The Haida Gwaii Arts Council is a volunteer organization that encourages the development of visual and performing art, literary and other cultural activities through collaboration, coordination and supportive funding.


HGAC Writing Competition

2021 Haida Gwaii Arts Council Writing Competition

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:  Your voice, your experience, your imagination, and your deep thoughts about this very strange year living in this unique part of the world. It could be a happy story, a sad story, a terrifying story—or a mixture of everything. Did you discover something important or wonderful or disturbing about yourself? How have you (or your fictional main characters) been getting along with people in your bubble? What do you or your characters think about the way the rest of the world has been reacting? Have you or your character become an online shopaholic? A daytime drinker? A languisher? An Olympian-calibre baker?

The story could be about losing touch with friends or gaining new friends in the digital world or the outside-the-post-office lineup, about the anguish of being cooped up and how people cope and overcome it—or not!

GENRE: Anything that a person could enjoy reading on the printed page: short story, essay, memoir, poem, play, song lyric, screenplay.

ENTRY INCENTIVE: Each local entrant will receive a $10 gift certificate for a local hospitality business (from Masset to Sandspit).

Writers of the top 3 adjudicated entries and honorable mentions win the opportunity to work with a professional editor to make their work publication-ready, plus a free professional writing workshop this fall. Workshop and adjudication details to come! 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 15th, 2021 

Click here to access our criteria and detailed competition guideline.

Send us an email if you have any questions or clarifications on our regulations, adjudication, or entry procedure.



As we abide by health regulations to help keep everyone safe, our art show opening is now virtual so we can reach out to a bigger audience. For those who need or prefer to stay home, enjoy the art exhibition from the comfort of your home. For others who wish to personally view the art show, please call the Haida Gwaii Museum at 250-559-4643 or email haidagwaiimuseum@skidegate.ca to book a visit.

Kindly respect the museum’s need to restrict visits based on one household or bubble at a time. Thank you to all artists who submitted their precious artwork to this year’s show.

We are grateful to Evelyn Vanderhoop, Haida textile and watercolour artist for being our adjudicator this year.

Evelyn is an artist in the mediums of wool, cedar, and paint. She has always wanted to create what she sees and feels in the world that surrounds her. Her world of forest, beach, ocean, and mountains are the environments that enveloped her Haida ancestors.

As a young person, Evelyn’s drive for creativity produced scenes of landscapes and seascapes in oil on canvas. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University, she moved to Martha’s Vineyard island and started a family. She painted the scenes of that beautiful island in watercolors because it was a safer medium to have around her three young children.

After many years away, she returned to the Pacific northwest. That return brought a yearning to join the revival that was happening within the traditional arts of the coast. She started by painting dancers in the regalia of the cultures. As Evelyn comes from a family of weavers, her mother, inspired and summoned her into creating the ceremonial regalia using her hands to join the ancestral rhythm in the textile traditions of the Haida.

Evelyn now specializes in weaving the traditional chief’s robes of the Naaxiin. This formline designs of the Naaxiin robes flow within a matrix of horizontal and vertical fiber. Today the robes continue to drape ceremonial leaders. Evelyn is honored to produce objects and garments that illustrate the continuing story of power and culture that evolved from the past and moves people into the forces that surround us today.