Due to the early closure of the College last month, insufficient submissions were received to be able to proceed with the W49 writing contest as planned. Consequently, the deadline will be moved forward to December 20, 2020, in the hope that this additional time period will allow contributors further opportunities to participate. For those who have submitted for the previous deadline, the submissions will be carried forward, and fees will be waived (cheques/cash will be returned to you, hopefully upon return to classes in September(!). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me (gwilkinson@langara.ca). And a big thank you to all our writers for your patience and understanding!

Be Provocative. Write Now.

W49 Magazine features the very best creative nonfiction, short stories and poetry submitted to the annual Langara College Writing Contest by current and former Langara students. All winning entries are printed in the magazine along with a wide range of "honourable mentions."

W49 Magazine is edited and administered by the Department of English. Every year, the design, illustration and layout of the magazine is the responsibility of a student in the Publishing Program.

The Langara Writing Contest is now open.

The contest is open to all Langara students, past and present. Students may submit entries in any or all of the following three genres. The deadline for submissions for our next issue is December 20, 2020. See below for submission guidelines. Two prizes ($100 for 1st place and $50 for 2nd place) 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 W49 Magazine, which will be released in the fall of each year, and which will be available at the Langara Bookstore. Back-issues of W49 are available as free PDFs in the sidebar to the right.

2018-19 Winners

Congratulations to the Winners of the Langara Writing Contest. Many thanks to all who submitted!


  • 1st: "Me, the Soul of My Dead Turtle..." – Simon Lam
  • 2nd: "Amos’ Roommates" Yuko Kojima
  • Honourable Mentions:
    • "For Mother" Brydon Saukarookoff
    • "The Trip" Philip Beattie

Creative Non-Fiction

  • 1st: "Singing the Body Electric" Will Dansereau
  • 2nd: "Why I Became a Mormon"  Joshua Rae
  • Honourable Mentions:
    • "Hope Knows Better"  Evelin Rodrigues da Silva
    • "Ms. Dodgy, Usual(ly) Suspects"  Yuko Kojima


  • 1st: "An Elegy to the Peach Tree" Mary Zhu
  • 2nd: "House Fire"  Kirra Little
  • Honourable Mentions:
    • "Gliding in Circles"  Yuko Kojima
    • "Coquihalla"  Megan Yeomans
    • "Matryoshka"  Mary Zhu
    • "Drowning"  Kirra Little

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 December 20, 2020.

W49 Magazine will notify all entrants after their manuscripts have been adjudicated. 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 and/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