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Resources for Victoria writers
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Canadian Authors Association (CAA) is acutely aware that many writers have been financially, physically, emotionally, and/or psychologically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Victoria Writers

These links are aimed at writers in the Victoria (Vancouver Island) area and were originally maintained by Russ for the Canadian Authors Association Victoria & Islands Branch.

The Canadian Authors Association (CAA) is a national organization with a local presence dedicated to promoting a flourishing community of writers across Canada and to encourage works of literary and artistic merit.

Writing Groups

Local writing groups provide you with a place to improve your craft and a solution to the solitude writing requires.

BC writing groups sponsor awards, contests and workshops.

National writing organizations are better equipped to lobby for improved copyright and other writers' concerns.

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Local Readings & Events

Looking for opportunities to read or to hear other writers read in Victoria?

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This is a list of some of the local publishers on the Island (mostly Victoria) that maintain a website. The descriptions provided are subject to change.

Check the publisher's site to see what they've published to determine if your book or piece will fit in. The publisher's Writer's Guidelines page is usually a great place to start.

Local Publishers

  • Ekstasis Editions is a Canadian literary publisher, with emphasis on poetry, fiction and criticism.
  • Island Writer Magazine accepts submissions (PDF–7 KB) for the magazine from both established and emerging writers currently living on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
  • Leaf Press (Lantzville) publishes poetry chapbooks.
  • The Malahat Review is Canada's leading literary journal. Published quarterly, it features Canadian and international poetry and fiction as well as reviews of new books by Canadian writers.
  • Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine is more likely to publish stories that are less than 6000 words and fit a science fiction or fantasy theme.
  • Orca Book Publishers looks for quality books for children and young adults.
  • Sono Nis Press is a publisher of juvenile fiction for ages 9–14, regional (British Columbian) history, transportation history (railway, nautical, aviation), historical biography, pioneer autobiography, and women's studies.

Publisher Associations

Canadian Indie Book Publishers & Bookstores



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Writing Services

See the Warnings & Advisories section to help you determine legitimate resources and avoid getting scammed.

Copyright & Contracts

Editing Services

Proofread your material then ensure you hire an editor that meets your needs.

Writing Courses

Writing Conferences & Festivals

Writing Jobs

Writing Prizes

Help for Senior Writers

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Language and writing references.

Research Resources

Sources not necessarily directly related to writing, but useful to writers.






Other Resources


Warnings & Advisories

Here's the ugly truth: Vanity presses don't rely on book sales to pay the bills. Their end customer is the author who's willing to pay for services like editing and design.

Learn from others' experience about shady practices aimed at writers.

Writer Beware

Writer Beware (hosted by SFWA) is perhaps the best known of the resources about scams and pitfalls facing writers trying to get published.

Preditors and Editors

Preditors and Editors is a valuable service that has been gone for a while. A new site is coming (you can visit them on Facebook).

More About Writing Scams

Real publishing houses do not need testimonials from authors. Their customers are readers, not authors.
Anne R Alen

Authors Beware: Scams and Publishing Companies to Avoid. Learn about vanity presses and the various other scams writers may encounter.

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