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  •  Unpublished work from anywhere in the world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

March meeting

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
7:00 p.m.
McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street
TOPIC: Historical Writing: Where to look for what you want, with L.D. Cross

For the writer looking for historical information, we live in a resource rich environment. Here in Ottawa we benefit from facilities supported by taxpayers across the country. Some sources are obvious, others not so. Then there is the online search – a bounty of data both factual and fictional which you need to sort out.

Research never stops. You can always learn something new about an old subject. And it is not just writers who are sleuthing out the past. Everybody is in the hunt for what happened when -- financial analysts, car buyers and even scientists. But as writers we get to weave our discoveries about the past into entertaining stories that will captivate readers into the future.

“Research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing” -- Wernher von Braun, aerospace engineer

BIO: L.D.Cross (Dyan) is an Ottawa writer of business and lifestyle articles as well as books about unique aspects of Canadian history. Her creative non-fiction articles have received awards of excellence for features and editorial writing as well as writing for seniors.

She won the inaugural Ontario Historical Society (OHS) 2010 Huguenot Society of Canada Award honouring “the best book published in Ontario in the past three years which has brought public awareness to the principles of freedom of conscience and freedom of thought” for The Underground Railroad: the long journey to freedom in Canada in the Amazing Stories series.