Hoyne Brewing Company Presents Its 3rd Annual Beer and Bloomsday Short Fiction Contest: Now Closed For Submissions





Hoyne Brewing Company and partners present their 3rd annual short fiction contest in honour of James Joyce and Bloomsday.  The aim is to provide new writers with an 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 Victoria Literacy Connection.

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 a special edition chap book.

All proceeds from the contest, chap book, silent auction and $1 from every Hoyne pint sold at the event will be donated to Literacy Victoria.  Shortlisted entries will be notified by email on June 2nd and the winners announced on June 16th, 2017 at James Joyce Bistro Bloomsday event.  For more information, contact our event coordinator at events@hoynebrewing.ca

Word limit: 500 words (entries above the word limit will be disregarded).

Content: Entries must be inspired by one of the provided James Joyce quotes and include a reference to any 1 Hoyne beer brand name. e.g. Dark Matter, Devil’s Dream, Summer Haze…


Winning entries will be published in a special edition Bloomsday Chap Book.

1st Place) Sunshine Coast Writers Festival – Valued at $700 dollars.

  • 1 pass to the Sunshine Coast Writers Festival for Friday and Saturday.
  • Gift certificate to Gumboot cafe.
  • $400 towards accommodation.

2rd Place) Vancouver Writers Festival – Valued at $450 dollars.

  • 1 day pass to the Vancouver writer’s festival
  • 1 night accommodation at the Listel Hotel
  • Gift certificate to dinner for 2 at Timbre

3nd Place) Russell Books Gift Certificate – Valued at $300 dollars.

  • $200 Gift certificate to Russell Books
  • Brewery tour from Hoyne Brewing for 8 people.
  • Hoyne Brewing gift pack

 Student Prize)

  • Choice of $300 cash or $500 towards tuition.
  • 1 hour workshop with a creative writing tutor.

 Please Note: Participants must be 19 and above to enter.


Choose one of the following quotes from Ulysses as the inspiration for your story.  Please specify which quote you have used.  You do not have to include the quote within your piece.

Quote 1 

[Buck Mulligan] flung up his hands and tramped down the stone stairs, singing out of
tune with a Cockney accent:


Warm sunshine merrying over the sea. The nickel shavingbowl shone,
forgotten, on the parapet. Why should I bring it down? Or leave it there
all day, forgotten friendship?

Quote 2

– -History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. 
From the playfield the boys raised a shout. A whirring whistle: goal. 
What if that nightmare gave you a back kick? 
– -The ways of the Creator are not our ways, Mr Deasy said. All human 
history moves towards one great goal, the manifestation of God. 
Stephen jerked his thumb towards the window, saying: 
– -That is God. 
Hooray! Ay! Whrrwhee! 
– -What? Mr Deasy asked. 
– -A shout in the street, Stephen answered, shrugging his shoulders. 

Quote 3

His shadow lay over the rocks as he bent, ending. Why not endless till 
the farthest star? Darkly they are there behind this light, darkness 
shining in the brightness, delta of Cassiopeia, worlds. Me sits there with 
his augur’s rod of ash, in borrowed sandals, by day beside a livid sea, 
unbeheld, in violet night walking beneath a reign of uncouth stars. 
I throw this ended shadow from me, manshape ineluctable, call it back. 
Endless, would it be mine, form of my form? Who watches me here? Who ever 
anywhere will read these written words? Signs on a white field. Somewhere 
to someone in your flutiest voice. The good bishop of Cloyne took the veil                                        of the temple out of his shovel hat: veil of space with coloured emblems 
hatched on its field. Hold hard. Coloured on a flat: yes, that’s right. 
Flat I see, then think distance, near, far, flat I see, east, back. Ah, 
see now! Falls back suddenly, frozen in stereoscope. Click does the trick. 
You find my words dark. Darkness is in our souls do you not think? 

The deadline for entries is May 22nd at Midnight.


Entry Fee

A minimum $10 donation per submission to Victoria Literacy Connection (entrants can submit multiple pieces).

For online submissions

Step 1. Go to the Victoria Literacy Connection website, https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/18743 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.

Please Note: This is a blind contest, do not submit your name directly on your piece.

All entries must include the following in the body of the e mail.

  • Donation confirmation number from Literacy Victoria Connection.
  • The quote that inspired the piece.
  • Word Count of the piece.
  • First name, last name, age (must be 19yrs or older to enter) and address.
  • Where you heard about the 3rd Annual Bloomdsay Fiction Contest.

Please Note: The quote does not count towards the word count of the piece.

All applicants will receive a confirmation email once their submission has been received.

For drop off or mailed entries:

All entries must be typed and double spaced, one side of standard 8½ x 11 paper and submitted with a cheque (no cash please) made out to Victoria Literacy Connection 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 May 22nd.

 Judging Panel:

Sean Hoyne – Owner, Hoyne Brewing Company
Matt Huculak – Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Victoria Libraries
John Threlfall -Communications Officer, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria 
Adrien Sala – Professional Writer
David Leach– Chair, Dept. Of Writing, University of Victoria

Partners and Sponsors:

Russell Books
James Joyce Bistro
Victoria Literacy Connection
UVic English Department
UVic Libraries

Shortlisted entries will be notified by email on Friday June 2nd and the winners announced on June 16th, 2017 at James Joyce Bistro Bloomsday event. For more information, contact events@hoynebrewing.ca