Victoria 2017 Flash Creative Nonfiction Contest Guidelines


Open to residents of Vancouver Island & nearby Canadian islands


May be in any genre of creative nonfiction (CNF), e.g., personal essays, travel writing, memoir, literary journalism, etc. Creative nonfiction stories are true stories, often told with a personal voice and dramatic techniques. For examples and information about CNF, visit Creative Nonfiction Collective Society and Brevity Magazine

Must be in English; maximum word count is 250 words, not including the title

Must be original, unpublished, and not be under consideration elsewhere

We consider work to have been previously published if it has appeared in print or online, including on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

No biographical notes are required. Submission entries will not be returned


Use 12 pt. Times New Roman or Arial font, double spaced, aligned left, and with at least 1-inch margins

Names and other identifiers must not appear anywhere on the story to ensure the judging is blind

Repeat the story title at the top of every page (e.g., in a header)

Include a word count at the top of the first page

Submit in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt

Prizes & Publication

First Prize $100, Second Prize $75, Third Prize $50

Winning entries will be published on and will be displayed for one year

How to Submit

Entries must be submitted online

Writers may submit multiple entries; each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee

Send submissions as email attachments to

Also send an entry form as a second attachment to Victoria 2017 Contest Entry Form

Type FLASH WRITING CONTEST in the email’s subject line

We will confirm stories have been received, usually within three days


Entry fees are $10 for Canadian Authors Association members, $15 for non-members

Payment may be made online using the PayPal button below. Please submit your entry and then your payment on the same day

Payment Using PayPal

Entry Fee

Payment  by cheque

Payment may also be made by cheque. Please make cheques payable to “CAA Metro-Vancouver” and include a note that states the writer’s name, phone number or email address, & the title of the story for which the cheque is payment. Mail to: CAA 2017 Flash Writing Contest, c/o Jean Kay, 1052 Jackson Way, Delta, BC V4L 1W4


The contest starts on Friday, June 16, 2017. All submissions & payments must be made or postmarked on or before 11:59 PM (PDT) Monday, July 17, 2017


All entries will be blind judged by David Leach. The judge’s decision is final

Announcement of Winners

The Times Colonist will announce the contest winners on Tuesday, August 8, 2017


PDF VERSION: CA-Victoria-2017-Contest-Guidelines


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