Friday, July 25, 2014

Latest news from our members

Julia Chayko's poem "Monkey Bars" was published in Volume Two of Passion Poetry Magazine, a Canadian publication out of Ottawa; and a painting by our president,  Kelly Dycavinu, will be included in the 2014-15 Christian Seasons Calendar.

Eileen Kernaghan's new YA novel Sophie, in Shadow was recently reviewed at the Speculating Canada website.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fall SCBWI conference announced

The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Canada West is holding its annual conference, WestCwic 2014, on Saturday September 20 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Guest speakers are fiction writers Hazel Hutchins and Denise Jaden, non-fiction writer Pamela McDowell, and author/illustrator Lisa Cinar. Manuscript and portfolio consultations with our guest speakers are also available. The conference is at the Holiday Inn Express in Burnaby. For more information, please go to   (Thanks to Ken Kilback)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Burnaby Writers’ Society presents... a special workshop evening with poet Diane Tucker

Thursday June 12, 2014
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Studio 104
 Photo ©Krista Ewert

Diane Tucker has published three books of poems, most recently Bonsai Love (Harbour Publishing, 2014). Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and in more than sixty journals in Canada and abroad. Her first novel, His Sweet Favour, was released by Thistledown Press in 2009. In November of 2013, Calgary’s Fire Exit Theatre produced her first full-length play, Here Breaks the Heart: the Loves of Christina Rossetti.

Diane has been leading writing workshops and classes for many years and has curated several public reading series, including the Dead Poets Reading Series in Vancouver. She has also served on the executives of both the Burnaby Writers’ Society and the League of Canadian Poets. She has done at least a hundred public readings of her own work.

Diane’s favourite colour is green; her favourite movies are Truly Madly Deeply and The Linguini Incident. She has never successfully driven a car and has an embarrassingly large collection of vintage buttons.

This workshop is open to the general public by donation. (Suggested donation is $5.) Burnaby Writers’ Society members attend free of charge. Participants’ poetry will be workshopped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Our guest for May at Spoken INK

 Our special guest for May 20, Jude Neale, was shortlisted for the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize (Ireland), The International Poetic Republic Poetry Prize (U.K),The Mary Chalmers Smith Poetry Prize shortlist (UK), The Wenlock International Poetry Prize (UK), The RCLAS International short story and Poetry Competition (Canada) where she placed second in both categories. She was nominated for the Canadian ReLit Award and the Pat Lowther Award for her book Only the Fallen Can See (Canada), Shortlisted for Hurricane Press (USA)and she placed second in the prestigious 2014 Pandora’s Literary Collective Poetry Competition. She most recently achieved HM in the RCLAS short story competition. She has just launched her third collection of poetry, A Quiet Coming of Light.

Tuesday, May 20  @ 8 p.m.
La Fontana Caffe
101-3701 East Hastings Street
(at Boundary Rd)
Open Mic Sign-up @ 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Latest news from our members

Julia Chayko's poem "Monkey Bars" was published in Volume Two of Passion Poetry Magazine, a Canadian publication out of Ottawa.

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.)