Saturday, March 8, 2014

Announcing our 2014 writing competition

Burnaby Writers’ Society
WRITING CONTEST 2014  Deadline May 31




. Open to all residents of British Columbia, except members of the BWS screening committee. Work must be previously unpublished, and not accepted for publication.

1. How to Enter

. Send us a complete one page work of poetry, prose poetry or prose (fiction, non-fiction or unclassifiable), on the theme of WOOD. In traditional Chinese culture wood is described as the “fifth element”, one that bridges the animate and inanimate world. However, the theme can be interpreted in any way you like – woodlands, woodwork, knock on wood, deadwood, woodcut, Woodstock – or any other association that may occur to you. Work can be in any form or genre, as long as it will fit on one side of a standard 8 1/2" x 11” sheet of paper with standard margins. Entries may be single or double-spaced, word-processed or typewritten. For the sake of the judges’ eyesight, please use an easy to read font no smaller than 12 point. Clear photocopies are acceptable.

. Write your name, address, phone number and/or e-mail address on the reverse side of each entry. (Please don't put your name on the story itself. Entries will be photocopied, without identification, before they are submitted to the judges.)

. Include a fee of $5.00 for each submitted entry; or $10 for three entries. Please do not send cash. Cheques or money orders should be made payable to the Burnaby Writers' Society. (If you are sending several entries, include one cheque or m.o. to cover the total fee.) You may submit any number of entries, as long as each is accompanied by the requisite fee.

2. Judging and Prizes

. Cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50 Canadian will be awarded to the top three entries. Only one cash prize will be awarded per contestant. At the discretion of the judges, honourable mentions may also be awarded. These will receive a one-year subscription to the Burnaby Writers' Society's market and resource newsletter. The judges’ decisions will be final. If the judges feel no award is warranted, none will be given.

. Winners will be notified by September 15, 2014, and will be invited to read their winning entries at a public reading and awards night. (Entries by winners unable to attend in person will, with the author's permission, be read by a BWS member.)

NO ENTRIES WILL BE RETURNED. For a list of winning entries, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope; or check the BWS website, , after September 15, 2014.

 . Because of the large number of submissions, the BWS cannot correspond with contestants or supply individual comments on entries. The BWS is not responsible for entries lost or damaged in the mail. All rights remain with the authors.

. Mail your entry, postmarked no later than May 31, 2014, to BWS CONTEST COMMITTEE, 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby BC Canada V5G 3T7. (No e-mail entries, please.)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Our March Spoken INK Event: Ekphrasticism -- Painted Words

  Candice James, Poet Laureate (2010 – 2016) City of New Westminster, is a poet, writer, musician, singer, songwriter and visual artist. She is the author of poetry books, A Split In The Water - Fiddlehead Poetry Books 1979; Inner Heart – A Journey (2010); Bridges And Clouds (2011); Midnight Embers– A Book Of Sonnets (2012); Shorelines (2013); and Ekphrasticism – Painted Words(2014).Candice is currently in her second 3 year term as Poet Laureate of The City of New Westminster; President of The Royal City Literary Arts Society; a full member of The League of Canadian Poets; Board Advisor The International Muse (India); Board Advisor Federation of BC Writers; Honorary Professor at the International Arts Academy (Greece); Past President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers; Past Director of SpoCan; Past President of Slam Central; creator of the long running events “Poetic Justice” and “Poetry in the Park”. She is the recipient of “Writers International Network’s Distinguished Poet Award 2013” and recipient of the Pentasi B “Woman of Prestige Award 2013” (Phillipines). She was a judge for the Jessamy Stursberg Canadian Youth Poet Award 2012.

Don Portelance is a professional artist and art teacher living in greater Vancouver. He has exhibited in many countries and his artwork hangs in corporate, public and private collections worldwide.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Our February Spoken INK guest

Andrea McKenzie Raine 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
8 p.m. (open mic sign-up at 7:30)
Andrea McKenzie Raine earned a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Victoria. She has attended the successful Planet Earth Poetry reading series (formerly known as Mocambopo) in Victoria, BC since 1997, and participated in the Glenairley writing retreats led by Canadian poet and novelist Patrick Lane in Sooke, BC. In 2005, she published her first book of poetry, titled A Mother’s String, through Ekstasis Editions. Andrea lives in Victoria, BC with her husband and two young sons. Turnstiles is her debut novel.

  Spoken INK is a reading series presented by the Burnaby Writers' Society on the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August). at La Fontana Caffe, 101- 3701East Hastings Street at Boundary Road..  For more information, contact

Monday, December 30, 2013

Spoken INK presents a mystery evening with Debra Purdy Kong

Our January special guest at Spoken INK is mystery writer Debra Purdy Kong. Join us at La Fontana Caffe, 101-3701 East Hastings @Boundary Road on  Tuesday January 21, 2014. Open Mic sign-up at 7:30 p.m., readings begin at 8 p.m.

Debra Purdy Kong's volunteer work, criminology diploma, and numerous day jobs have provided the inspiration and background for five published mystery novels, all set in the Lower Mainland. The first two in her Alex Bellamy white-collar crime mysteries, Taxed to Death and Fatal Encryption, came from ideas generated while working for a firm of chartered accountants. Later employment in the security field as a patrol and communication officer provided great background material for her Casey Holland transit security mysteries, The Opposite of Dark, Deadly Accusations, and the recently released Beneath the Bleak New Moon. Debra has also published more than one hundred short stories, essays, and articles for publications such as Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul, B.C. Parent Magazine, and The Vancouver Sun. She lives in Port Moody, BC with her family. More information about Debra and her work can be found at

Spoken INK is a reading series presented by the Burnaby Writers' Society on the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August). For more information,

Friday, December 13, 2013

Our December 17th Spoken INK Guest Reader

P.W. Bridgman is a Vancouver writer of literary fiction. .Mr. Bridgman’s short stories and flash fiction pieces have appeared in various literary publications, including Grain, The Antigonish Review,  The New Orphic Review, and Moth Magazine (Ireland). They have won prizes or been finalists in several competitions, both in Canada and abroad. They have also been included in anthologies published in Ireland, England and Scotland. His first book of short fiction, entitled Standing at an Angle to My Age, is published by the proudly independent Canadian publisher, Libros Libertad Publishing Ltd. It was launched in May, 2013 and can be purchased at better bookstores across Canada, and online directly from the publisher and from Amazon. Author website:

Tuesday, December 17, 8:00 p.m.
La Fontana Caffe, 101-3710 East Hastings, Burnaby
Open Mic sign-up at 7:30

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Our November 19th Spoken INK Guest Readers

Bonnie Nish is founder and Executive Director of Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society a charitable organization in the literary arts based in Vancouver. She is also Executive Producer of the Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival, an outdoor festival now in its tenth year. Bonnie has a Masters in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School.. Bonnie’s poems have been published widely, and her first book of poetry Love and Bones, was launched into the world in September by Karma Press.

Dennis E. Bolen has published seven books of fiction with three different publishers over a career that saw him work as editor for sub-TERRAIN magazine, part-time editorial writer for the Vancouver Sun, and freelance literature critic for several publications. Over the years Mr. Bolen has sat on the executive of the Canadian Authors Association and assisted with the annual Summer Dreams literary festival. His return to poetry, the largely autobiographical collection Black Liquor, was published by Caitlin Press in September 2013. Other publications include Anticipated Results, short fiction, Arsenal/Pulp, Vancouver, 2011; Kaspoit!, novel, Anvil Press, Vancouver, 2009; Toy Gun, novel, Anvil Press, Vancouver, 2005.Gas Tank and Other Stories, short fiction, Anvil Press, Vancouver, 1998; Krekshuns, novel, Random House, Toronto, 1997; Stand In Hell, novel, Random House, Toronto, 1995; Stupid Crimes (revised), novel, Vintage, Toronto, 1995.