North Island College English instructor, Steve Schoenhoff, invites local writers to join him for NIC’s seventh annual Three-Hour Fiction Writing Contest taking place Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, 1-4 p.m. at NIC’s Comox Valley campus. Registration is by donation to the NIC Foundation.

North Island College fiction writing contest Dec. 17

Write a short story in three hours

North Island College asks: Can you write under pressure?

Win $300 tuition credit in NIC’s seventh annual Three-Hour Fiction Writing Contest, Sunday, Dec. 17.

The contest is a literary competition designed to see what you can write in three short hours.

The event takes place at NIC’s Comox Valley campus, in Tyee Hall, Room 114, starting at 1 pm. Everyone is welcome.

The contest winner receives a $300 tuition credit toward any NIC course. The Island Word newspaper will publish the story.

“At 1 p.m., the doors close and writers will be given elements that must appear in the story,” said English instructor Steve Schoenhoff.

“It might be a psychological problem deep in the heart of the protagonist, or a conflict over control of a useless piece of furniture.”

Schoenhoff brought the competition to the Comox Valley seven years ago, after hearing about Vancouver’s three-day novel contest.

“There were over 40 entries in NIC’s very first contest,” he said. “The quality of work has been great every year.”

Writers craft their story in NIC’s computer lab and print their work at the end of the three hours. A panel of NIC faculty and staff will judge the stories based on readability, creativity and the degree to which they weave the required elements into the story.

“Writing a story in three hours can be an inspiring dilemma for people,” Schoenhoff said.

“I wanted to give short story writers an opportunity to show what they can do under pressure.”

Registration is by donation to the NIC Foundation. Proceeds support creative writing students through the Stephen Schoenhoff Creative Writing Scholarship.

For contest information or to register, contact Schoenhoff at (250) 334-5094 or by 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16.

Latecomers will be accommodated as space permits.

NIC offers a wide range of English courses from upgrading, creative writing and business writing courses through to academic writing and university studies. Many of these courses are available at reduced rates to learners ages 55+ through NIC’s Joy of Lifelong Learning program. To find out more about NIC’s programs and courses visit

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