Call for Submissions — Fernie Writer-in-Residence May 1-22, 2020

The Federation of BC Writers and the Fernie Writers Conference are calling for submissions for the Fernie Writer-in-Residence term from May 1 to 22, 2020. Applications will be accepted from February 1 through Midnight (PDT) March 15, 2020. The Writer-in-Residence will be announced before April 1, 2020.

The Fernie Writers Conference events are held at Fernie Alpine Resort. During the year, there are several weekend Mini-Conferences. The main Fernie Writers Conference will be August 17-24, 2020 and offers participants week-long and three-day intensive workshops in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

The Writer-in Residence will lead one workshop session at the May 1, 2, 3, 2020 Mini-Conference. The writer will be expected to give a public reading at the beginning of the residency and toward the end. The writer will lead a five-session evening workshop for adults (no more than ten writers) and a similar number of sessions with youth in the community.

The Writer-in-Residence will receive a $1500 stipend and $500 for leading a session at the May Mini-Conference.

Beyond that, the Writer-in-Residence will be able to work on a project of their own, benefiting from a three-week block of time.

The adjudication will be by Keith Liggett (President of the Federation of BC Writers and Director of the Fernie Writers Conference), one member-at-large of the Federation of BC Writers, and one member of the Fernie community. The Writer-in-Residence must be a member of the Federation of BC Writers, a Canadian resident of BC or the Yukon and have a demonstrated publication and workshop history. There is no requirement as to genre, but a writer with experience across non-fiction, fiction and poetry may be given preference.

The decision of the adjudicators will be final.

Interested writers should apply through the Federation of BC Writers Submittable site accessed through the Fed web site or through the Fernie Writers Conference site at

Any questions should be directed to Keith Liggett

Application materials should include:

  1. A one page cover letter.
  2. Ten pages (standard manuscript formatting) of the proposed project with a one page synopsis/explanation.
  3. Two-page CV detailing publishing and workshop experience.
  4. Two craft references.

The Fernie Writer-in-Residence is supported by generous grants from the Federation of BC Writers, Fernie Lodging Company, Snow Creek Cabins, Lizard Creek Lodge, Fernie Alpine Resort, and other community members.

To apply through the Submittable page set up for this purpose, click HERE.