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Budding writers are being challenged again this year with So You Think You Can Write - a contest that is also a public writing workshop for Vancouver Island's amateur wordsmiths.

Budding writers are being challenged again this year with So You Think You Can Write - a contest that is also a public writing workshop for Vancouver Island's amateur wordsmiths.

More than 200 unpublished writers sent in submissions to be selected as one of our four finalists who are given a weekly writing assignment that is publicly critiqued by three judges.

Each week, for four weeks, judges' comments and scoring on each submission will appear Sunday alongside the completed assignments. That week’s winning assignment will appear in print, the others will appear online.

People at home are encouraged to tackle each week’s assignments.

The contest, part of the Times Colonist's ongoing commitment to literacy and local writers, isn't just for the writers. Readers will get to vote online for their favourites every week.

The judges' votes will count toward picking the winner. At the end of the assignments, the writer with the highest scores from the judges will win a trip for two to the Galiano Literary Festival; the readers' choice will also be named and will win a netbook computer.

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