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  •  Unpublished work from anywhere in the world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

May – NCWC Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
30th Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC) Awards Night
Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The Auditorium of Ottawa Public Library's Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe Street

In addition to the presentation of the awards, finalists will be invited to read their entries. The winning entries will be published in Byline, and all finalists’ entries will be published in a 2017 Anthology celebrating the NCWC’s 30th Anniversary. We look forward to the friends and families of the finalists, and anyone wishing to support local authors, to attend and enjoy an evening of wonderful writing.