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Pub Trivia Night – Summer Readin’ Edition

Bring in the summer with a pint and Word Vancouver’s pub quiz on Monday, June 19 at The Cottage Bistro!

The theme is Summer Reading. Think beach reads, poolside, book clubs, and the lighter side of literature. You don’t need to be a serious scholar to join us -although everyone is welcome!

Trivia begins at 7:00 pm, so make sure you arrive early to have a drink, order some food, and get in the zone! Bring your friends, or meet new ones. Teams are 6 people (max).

There will be prizes, including books, gift cards, tasty treats, and maybe even a trophy!

Entry fee: $10 per person (cash only)

This is a fundraiser, with 100% of the entry fees going to Word Vancouver.

Check out our Facebook event for full details.

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Kids’ Writing Contest

Writers aged 12 and under are invited to submit their work of fiction, 350 words or less, to the Word Vancouver Kids’ Writing Contest. The winners will have their piece published in WestCoast Families!

The submission deadline is August 27, 2017.

Please email your submissions to: or mail them to the Word Vancouver office:

#901 – 207 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 1H7

Please clearly state your name, age, and your contact details with your submission.

Good luck!

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Flash Fiction Contest Winners Announced

Word Vancouver is very pleased to announce the winners of our first Flash Fiction Writing Contest:

Adult Category: Evelyn Schofield
Youth Category: An Xu
Child Category: Isla McGlashan Green, Malcolm Taylor, Ella McLaren-Kennedy, Noah Diguangco, and Judi Li

Congratulations to you all!

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Venue Changes for Word Vancouver 2016

Due to the recent flooding in the lower level of the Vancouver Public Library, all downstairs programming has been relocated. Perspective Point and Port of View, as well as the Mini–Manuscript Consults and Blue Pencil Sessions, will now be located on level 3 of the library, to the left when you get off the escalator. The Underground exhibitors and activities will be located outside on the North Plaza (Georgia and Homer side of Library Square) and the moat exhibitors will be located in the promenade. The Silent Auction will be outside in the T8 tent.

Please see the updated site map below:


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Literary Pub Trivia Night

We had so much fun last time, we’re doing it again!

The metaphors have been sharpened. The plots are thickening. The pens have been thrown down…

The board of Word Vancouver invites you to its third evening of literary pub trivia to help raise funds for Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading.

With trivia written by local literary luminaries, word wizards, and poetic prophets, push your lit smarts to the limit. Fabulous prizes to be won and always fun to be had! So bookmark your page, get your team together, and come out to test your literary knowledge against the biggest book nerds in Vancouver.

Sunset Grill
2204 York Avenue, Vancouver

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

• Cover charge: $10 per person **CASH ONLY**
• OR Dinner & Cover Special: $28 — Gets you a burger (veggie/chicken/beef) and a draft beer / glass of wine. Includes 15% gratuity. ($10 going to Word Vancouver) **CASH ONLY**
• Anything else ordered from the menu will be handled by the Sunset Grill and can be paid with cards.

• Maximum team size: 6
• We recommend you arrive between 6–6:30 pm so you have time to order some food and drinks.
• Trivia starts at 7 pm
• Invite your team members to RSVP on the Facebook event
• Our host is the affable crime noir author Linda L. Richards.

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Word Vancouver 2016 Writing Contest

Flash fiction: Show us who you are and what you’ve got


Flash fiction gives you the opportunity to show the world your literary star quality… in 250 words or less.

The purpose of the contest is to inspire communication and creativity. The contest is open to all styles and genres.

Rules: Submit original stories only, of up to 250 words. Entry fee must accompany stories, as applicable. Contest closes on September 15. The contest will be judged by professional writers.

Two winners, one from the adult entrants and one from the youth entrants, will be chosen. They will each get the opportunity to read their flash fiction at the 2016 Word Vancouver festival, and their stories will be printed in a local magazine.

There will be one winner and nine finalists from the child entrants, and they will each receive a prize.

Email submissions to

The $10 entry fee can be paid by mailing in a cheque or by using the “Pay Now” button in the right-hand column of the website.


Adult entrants (18 years or older)—fee is $10 per entry (entrants may submit more than one entry; however, a $10 fee must accompany each entry)
Youth entrants (12 to 17 years old)—no entry fee
Child entrants (up to 11 years old)—no entry fee

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Reading Lights Initiative Launched

Reading Lights celebrates the work of BC children’s book authors and illustrators and offers unexpected encounters with an array of stories for children and their families near parks, playgrounds, schools, and libraries throughout Vancouver.

Intended to spark an interest in stories and reading, the program features excerpts of books and illustrations on lamp posts across the city for all to enjoy.

Twenty Reading Lights plaques have been installed as of January 2016, and the project was officially launched at the Vancouver Public Library on Family Literacy Day, January 27.

Reading Lights is a collaborative project of Vancouver Public Library and the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC Society.

Explore this interactive map and discover more about these exceptional children’s books and the authors and illustrators who bring them to life, including Word Vancouver author Ashley Spires (pictured above).

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Capture Kids’ Imaginations at Word

Word Vancouver is looking forward to our 21st festival. We’re especially excited to announce the launching of the Family Stage, more family friendly fun than ever with entertainment specifically for kids. Word Vancouver is, has always been, and will always be, free to attend. Help keep it that way.

Word Vancouver has a strong commitment to kids’ literacy and encouraging families to discover the joy of books together. Our festival is something in which all kids, from all families, in any circumstances, and with any abilities can participate. Remember when you first fell in love with books and reading? Remember your favourite books? We do, and that’s why we want to make this festival even more about the kids.

Creating the Family Stage means restructuring our programming, focusing on accessible activities and audience engagement, which costs more than solely providing entertainment. We believe that books and reading create smiles and bring happiness; we want to show more kids that reading can be fun. We’re proud to offer a free festival where kids of all ages can hear and meet authors, see mascots from books come alive, do a literary scavenger hunt, and maybe even find their new favourite book.

Help us bring more kids to Word to fall in love with books and reading by donating to our Chimp campaign.

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“Reading Lights” Initiative

The Vancouver Public Library and CWILL BC have announced a new initiative that will place books and reading onto Vancouver streets.

Excerpts of stories or poems with associated illustrations from published children’s literature will be featured on permanent plaques (24” high by 7” wide) and placed on lamp posts in Vancouver.

These “Reading Lights” will provide spontaneous encounters with BC books for children and their caregivers near parks, playgrounds, schools, and libraries. They are intended to spark an interest in stories and reading, while celebrating the work of BC authors and illustrators.

Twenty installations will be completed this year aimed at younger children, with forty more to follow in the next two years for older children.

If you live in BC, write for children, and would like to see your work featured, be sure to check out the submission criteria.

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Word Vancouver a Runner-Up in the Straight’s BOV

GS_BOV_Decal_Runnerup_Colour_2014Word Vancouver is the runner-up for Best Literary Event in The Georgia Straight’s 2014 Best of Vancouver! The annual survey is filled out by Georgia Straight readers and lets us know the best the Lower Mainland has to offer. Thanks for voting for us!

Visit the Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver webpage to view all the results from the 19th annual survey.

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