Mayworks offering writing contest

The prize for first is $300, second prize is $200 and third prize is $100.

Vancouver Island Mayworks will hold its first ‘writing on work’ contest and if you work and you write short stories or poetry, you should enter.

The subject matter is work, any kind of work. It could be hard physical work, or it could be pushing numbers around on a computer or about a futuristic workplace, or about the beauty and pain of work, whatever you want as long as:

•    It is a work of fiction.

•    It can be either prose or poetry.

•    It is a maximum of 2,500 words.

•    It has not been previously published.

A panel of judges will read all the entries and shortlist those to six stories or poems. The six writers or poets will then have an opportunity to read their work at a public reading May 23 at Zocalo Café in Courtenay. The audience will, by secret ballot, select their favourite story or poem.

The prize for first is $300, second prize is $200 and third prize is $100. In addition, all shortlisted works will be published in a chapbook available at the May 23 reading.

The deadline for submission of entries is April 15. Mail them to 480 Second St., Courtenay, B.C. V9N 1C1 or e-mail to bcharlton@shaw.ca.

The shortlist will be announced May 1. The reading will be at Zocalo on Thursday evening, May 23.

You do not have to be present at the reading to submit your work. The work will remain your property except for its inclusion in the chapbook.

For any other questions, contact Mayworks at bcharlton@shaw.ca.

For other Mayworks events, check its Facebook page.

— Vancouver Island Mayworks

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