Adult Competition

1st Prize – Chelsea Comeau
Chelsea Comeau is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Freefall, CV2, and Room magazine. She was awarded honourable mention in the 2018 CV2 2 Day Poem Contest, and the 2018 CV2 Young Buck Poetry Prize. Her poem The Paddlewheeler was nominated by Room magazine for a Pushcart Prize.

2nd Prize – Lauryn Savage
Story: Train of Souls
Lauryn grew up in Vancouver and has lived in many places in the Lower Mainland.  By day she works in an office, and by night she watches the Skytrain go by and dreams of magic.

3rd Prize – Mary McDonald
Story: Between The Heron And The Wren
Mary MacDonald is a poet and writer with a Ph.D. from UBC. She has written poetry for ballet, public art, and libretto. Her work has appeared in Room Magazine and Pique Magazine. Her chapbook, Going In Now, was published in 2014 by NIB Publishing. She is a member of the Whistler writers The Vicious Circle.

Youth Competition

1st Prize – Anika Schreiber
Story: Eleanor
Anika Schreiber is a seventeen-year-old writer from Coquitlam, BC, whose passion for literature and fine art has led her to pursue a career in creative writing. She loves swimming and high fantasy novels, and is eager to learn more about the captivating world of writing.

2nd Prize – TIE – Jetson Cruz
Story : Hot Coffee
Jetson Foster is a 17-year-old aspiring writer from Coquitlam. Creative writing has captured his heart and mind since his childhood. He now writes out of passion for fantasy and personal growth.

2nd Prize – TIE – Paisley McKenzie
Story: King Beneath the Mountain
Paisley McKenzie is a 1st-year at UBC.  It’s been interesting for her to investigate both the technical aspects of writing, like points of view, and her own family history within the competition’s prompt. She thinks sharing stories about life and death is good for communities, and thanks the festival for making an opportunity for people to do so.

Competition details:

LitFest New West aims to be a festival that features a variety of literary arts by a wide range of artists from the Metro Vancouver region. The festival aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities. This short story competition is open to applications from both established and emerging artists.

Arts Council wishes to highlight how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on Thursday January 31, 2019

The Arts Council of New Westminster and the New West Hospice Society have partnered to present a short story competition with the goal to make New Westminster a compassionate city where conversations and messages about loss and healing are normal. For the most part, our community is death-denying and we seek to create a dialogue that encourages individuals to share their stories and journeys on these issues. Our intention is to galvanize the community to share stories that investigate the personal journey we all make through life, until our deaths.

Theme: Compassion through sharing stories of loss, grief and healing

This Call for Submissions is open to emerging and established artists. A jury of professional artists and representatives of the ACNW and NW Hospice Society will adjudicate the submissions.
Results will be announced during LitFest New West 2019. All winners will be published on in April 2019.

• Open to anyone regardless of where they reside.
• One entry per person and story must not have been previously published in print or on the web.
• LitFest New West Organizing Committee Members are not eligible to participate.

Adult Category: 19 years of age or greater
• First Prize – $1,000
• Second Prize $500
• Third Prize – $250

Youth Category: 15 – 18 years of age
• First Prize – $1,000
• Second Prize $500
• Third Prize – $250

Contest Entry Fees
Adult Category (19+) entries: $20
Youth Category (15-18 years) entries: Free

Word Count
Adult: Min: 1,200 – Max. 1,500
Children/Youth (15-18 years) – Min: 500 – Max. 1,000

How to Submit Entries:
• Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered.
• Submissions will be accepted attached via email in a docx file format only.
• Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, a headshot photo in jpg format, bio (50 words max), address, phone number, email address, word count, and number of pages of entry.
• Entries must be emailed to
• Entry fee can be paid via e-transfer to, password: litfestnewwest

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Thursday January 31, 2019.

The Jury Process:
The jury will read submissions during February 2019. All artist entries will receive an invitation to LitFest New West in Spring 2019. Winners will not be notified in advance of LitFest New West.

Estimated Timeline:
October 15, 2018 Call for Submissions Launched
January 31, 2019 Deadline to submit
February 2019 Jury to review submissions
March 2019 Jury results to be tabulated
Spring 2019 LitFest New West – Winners announced

Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Arts Council of New Westminster | 604 525 3244 |

About Darychuk Law
Darychuk Law is a local law firm specializing in estate litigation. Dale Darychuk, Q.C. is a long time New Westminster resident and is pleased to sponsor events that champion our local artists.
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To download a copy of this Call for Submissions, click here