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The Advocate runs a short fiction competition each year. Except for Advocate staff past and present, any person who is now or has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia (including lawyers, judges and masters) or who is an articled student is eligible to enter the contest.

The deadline for the 2017 contest is the close of business Friday, September 1, 2017.

Competition Details

Eligible Fiction

A fictional work, written in English, to a strict maximum of 2500 words, that deals, if only incidentally, with legal subject matter.

The contributor must be the author of the work which must be entirely original and must not ever have been published or submitted for publication or consideration in a writing competition elsewhere.

Format For Submissions

Submit two double-spaced, typed manuscript copies, each with a separate cover sheet bearing the work’s title together with its author’s name, address, daytime telephone number and a word count. The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere on or in the manuscript itself, as all submissions will be judged anonymously, strictly on literary merit. Submissions will not be returned, so authors should maintain file copies of their work.

Address For Submissions

Advocate Short Fiction Competition
c/o D. Michael Bain, Editor
The Advocate
#1918 - 1030 West Georgia, Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V6E 2Y3


The judges of the competition are David Roberts, Q.C., Anne Giardini, Q.C., and Peter Roberts. The decision of the judges as to the literary merit of the contributions shall be final.


First Prize:

$400 gift certificate at a local book store and publication in the Advocate.

Second Prize:

$250 gift certificate at a local book store and possible publication in the Advocate.

Third Prize:

$100 gift certificate at Zefferelli’s Spaghetti Joint and possible publication in the Advocate.

Winning entries will be selected by, at the latest, February 27, 2015. Contest judges may award fewer than three prizes, if, in their judgment, they consider it appropriate.

All submissions, including winning entries, will also be considered for possible publication by the Vancouver Bar Association or an independent publisher in a selection of "legal fictions" to be released at a later date.


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