Langara Writing Contest

Langara Writing Contest

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The Langara Writing Contest is now open.

1st Prize: $100
2nd Prize: $50

The contest is open to all Langara students, past and present. Students may submit entries in any or all of the following three genres. Two prizes will be awarded for each genre:

  • poetry
  • short fiction/graphic short fiction
  • creative non-fiction/commentary

In addition to the prize-winners, many of the deserving entries will be published in the 19th issue of W49 Magazine, which will be released in Spring 2018, and which will be available at the Langara Bookstore.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  1. A single entry may include up to 5 poems, one short story AND one creative non-fiction work not longer than 2,000 words
  2. Entries must be type-written and double spaced (do not staple submissions and do not put your name on the pages of your manuscript!--they are blindly vetted)
  3. Entries must be accompanied by a cover sheet identifying your name, Langara student number, phone numbers, mailing address, email, and the genre of work you submitted
  4. Each single entry must be accompanied by a $5.00 entry fee (cash is fine, but cheques are preferred). Make your cheque payable to “Langara College”
  5. Deadline for submission is April 20, 2017.

W49 Magazine will notify all entrants after their manuscripts have been adjudicated by September 2017. Those wishing their material returned after the contest must include a self-addressed, self-stamped envelope with the entry. All entrants will receive copies of the magazine at no cost.

Please direct all submissions or enquiries to:

Guy Wilkinson (Room 303b) English Department
Langara College, 100 W 49th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Y 2Z6
604.323.5339 | langarawritingcontest@gmail.com


2016 Winners

Congratulations to the Winners of the 17th Annual Langara Writing Contest. Volume 17 to appear late September 2016. Many thanks to all who submitted!

Creative Nonfiction

  • First Prize: “The Cures” by Susanna Firley
  • Second Prize: “Margaret” by Alex Joukov
  • Honourable Mentions: “Silent Night” by Laura Birtwhistle, “What I Didn’t Say” by Susanna Firley

Short Fiction

  • First Prize: “The Canyon” by Ryan Land
  • Second Prize: “Be Prepared” by Duncan Parizeau
  • Honourable Mentions: “Enter Copenhagen” by Jessica Poon, “The Sparrow” by Russell Chesham

Poetry

  • First Prize: “O2” by Carly Stone
  • Second Prize: “Environmentalists” by A.J. McGown
  • Honourable Mentions: “brief usage of a personage" by Jessica Poon, "Sixteen" by Carly Stone, "Buried" by Duncan Parizeau, "Evening Light" by Laura Birtwhistle

2011 Winners

Congratulations to the Winners of the 15th Annual Langara Writing Contest. These works appear in Volume 16 of W49 Magazine, published in April 2012. Copies will be available for 5$ at the Langara Bookstore.

Creative Nonfiction & Commentary

  • First Prize: “The Sound of Fish” by Leanne Dunic
  • Second Prize: “A Boy in Wales” by Thomas Newton
  • Honourabe Mention: “Beige Bills” by Danny Van

Short Fiction & Graphic Fiction

  • First Prize: “New Haven to Grand Central” by Maddie Gorman
  • Second Prize: “Scissors” by Leanne Dunic
  • Honourable Mentions: “Estinto Colla Voce” by Vincent Justin Mitra, “Exposed” by Meg Todd, “A Trip to the Library” by Aaron     Fox, “History” by Merlin MacGillivary, and “Flare” by Kyle Farquharson.

Poetry

  • First Prize: “to say in words what words can't say” by Maddie Gorman
  • Second Prize: “Drag” by Jaimie Kendal-Ward  
  • Honourable Mentions: “One Designated Area” by Sonia Virdi, “Gems”by Brendan David Scott, “The Day the Flamenco Was     Born” and “the Old Red Pick Up” by Merlin MacGillivray, “Dream Song”4 the Bike Shop” and “Swan Lake”by Maddie Gorman,  “Fingers”by Jaimie Kendal-Ward.“

2010 Winners

Congratulations to the Winners of the 15th Annual Langara Writing Contest. These works appear in Volume 15 of W49 Magazine, published in April 2011.

Creative Nonfiction & Commentary

  • First Prize: “The Heart and Soul of It” by Melissa Patton
  • Second Prize: “Yogurt Cunt” by Tanille Geib

Short Fiction and Graphic Fiction

  • First Prize: “Reveille” by Delia Byrnes
  • Second Prize: “Hi, I'm Oliver" by Vincent Justin Mitra

Poetry

  • First Prize: "Ink Clot” by Brian Patrick Wilson
  • Second Prize: “Miss Lyssa” by Daniel Gowman

2009 Winners

Congratulations to the Winners of the 14th Annual Langara Writing Contest. These works appear in Volume 14 of W49 Magazine, published in April 2010.

Creative Nonfiction

  • First Prize: “Brian, Yael and Host Cells”, by Trudy Gilbert
  • Second Prize: “One Week in June”, by Casey Wallace

Short Fiction

  • First Prize: “Sheep in Wolves Clothes”, by A. Gaidachev
  • Second Prize: “Under the Starry Deep”, by Susannah Ritchie

Poetry

  • First Prize: “Real Love Being”, by Elizabeth MacIntyre
  • Second Prize: “Forgiveness”, by Zach Matthews