Created in loving memory of Darlene Louka
Darlene Louka was a member of AWCS and When Words Collide. She stretched her literary fingers in poetry and later transitioned to science fiction and fantasy. A writer, a teacher, a creator. We created this contest in memory of her and the organizations she loved so much.
GENERAL RULES AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
- This contest is open to anyone residing in Canada or the US and anyone attending When Words Collide 2024.
- Writers of all ages are invited to participate.
- Original, unpublished submissions only.
- No simultaneous submissions, please. This is a contest, your stories should not be up for consideration elsewhere.
- Only one submission per author.
- Collaborativly written stories are welcome, but if selected in the top ten, prize winnings are per story, not per person.
- Open to all forms of prose – any genre - no theme, be creative.
- Submissions must be sent by submission form in a .doc, .docx or .pdf format.
- Please ensure pages are numbered and that you have a title. Your name must not appear anywhere on the document.
- In the header, please include the title of your story.
- Your story must be typed and double-spaced in an easy to read, 11 or 12 pt font.
- Submissions must not exceed 2500 words.
- Authors retain all rights to their stories.
- Submission deadline: March 31, 2024 11:59PM MT
- You do not need to be attending the festival to submit.
- Submission fee $5 CAD
Please note: The AWCS and When Words Collide proudly supports creative writers. We will not accept submissions created with the use of AI such as ChatGPT. If your story is found to be created by AI in any facet, either before, during or after the contest, your submission will be disqualified. We want to protect the intellectual property and copyrights of all writers and currently the use of AI in this form is unethical and an infringement on those rights.
Top 10 winning entries will be published in War of the Words Anthology Volume 1 and authors will receive one free copy of the anthology plus:
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100
7 honourable mentions: $50
Winners will be announced at a special event held at When Words Collide in August.