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 contest@rebuscreative.com.

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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Keeping It Free Campaign

Let’s Keep It Free!

Here at Word Vancouver, our team feels that one of the most fantastic things about the festival is that it’s 100% free! This means that anyone and everyone can attend regardless of their financial circumstance. Hosting a festival of reading and writing that is both inclusive and accessible is really important to us, and we’re sure it matters to you too!

Word Vancouver has always been free and we want to keep it that way. That’s why this year we are introducing the Keeping It Free campaign. We invite you to help keep Word Vancouver free by donating to our Indiegogo campaign from September 8 to 28.

And check out the great perks we’re offering as a thank-you for your generous support:

  • Up to $19: Acknowledgment on the Word Vancouver website
  • $20-$49: A festival book; and acknowledgment on the Word Vancouver website
  • $50-$99: A signed book from one of the authors reading at this year’s festival; and acknowledgment on the Word Vancouver website
  • $100-$249: Access to the Performer Lounge at Word Vancouver 2014; a festival t-shirt; a signed book from one of the authors reading at this year’s festival; an additional book; and acknowledgment on the Word Vancouver website
  • $250-$499: A mini Word Vancouver 2014 Library; access to the Performer Lounge at Word Vancouver 2014 for you and a friend; two festival t-shirts; one book bag; a signed book from one of the authors reading at this year’s festival; and acknowledgment on the Word Vancouver website
  • $500+: A mini Word Vancouver library of signed books; an author coming to your home for a book club meeting or private reading; access to the Performer Lounge at Word Vancouver 2014 for you and a friend; two festival t-shirts; one book bag; and acknowledgment on the Word Vancouver website

Looking for others ways to support Keeping It Free? You can make a donation of any amount on our website or Adopt-an-Author for $100 (please contact us). And, as always, spread the word!


Thank you to the following donors for contributing to the Keeping it Free campaign on Indiegogo:

  1. Melissa Edwards
  2. Rene Groulx
  3. Leslie Thompson
  4. Katherine Ridley
  5. Iva Cheung
  6. Trevor Battye
  7. Bryan Pike
  8. Jennifer Fyffe
  9. Meghan Leigh Bell
  10. Heather Parsons
  11. John D. Breeze
  12. Anna M. Julia
  13. N. Cottingham Powell
  14. Ken McRae
  15. Richard Hopkins
  16. Heather M Johnston
  17. Michael King
  18. Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art

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Word Vancouver Returns for Its 20th Year

The Vancouver Book & Magazine Fair Society is pleased to be producing our 20th annual festival this year! Word Vancouver returns from Wednesday, September 24, to Sunday, September 28, 2014, and will take place at various venues around town, including Library Square.

If you are interested in exhibiting at this year’s festival, be sure to take advantage of our early-bird rate and register by February 28! You will find all the registration details in our Exhibitor Guide (PDF). To discover more ways to be involved with our festival, visit our Get Involved page!

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