This year’s Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival marks the seventh annual Askew’s Foods writing contest. The contest is open to all writers eighteen years and older, and accepts original entries in three categories — fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Submissions can be emailed up to midnight Pacific time, February 29, 2020.

The First Place winner in each category receives a $150 cash prize plus a 2020 festival package including banquet (a $265 value).

The Second Place winner in each category receives a $75 cash prize plus a banquet ticket for Saturday night’s award ceremony (a $40 value).

Each Honourable Mention winner in each category receives a $50 cash prize plus a banquet ticket for Saturday night’s award ceremony (a $40 value).

All winners will be listed on the festival website, and will have their winning entries published in the 2020 edition of the Askew’s Foods Word on the Lake Anthology. Each winner receives the anthology in ebook and print, and the anthology will be available at the festival and online.

Each entry to the contest has a $15 Canadian entry fee, one hundred percent of which goes directly to supporting the Word on the Lake Writer’s Festival.

For more information on the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival website.

Any queries about the contest should be directed to contest.saow@gmail.com with ‘Writing Contest Questions’ in the subject line of your email.

The Winners of the 2019 Askew’s Foods Word on the Lake Writing Contest:

Fiction:

  • First Place: Chelsea Comeau for Saying Goodbye to Piss Pants
  • Second Place:  Brandon Provencher for Pit House
  • Honourable Mention: Chris McMahen for Coffee Cup Revelations

Poetry

  • First Place: Jaki Sawyer for Water and Wood
  • Second Place: Michael Van Ziffle for No Pardon
  • Honourable Mention: Peter Robin for Anti Ode

Nonfiction

  • First Place: Oliver Butterfield for Wild Ride
  • Second Place: Oliver Butterfield for Lemonade Stand Economics
  • Honourable Mention: Peter Robin for Miner Details

Fiction Judge Gail Bowen wrote the following :” I’ve made my choices, and it was not an easy task. The submissions were all so strong and the voices so original that I did a lot of re-reading and of revisiting my choices.

Poetry Judge Nancy Bell wrote this: …” the quality of the entries was wonderful and it made my job very hard. I wish to offer congratulations to each and every entry. Well done!:

Non-fiction Judge Jodie Renner: …these three choices really do seem to be the most engaging, well-written stories of the 22 submitted.