Tenth Edition

August 13 to 15, 2021
Delta Calgary South, Calgary, Alberta
August 13 to 15, 2021
There are
250 days
The Tenth Annual Edition of When Words Collide

Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest

Open to all attendees of When Words Collide 2021

You are invited to submit your original, unpublished written works of fiction in any genre to the 2021 Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, In Places Between. There is no entry fee, but entrants must be passholders for the When Words Collide Festival.

Full details are available at

Contest Rules and Requirements

Please email all submissions to

Stories are judged on a combination of factors, including professional presentation, originality, ingenuity, entertainment factor, character, plot, spelling, grammar, and other authorial skills.

Prizes ($CDN)

$125.00 – First Place

$100.00 – Second place

$75.00 – Third place

$25.00 – Honorable mentions (7)

The top ten stories will be printed in the annual In Places Between book. A copy of this publication will be provided to each of the top ten authors.


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When Words Collide is a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, children's books, and poetry. Would you like to know more?

250 days until the next price increase

2021 Registration is 80.8% full

No banquet tickets for sale.

The current adult passholder rate is $45 CAD. . You can register on our web page, use our registration form or, in Calgary, stop in at The Sentry Box at 1835 - 10th Avenue SW to purchase your pass.

If we are sold out in advance, passes will not be available at the door.

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