Islands Short Fiction Contest 2021

Awards Ceremony Announcement

Live-Stream Awards Ceremony
Presented by the Nanaimo Arts Council

May 1 at 2 PM PDT

with
Vancouver Island University,
Department of Creative Writing and Journalism

and
Vancouver Island Regional Library

Special support for youth through
The Nanaimo Foundation


The Islands Short Fiction Contest had a very strong response this year in all categories, more than doubling the total number of entries from the last time the contest was held in 2019, and attracting almost four times as many Junior and Youth entries.

The ceremony will feature author Doretta Lau, who will read from her own work and present the awards to the three top authors in the adult category. Ms.Lau is the author of the short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions, 2014) and the poetry chapbook Cause and Effect (The Vault, 2020). She is writing a comedic novel about an inept company struggling to open a theme park about death and an essay collection about navigating volcanoes, illness, and other enormities on the worst timeline.

The winners in all three categories will be asked to read excerpts from their stories, and, with the authors’ permission, the first, second and third-place stories from each category will be published on our website.
We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship and material assistance from Vancouver Island University’s Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, and especially Frank Moher, Sonnet L’Abbé, and Joy Gugeler; from the Vancouver Island Regional Library, especially Jen Seper, Junior Category Judge Peter Maguire, and Youth Category Judge Arija Fisher. Our thanks also go to the Nanaimo Foundation, and especially Laurie Bienert, for its support in reaching Junior and Youth applicants. We are extremely grateful for our core funding from the City of Nanaimo, and from the British Columbia Arts Council.

This program is made possible through generous assistance and funding from Vancouver Island University’s Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, the Nanaimo Foundation, The City of Nanaimo, and the British Columbia Arts Council. Special thanks to Jen Seper at VIRL, and Frank Moher, Sonnet L’Abbé, and William Litchfield at VIU, who have all contributed greatly to the contest.

May 1 at 2 PM PDT