlisted for the Sunburst Award. He has won two Geminis, four Leos, a Jessie and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award. He lives in Langley, BC.

8 p.m. at the Burnaby Arts Council's Deer Lake Gallery 6584 Deer Lake Avenue. Burnaby

Monday, November 26, 2018

New BWS contest deadline


The Burnaby Writers’ Society 2018 Writing Contest:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Because of the recent mail strike, the deadline for contest entries has been moved to January 20, 2019.

Lessons from Mom and Dad – share with us the sort of tale or talent you’d bring to school for a show and tell. We’re looking to hear all about some of the heartwarming, wacky and downright weird lessons that have shaped you and endured the test of time. The contest is open to all genres; 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 newsletter subscription/membership for honourable mention.

Please have your submissions in by January 20, 2019. Entries are to be one page in length and formatted in Calibri 12. The entry fee is $10 for 1 entry and $25 for 3 entries. Your name, email address or phone number should be clearly identified on the reverse side of your submission, not on the front. Please mail your entry along with a cheque to Burnaby Writers’ Society 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby BC V5G 3T7.

For further clarification, please contact