Contests and Opportunities

Contest Calendar

The Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar, edited by Deborah Ranchuk. Available from:

White Mountain Publications

50 Silver Street, Box 620, Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0
1-800-258-5451
705-679-5555
email: cwcc@wmpub.ca

Canadian Adult Contests

Bottle Tree Productions One-Act Play Competition for Writers

  • Deadline: Annual (November)

CBC Literary Prizes

  • Deadlines: Annual (November, February & May)

Grain Magazine’s Annual Short Grain Writing Contest

  • Deadline: Annual (April)

London Magazine Poetry Competition

  • Deadline: May

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

  • Deadline: May

A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest

  • Entries are accepted between 1 April and 21 June each year.

Ontario Poetry Society

  • Deadlines: July

Prairie Fire Writing Contests

  • Deadline: Annual (November)

PRISM International Writing Contests

  • Deadline: Various

Red Tuque Books “Canadian Tales of…” Short Story Competition

  • Deadline: Annual (December)

Room’s Annual CNF, Poetry & Fiction, and Cover Art Contests

  • Deadlines: Various

Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence

  • Deadline: Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition

  • Deadline: Annual (February, April and November)

Word by Word Short Fiction Contest

  • Deadline: March 31, 2017

Writers Digest Short Fiction Contest

  • Deadline: Annual (varies by contest)

Canadian Youth Contests

James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award

  • Deadline: Annual (May)
  • Eligibility: Aboriginal students “up to 12 years old” and “13–18 years old.”

International Contests

Aesthetica Creative Works Competition (UK)

  • Deadline: Annual (August).

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

  • Deadline: October 1

Manchester Fiction Prize

  • Deadline: August

Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition (Ire)

  • Deadline: Annual (31 July)

The Sunday Times Short Story Prize

  • Entries open in July

International Calls for Submissions

Calls for Submissions facebook group 

  • Join more than 31,000 other writers in the closed group.

Cold Mountain Review 

  • Submissions are read between August and May each year.

Litro (UK)

  • Deadline: 1st of every month.
  • Submission Details: Litro accepts submissions of short stories, flash fiction and creative non-fiction up to a maximum of 3,000 words.

The Moth

  •  Unpublished work from anywhere in the world

Disclaimer: CAA–NCR makes every effort to inform its members and other readership of the various contests that are available, both nationally and internationally. However, CAA–NCR is not responsible for the authenticity of contest requests that are made to us for inclusion on our website. Writers BEWARE. Writers wishing to submit to these contests do so at their own risk and are encouraged to do your own research before entering or responding to contest entries to ensure suitability and eligibility.

Resources

http://blog.magazine-awards.com/2013/11/07/a-writers-guide-to-canadian-literary-magazines-journals/

http://www.freelancewriting.com/writing-contests.php

http://www.placesforwriters.com/

http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/

https://mslexia.co.uk/competitions/

http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html

NCWC Results

Announced Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7:00 p.m.
In the auditorium of the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library

Short Story
First Place: Ingrid Betz, for Leaving is Just a Suitcase Away
Second Place: Adrienne Stevenson for Rules of the Road
Third Place: Sonia Tilson for Wild Strawberry Jam

Honourable mentions:

Anne-Marie Beattie for The Reservoir Man
Adam Heenan for The Tent Man
Anna Rumin for Gently into the Night
Jeff Shiau for Coffee or Tea

Poetry
First Place: Joan McKay for “A Memory of Light”
Second Place: Marianne Jones for “Child of the 50’s”
Third Place: Gill Foss for “Beyond HRV”

Honourable mentions:

Gill Foss for “A Change of Pace”
Gill Foss for “Ode to Invisible
Ian Prattis for “The Seasons”