2020 National Capital Writing Contest

33rd Annual NCWC

Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association – National Capital Region

This competition is now closed to entries. Thank you and good luck to all those who submitted stories or poems.

Short Story or Poetry

First place: $300

Second place: $200

Third place: $100

Three honourable mentions for each category.

For our 2020 contest, we will publish a 20/20 anthology, which will include the top 10 stories and the top 10 poems. (Authors will retain all rights.)

Finalists will be announced in late spring. Awards Night will be Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Contest Rules

  • The contest is blind-judged. The creator’s name or other identifiers must not appear on the submitted content.
  • Judges’ decisions are final.
  • No entries will be returned.

Short Story

  • maximum 2,500 words, in English
  • unpublished

Poetry

  • maximum 60 lines including title and blank lines
  • in English
  • unpublished
  • no Haiku


Find the winners of the 32nd Annual National Capital Writing Contest here:

2019 National Capital Writing Contest


See our list of writing contests and calls for submission here:

Contests and Calls for Submission

Awards Night will be Tuesday, May 12, 2020. For our 2020 contest, we will publish a 20/20 anthology, which will include the top 10 stories and the top 10 poems (Authors will retain all rights.)

April Meeting

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Poetry Month Event, with Frances Boyle

BIO: Frances Boyle’s first poetry collection, Light-carved Passages was published by Buschek Books in 2014, and her second, This White Nest, by Quattro Books in 2019. Her novella, Tower, with Fish Gotta Swim Editions came out in June, 2018, and Seeking Shade, a collection of short stories from The Porcupine’s Quill will be published in April, 2020.