And the winner is…

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our Word by Word short fiction contest. It was a challenge to whittle down over 60 eligible entries to the five finalists, and even tougher for our final judge, Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists, to choose the first place winner.

Ms. McMahon had this to say about the winning entry:

“In only a few pages, “Incident at the Office” manages to pack a sizeable punch, balancing the tension of a threatening moment with a complex father-daughter relationship and a teenager’s concern about appearances.  The writer’s inventive, descriptive language and deft changes of pace combine to surprise and satisfy the reader.”

1st Place – Dorothy Sjoholm for Incident at the Office

Dorothy will receive $500. and publication on the website.

2nd Place – Frank Westcott for One Shower Too Many

Frank will receive $250. and publication on the website.

3rd Place – Corrie Adams for Beyond the Fence 

Corrie will receive $100. and publication on the website.

Congratulations to all our winners!


Stay tuned for our 2017 contest to be launched late in 2016.

Word by Word – WCSC Short Fiction Contest

1st Prize: $500.00 and commentary from Ms. McMahon.

2nd prize: $250.00

3rd prize: $100.00.

The top three winning entries receive publication on WCSC website.

Please read all submission guidelines before submitting your work:

  • Entries can consist of any subject, just send us your best work. Fiction only. Works of non-fiction and poetry will be automatically disqualified.
  • The maximum word count is 1500 words (title not included). Any entries longer than 1500 words, will be automatically disqualified. There is no minimum word count.
  • All entries must be original and unpublished works. All entries must not be under consideration elsewhere for possible publication or broadcast, or accepted for publication or broadcast elsewhere, or entered into any other contest. Work appearing or published on the internet in any form is considered published and therefore, ineligible.
  • International entries welcome. English language only.
  • You must be 18 years of age to participate in the WCSC Short Story Contest.
  • The contest closes at midnight (12:00am EDT) on Thursday, March 31, 2016. All entries received after this date and time will be ineligible. If entries are received after the contest closes, the submission fee will not be refunded.

More details:

  • Send entries to: No entries will be returned.
  • Please send the short story as an attachment in word format (.doc or .docx). Submissions to be in 12 pt font, Times New Roman, double spaced, with standard 1-inch margins, top, bottom and both sides.
  • Judging is blind. There can be no identification of the author anywhere on the entry of your short story. Your name, email, phone number, word count, and title should appear in the body of the email ONLY. Any entry identifying the author will be automatically disqualified.


  • Contest winners will be announced at the June 12th, 2016 WCSC monthly meeting. If winner is not present at the WCSC June meeting, we will make every effort to contact you via phone or email before announcing the winners on the WCSC website and social media outlets, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Entry Fee: $15.00 CAN. per entry, $20.00 US per entry. One entry consists of one short story. You may enter the contest as many times as you like, but each entry attracts the same entry fee. All submission fees are non-refundable.
  • A single writer may only win ONE of the prizes.
  • By entering the WCSC Short Story Contest, you agree to give WCSC first publication rights to the entry.
  • All WCSC 2015 – 2016 Board of Directors are ineligible to enter the WCSC Short Story Contest.

The Contest is now Closed.

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