Hoyne Brewing Company Presents their 2nd Annual Beer and Bloomsday Short Fiction Contest




Hoyne Brewing Company and partners present their 2nd annual short fiction contest in honour of James Joyce and Bloomsday. The aim is to provide new writers with a fun opportunity to expose their work, while introducing them to the world of James Joyce’s Ulysses. All proceeds from the contest and event will be donated to Literacy Victoria.

All entrants and volunteers will be invited to the James Joyce Bistro Bloomsday event on June 16th. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to read (or have their work read) after the Ulysses presentation, followed by the awards presentation. The shortlisted entries will be displayed at the event and published in our blog and newsletter. All proceeds from the contest, silent auction and $1 from every Hoyne pint sold at the event will be donated to Literacy Victoria.


1st: Festival pass and one night accommodation to the Sunshine Coast Writers Festival (Total value $500)
2nd: $200 to Russell Books
3rd: Hoyne Brewing Hoodie & $50 gift card redeemable at the James Joyce Bistro
4th: Hoyne swag pack
5th: Hoyne swag pack

Judging Panel:

Sean Hoyne – Owner, Hoyne Brewing Company

Lee Henderson – Chair, UVic Writing Dept

Susan Reece – Chair, Literacy Victoria

Shayne Avec I Grec – Poet Publisher (Oratorealish)

Devon Tatton – Greater Victoria Library

Vruti Patel – Greater Victoria Library


Partners and Sponsors:

Russell Books
James Joyce Bistro

Literacy Victoria
UVic Writing Dept.


Entry fee: a minimum $5 donation per submission to Literacy Victoria (entrants can submit multiple pieces).

For online submissions:

Step 1. Go to the Literacy Victoria website (http://www.literacyvictoria.org/) to make your donation. Record the donation confirmation number.

Step 2. Email your submission to Hoyne Brewing at events@hoynebrewing.ca as a pdf. or doc. and include the donation confirmation number in your email.

For drop off or mailed entries:

All entries must be typed and double spaced on one side of standard 8½ x 11 paper and submitted with a cheque (no cash please) made out to Literacy Victoria and a separate sheet with contact info.

Hoyne Brewing Company, 101-2740 Bridge St. Victoria, BC. V8T 5C5. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than June 4th.

Hoyne Brewing Company will match all donations.
Word limit: 200 words (entries above the word limitation will be disregarded).
Content: Narrative must take place within 24hrs and include a reference to any 1 Hoyne beer brand name. e.g. Dark Matter, Devil’s Dream, Summer Haze…

Choose one of the following quotes from Ulysses as the inspiration for your story. Please specify which quote you have used at the top of your entry.

Quote 1 If he had smiled why would he have smiled?  To reflect that each one who enters imagines himself to be the first to enter whereas he is always the last term of a preceding series even if the first term of a succeeding one, each imagining himself to be first, last, only and alone, whereas he is neither first nor last nor only nor alone in a series originating in and repeated to infinity.

Quote 2 A warm human plumpness settled down on his brain.  His brain yielded.  Perfume of embraces all him assailed.  With hungered flesh obscurely, he mutely craved to adore.

Quote 3 Gob, there’s many a true word spoken in jest.  One of those mixed middlings he is.  …It’d be an act of God to take hold of a fellow the like of that and throw him in the bloody sea.  Justifiable homicide, so it would.  Then sloping off with his five quid without putting up a pint of stuff like a man.  Give us your blessing.  Not as much as would blind your eye.

Must be 19 years or older to enter and a resident of British Columbia.  Submissions must include a title, the word count and the quote used. Include your name, age, address, phone number, email address and the title of your piece in the email or on a separate piece of paper – your name should not be on the submission. Judges will be looking for the best interpretation of the quote selected, with special prizes for most humourous and most ‘Joycean’ entries. All entries must be previously unpublished material and not currently under consideration in any other contest or competition. Entries will not be returned. 

The deadline for entries is Saturday June 4th @ Midnight

Shortlisted entries will be notified by email on Friday June 10th and the winners announced on June 16th, 2016 at James Joyce Bistro Bloomsday event. For more information, contact Val at val@hoynebrewing.ca