alumni UBC Short Fiction Contest 2024

Short Fiction
Contest 2024

Are you passionate about writing? Do you have a great story to tell? Alumni who enjoy writing are invited to submit original short fiction (from 1,500 to 1,750 words) that has not previously been published and incorporates UBC in some capacity, such as setting or characters. Entrants from budding wordsmiths to established writers are welcome to participate in this literary contest. The winning entry will receive a $1,000 prize and have their story published and illustrated in The University of British Columbia Magazine’s Spring 2024 edition. Unleash your creativity and become part of the UBC literary legacy today!*

Presented in partnership with the UBC School of Creative Writing and the UBC Okanagan Faculty of Critical and Creative Studies.

Questions? Please contact Terrilynn Wong at

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  • Open to UBC graduates only; UBC faculty or staff are not eligible.
  • Entries must be literary short fiction from 1,500 to 1,750 words in length. Please do not submit chapters from novels, works for children, Young Adult (YA) fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, screenplays, poetry, or other literary forms. Previously published works also are not eligible.
  • Stories must be typed and formatted in 12 pt Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and single-sided. Entries must be submitted online by 11:59 pm PT on December 8, 2023.
  • Please submit a cover page that includes the author’s name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and story title. It is essential to ensure the same title is on the first page of the story.
  • No name, address, phone number or any identifying mark should appear on any pages of the short story.
  • One entry per person.
  • Submissions must not be AI-generated, in whole or in part. Submissions that are AI-generated will be immediately disqualified.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel consisting of UBC Vancouver’s School of Creative Writing and UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Critical and Creative Studies representatives, as well as the editor of The University of British Columbia Magazine. The winner will be notified in March 2024.
  • The judges reserve the right to disqualify stories that do not meet these guidelines.
  • Authors whose stories are shortlisted should be prepared to submit biographical information upon request.
  • We are unable to provide written responses to manuscripts.