Creative writing in Manitoba's Interlake.

2018 Contest

$30 submission fee includes entry into Lake Winnipeg Writers Group.
Contest PDF: Contest
Rules PDF: LWWG Contest Rules and Regulations 2016 with notes

LWWG Contest Rules and Regulations

Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group Box 284, Matlock, MB R0C 2B0

Contest Eligibility:

This contest is not open to members of the Contest Administration Committee of the Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group.

Detailed category descriptions:

Youth Categories: A youth is anyone under 18. Anyone still attending Secondary School will be considered a youth. Entry fee is $15.00 for the first entry and $5.00 for each additional entry. Every entrant is awarded a one-year LWWG membership.

Adult Categories: Open to all over the age of 18. Entry fee is $30.00 for first entry and $10.00 for each additional entry. Every entrant, if not already a member, is awarded a one-year LWWG membership.


  • All entries must be submitted in Times New Roman font size 12, double-spaced on 8½X11 white pages.
  • The entrant’s name must not appear on the submissions.
  • Name, mailing address, e-mail address and other identifying particulars will feature only on the Entry Form sent with the submission. All will be required items.
  • The topic for any of the entries is unrestricted but must be appropriate for a general audience.
  • Length of submissions must be in accordance to the following regulations:

Poetry: (adult and youth): maximum 3 pages or 1500 words

Fiction: (adult and youth): maximum 2500 words


  • Adults: (18 years of age or over): $30.00 for the first entry, $10.00 for each additional entry
  • Youths: (under 18 years of age): $15.00 for the first entry, $5.00 for each additional entry.


  • Include a completed entry form for each entry with the following information: the submission’s title, the category being entered and the author’s name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number.
  • Place the title, but no other identifying information on the submitted item.
  • Upon winning a prize, the author must supply an electronic copy of his/her submission to facilitate publication. Prize winners will automatically qualify for publication in the issue of Voices following the contest
  • No previously published work will be accepted. This includes on-line publications such as blogs and websites, or in print for public viewing, not including critique sites or groups. The author must hold the copyright of the material.
  • Entries cannot be returned.
  • LWWG reserves the right to reject any submission.
  • Electronic payment must accompany each entry. We accept Paypal and e-transfer.
  • A notification from Pay-Pal or e-transfer that the transaction has been processed will be your confirmation.
  • The on-line reception deadline is: May 31, 2018

Processing Entries:

  • If the number of entries in a category is insufficient to finance the prizes, that category will be closed and no prizes will be awarded. Should a category be closed, contestants will be invited to send their entries to our editor for consideration in our next publication.
  • Entering the contest gives permission to LWWG to publish your entry as submitted in Voices. All winners will be published.
  • The names of all judges will appear on the LWWG website.
  • No one involved in organizing and supervising the contest may be selected to judge any of the categories.

Awarding Prizes:

Youth and Adults: First Prize: $100.00 Second Prize: $75.00

  • All entrants will be awarded a one-year LWWG membership. Non-winning contestants may resubmit their entry to our editor for consideration regarding publication in the next issue of Voices. Membership benefits are listed on our website at
  • Winners will be announced on the LWWG website.
  • Winners will be notified by email and receive a winner’s certificate and a cheque at the launch of the contest volume of Voices. Honourable Mention recipients will receive a certificate.
  • An invitation to attend and read at the launch of the Contest volume of Voices will be sent either electronically to all winners, including Honourable Mention recipients. If the winner is unable to attend, the certificate, prize and a complimentary copy Voices containing their winning entry will be mailed.

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact:

Let's meet the winners of 2016!


Winner of the first prize in the Poetry category:


Mariah Devcic is a BFA student in her last year at the University of British Columbia. This is her first publication. She is excellent at folding towels and terrible at writing bios.


Winner of the second prize in the Poetry category:


carter-vance-2nd-place-poetryCarter Vance is a student and aspiring poet originally from Cobourg, Ontario, currently studying at Carleton University in Ottawa. His work has appeared in such publications as The Vehicle, (parenthetical) and F(r)iction, amongst others





Winner of an Honorable Mention in the Poetry category:


harvey-jenkins-honorable-mention-poetryHarvey Jenkins lived and worked on Vancouver Island for twenty years and enjoyed the west coast lifestyle. Recently retired, and wanting to be closer to his family, Harvey moved back to Winnipeg in early 2014.

Harvey is a writer of haiku, poetry and prose and has been published in over twenty poetry anthologies, chapbooks and magazines. In 2013, he published his book, Haiku Moments on the Camino: France to Finisterre. This book recounts, in prose and haiku, his Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage.

Harvey is a member of both the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and Haiku Canada. He is a regular contributor to Haiku Canada’s various reviews and anthologies.


Winner of the first prize in the Fiction category: 


Donna Frommelt-Ross

Donna began writing stories for fun in first grade and she's been writing short fiction ever since. Her first published story touches on topics that relate to her multicultural roots. Donna is part Ukrainian and part Saulteaux First Nations with a hint of German.

She attends the University of Winnipeg where she is currently working on completing her degree in Education through the Community-based Aboriginal Education Program (CATEP).

She and her husband, Mike, along with their two dogs live near the creek in Petersfield, MB.


Winner of the second prize in the Fiction category:


Mitchell Toews is a marketing and advertising executive. He lives and works and vexes his grandkids in the Cascadia region on the West Coast. His summers are spent at Jessica Lake in Manitoba in the windy intermingling between the top of the water and the bottom of the sky.

Mitchell's short fiction, "A Fisherman's Story" appears in Rhubarb Magazine issue 39 (launching Sept 7) and his stories have also appeared in Fiction on the Web (UK) and CommuterLit (CA).

"So Are They All" is the author's sixth published work.



Meet the 2016 Judges...

Kevin Spenst is our 2016 judge for the Poetry category.
A Pushcart Poetry nominee, Kevin is the author of Jabbering with Bing Bong (Anvil Press) and ten chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Retractable (the serif of nottingham), and Surrey Sonnets (JackPine Press). He has done a one-man show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and over a hundred readings across the country. His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry, been nominated for both the Alfred G. Bailey Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and has appeared in dozens of publications including Prairie Fire, CV2, BafterC, Lemon Hound, Poetry is Dead, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014. He lives and works in Vancouver, B.C. where he's an enthusiastic participant in a number of writing communities. A second collection of poetry, Ignite, is forthcoming with Anvil Press in 2016.Visit Kevin's website at

Bev_Sandell_GreenbergBev Sandell Greenberg is our 2016 judge for the Creative Non-Fiction category.

Bev is a Winnipeg writer and editor. Her fiction can be found in several Canadian and American literary magazines, such as The Nashwaak Review, The Knight Journal and Prairie Fire. Her novel manuscript Magda’s Five Men received a Letter of Distinction from the Humber School for Writers. Bev’s non-fiction publication credits include Mix Magazine, Herizons Newest Review, Uptown, Lilith, The Globe & Mail and Room. She currently reviews book for the Winnipeg Free Press and writes articles about authors for Prairie Books NOW.

Keith CadieuxKeith Cadieux is our 2016 judge for the Fiction category.

Keith's novella Gaze was listed for a Manitoba Book Award and a ReLit award.

His short fiction has recently appeared in Prairie Fire, Grain, and ELQ. He is the co-editor of The Shadow Over Portage and Main, an anthology of dark and weird stories due out in April, 2016 from Enfield & Wizenty.

Keith lives in Winnipeg.


Voices Submission

Members' deadline for Voices submission
Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018


L.W.W.G. March Executive Meeting
Date:  Saturday, March 10th - 12:30pm
Location: Gaynor Family Regional Library, Selkirk.