2016 Writing and Multimedia Contest

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Anxiety Canada is looking for writers, poets, and multimedia artists who have something to say about anxiety. Entrants must be BC residents between the ages of 17-29. Submissions can either be works of fiction or based on real-life experiences.

We will publish and promote the winners on Anxiety Canada’s website and social media channels. Contest Awardees will each receive 1 free ticket to the MindShift Gala for presentation of award.

Winners Announced

There were 61 eligible submissions to this year’s contest. All submissions for prose and multimedia were creative and compelling. The judges selection is as follows:

Prose Winner (17-23 year old category)

Arielle Spence: Life Skills 101: Everything is Terrifying and Nothing is Okay (prose)

Prose Winner (24-29 year old category)

Stefanie Krasnow: Fear of Feeling (story)

Multimedia Winner (17-23 year old category, shared)

Karley Williams & Emily de Jardin: "Drowning" (video)

Multimedia Winner (24-29 year old category)

Sarah Jickling: When I Get Better (video)

Honourable Mentions

Chris Mah: Mental Sustainability: Redefining Success for the Anxious (essay)

Annie Lepage: Legacy (spoken word performance)

Ayzee Kirchhofer: Stronger Than Ever Before (story)

Fan Favorite

Chris Mah: Mental Sustainability: Redefining Success for the Anxious (essay)

Thanks to all who participated in the contest and to our volunteer judges.  We will be announcing the Fan Favorite on this page at the end of May.

Rules & Regulations


  • Launch Date: January 11, 2016 @ 9:00 AM PST
  • Closing Date: March 31, 2016 @ 11:59 PM PST
  • Judging: April 2016
  • Winners Announced: Late April 2016
  • Mindshift Gala Celebration: May 6, 2016 


The topic of the work must be related broadly to experiences with anxiety, including but not limited to: feeling isolated, uncertainty, facing fears, dealing with stigma, and/or the distinct experience and impact of anxiety during youth and young adulthood.


  • Entrants must live in British Columbia.
  • Entrants must be between ages 17–29 (inclusive) as of March 31, 2016.
    • Date of birth must be between April 1, 1986 and March 31, 1999.


  • Submissions must fall into one of 2 categories:
    • 1) Prose
      • Short stories
      • Essays
      • Poetry
    • 2) Multimedia (must include an Artist’s Statement)
      • Videos
      • Photographs
      • Fine Art Projects (e.g., paintings)
      • Infographics
  • Submission limits are:
    • 1,500 words for stories/essays
    • 40 lines for poems
    • 3 minutes for videos
    • 1,200 x 1,200 pixels for photographs
    • 8.5” x 11” size for infographics
    • 250 words for Artists’ Statements
  • Written entries must be submitted in one of the following formats:
    • .DOCX/.DOC
    • .TXT
  • Videos must be submitted in one of the following formats:
    • .MOV
    • .MP4
    • .AVI
    • .WMV
    • .MPEG
    • .FLV
  • Photographs/Fine Art Projects (photos of your work)/Infographics must be submitted in one of the following formats:
    • PNG
    • JPG
  • One submission per entrant allowed.
  • Submissions must be an original work by the entrant.
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • Videos that include speaking must be in English.


  • Contest is now closed


  • Category: Prose; Age Range: 17-23
    • $500 or prize of equivalent value.
  • Category: Prose; Age Range: 24-29
    • $500 or prize of equivalent value.
  • Category: Mixed Media; Age Range: 17-23
    • $500 or prize of equivalent value.
  • Category: Mixed Media; Age Range: 24-29
    • $500 or prize of equivalent value.
  • Top 4 Winners will also receive:
  • Fan Favourite (as voted by youth committee)
    • $50 or prize of equivalent value.
  • 3-5 Honourable Mentions (as determined by judges)
    • $50 each or prize of equivalent value.


  • Gail Johnson, writer for the Georgia Straight
  • Rebecca Wosk, 2013 Anxiety Canada Contest 2nd Place Winner and 2014 3rd Place Winner
  • Christine Stewart, Media Artist and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Mo Barrett, 2013 Anxiety Canada Contest 1st Place Winner


  • Submission implies the entrant’s consent to publication.
  • If a submission goes beyond the length/size limit, it is ineligible.
  • If a submission includes any identifying information, the entrant will be asked to resubmit their entry without any identifying information. If they do not resubmit by the deadline, their original submission will be ineligible.
  • Current Anxiety Canada employees, Board Members, and Contest judges are ineligible.
  • All entries are judged anonymously. Judges will not be made aware of entrants’ names, ages, or other identifying information during judging.
  • Alterations to work will not be accepted after submission.
  • Due to a large volume of submissions, we are unable to accept telephone or e-mail inquiries regarding entries.
  • Contest organizers reserve the right to change judges without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.
  • The judges’ decision is final.