John Mavin of The Writer’s Studio at SFU is surrounded by some of the 200 manuscripts entered in the First Book Competition.

Writers flood first-book competition

July 22, 2010

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Unpublished Canadian writers, some living as far away as Italy and New Zealand, flooded The Writer’s Studio (TWS) at SFU with 200 unpublished manuscripts in time for the First Book Competition deadline on May 31. The competition, which celebrates the creative writing studio’s 10th anniversary, is the first of its kind in Canada for full-length original works in English by unpublished Canadian writers in three genres: creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry.

Competition coordinator John Mavin says TWS received twice as many manuscripts as expected: 119 fiction, 24 non-fiction and 57 poetry manuscripts. Three winners will be announced at the October 2010 Vancouver International Writers Festival. The prize? Anvil Press will publish the winning manuscript in each category in 2011.


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