Canadian Authors Association–Toronto branch is pleased to announce its inaugural flash fiction and poetry contest! The contest is open to writers across Canada and at any stage. We encourage submissions from emerging and historically underrepresented and marginalized writers. 

Flash fiction submissions will be judged by Sheung-King, Aaron Tang, and poetry submissions by Terese Mason Pierre. See more about our awesome, award-winning judges below.

Submissions open March 14 and close at 11:59 p.m. on May 9, 2022

For FLASH FICTION contest rules, click HERE

For POETRY contest rules, click HERE

Winners will be announced in June, 2022. Cash prizes for first ($200), second ($100), and third-place poem ($50) will be awarded. Winners will be contacted and provided with e-transfer payment details. The winning poems will be published on our website, which will allow the poet to have bragging rights as the inaugural winners of our contest! 

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Sheung-King, Aaron Tang is a writer and educator. 

His debut novel — You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked. — was a finalist for the 2021 Governor General’s Award, a finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, long-listed for CBC’s Canada Reads 2021 and named one of the best book debuts of 2020 by The Globe and Mail. Born in Vancouver, Sheung-King grew up in Hong Kong. His work examines “the interior lives of the transnational Asian diaspora” (Thea Lim, The Nation). He taught creative writing at the University of Guelph and is now the creative writing coach at Avenues: The World School, Shenzhen. His next novel, entitled, BATSHIT SEVEN, will be published by Penguin Random House Canada. 

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Terese Mason Pierre is writer and editor whose work has appeared in Hobart, The Puritan, Quill & Quire and Strange Horizons, among others. Her work has been nominated for the Ignyte Award, the Rhysling Award, and Best of the Net. She is the co-Editor-in-Chief of Augur Magazine, a Canadian speculative literature journal. Terese has also co-hosted poetry reading series, organized literary events, and facilitated creative writing workshops. She is the author of the chapbooks, Surface Area (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Manifest (Gap Riot Press, 2020). Terese lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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