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A new national literary prize in my name!

Introducing: The VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award.

For a book published in Canada in the calendar year 2021 that is a hybrid genre, or straddles two or more genres. The winner will receive $500 at a ceremony at the Vancouver Writers’ Festival in Fall 2021, presented by judge Wayde Compton with Betsy Warland, special guest of honour. Two Honourable Mentions (no cash prize) will also be awarded.

All the details can be found on the VMI site.

Wayde Compton – Inaugural judge for The VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award; Photo credit: Roger Hur

Replay of Write Your First (or Next!) Book writing summit

Did you hear about the Write Your First (or Next!) Book writing summit?

Last week, my friend Traci Skuce wrapped up a jam-packed two-week masterclass series for writers. I was one of the featured speakers. It included everything from how to get over writer’s block to organizing your writing projects. From Wild Writing to Writing from the Soul. Writing from the body. It included aligning your story. Revising it. Getting it out into the world.

On February 5th there’s a FREE 48-hour replay. For 48 hours you’ll be able to view any or all of these 24 amazing speakers. Register here:

Deadline for Short Prose Competition extended till Feb 22.

A message from the Writer’s Union of Canada:

The deadline for the Short Prose Competition has been extended! The Writers’ Union of Canada is accepting submissions until Monday, February 22, 2021.

Unpublished works of fiction and nonfiction up to 2,500 words in English are eligible, and writers may submit multiple entries. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner, and the entries of the winner and finalist will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration.

Members of The Writers’ Union of Canada who meet the eligibility criteria may enter. If you have no more than one book published (traditionally or self-published) and are not currently under contract for a second book, you may enter.

Submit now at

Not eligible? Please feel free to forward this message to eligible writers you know.

Thank you,

The Writers’ Union of Canada

More book reviews added for Lost Lagoon/lost in thought

More book reviews have recently been added to my Web site. To read these review exerpts along with links to the original, see the Books page for Lost Lagoon/lost in thought.

Here is an excerpt from Geist:

The miracle of Lost Lagoon / lost in thought: prose poems (Caitlin Press) is that although Warland does all the talking during this walk, you come away feeling like you’ve been closely listened to.

If you’re enjoying the excerpts in Oscar's Salon, buy Oscar of Between and I’ll sign the copy with a personal message.