2018 information and entry form

Deadline for entries: March 30, 2018
Stories of up to 2000 words will be accepted.

To submit your entry, contact information, and payment, please see the link below. The entry fee for the Adult category is $20. There is no fee for the Junior and Youth categories.

Over $2000 in cash and prizes will be awarded, including a VIU Creative Writing Bursary.

Adult: First prize: $400 cash, plus a bursary for an online or in-class course in the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism (a value of over $400). Second: $250, Third: $150.
Youth: First prize: $250 cash, Second: $150 cash, Third: $100 cash.
Junior: First prize: $75 Chapters gift certificate, Second: $50 gift certificate, Third: $25 gift certificate.

Winners and finalists also choose from a selection of books donated by the Vancouver Island Regional Library.

  • Each entry in the Adult category must be accompanied by payment of the $20 entry fee. Your story will not be officially entered in the contest until the entry fee has been received. There is no fee for the Junior and Youth categories.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • The Islands Short Fiction Contest is a regionally-focused competition intended to highlight the work of area writers. Submissions are accepted from residents of Vancouver Island and the northern and southern Gulf Islands only.
  • Your name must not be on any part of the entry except the entry form .
  • Multiple entries are permitted so long as each entry has its own entry form and entry fee payment.


  • Entries must be previously unpublished and not currently under consideration in any other competition. Stories which have previously placed first, second or third in the Islands Short Fiction Contest may not be entered again.
  • STORIES MAY BE NO MORE THAN 2000 WORDS. Entries above the word limit will not be considered.


  • Entries may be submitted online, and payment made using PayPal, here:


  • Note: You do not need a PayPal account to pay via PayPal. You may use a credit card or Visa debit card, or a PayPal account if you have one.
  • You may also submit via e-mail or regular post. Click here for information.

Winners will be announced at a reception and reading on Thursday, April 26th at 6:30pm at the Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial St., Nanaimo. All entrants will receive an invitation by e-mail to attend; winners and finalists will be notified no later than one week in advance of the presentation. The results will be announced in a media release, as well as online on this website and in NAC’s weekly electronic newsletter and quarterly review. The first, second, and third place stories in each category will, with permission of the authors, be posted on this website. The winner of the Youth category will, with permission of the author, be published in the anthology In Our Own Voice – 2018 from Rebel Mountain Press.

Good luck!