Grain Magazine’s 29th Annual Short Grain Writing Contest

Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Entry Fee: $40 for a maximum of 2 entries (includes one-year subscription to Grain Magazine)
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Prize: First prize of $1,000 in each category; second prize of $750 in each category; third prize of $500 in each category; all winning entries will be published in Grain Magazine
Description: Poetry entries to consist of one or two poems no longer than 100 lines each. Fiction entries to consist of one or two stories no longer than 2,500 words each.
Details: http://www.grainmagazine.ca/short-grain-contest/

 

Royal City Literary Arts Society (RCLAS) 2020 Write On! Contest

Genre: Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry
Entry Fee: $10 per submission for members and $20 per submission for non-members
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Prize: First prize of $150; second prize of $100; third prize of $75; winners and honourable mentions will be published in RCLAS e-zine, Wordplay at Work
Description: Nonfiction maximum word count of 1,500 words. Fiction maximum word count of 1,500 words. Poetry maximum of one-page single spaced maximum. A maximum of three submissions total combined in any of the categories per person.
Details: https://rclas.com/awards-contests/write-on-contest/ 

 

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Prize: First prize of $1,000; second prize of $250; 10 honorable mention prizes of $100 each; top 12 entries will be published online
Description: Now in its 19th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. Submit published or unpublished work.
Details: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

 

Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Prize: $10,000
Description: Open to print books and eBooks of creative nonfiction published in the previous calendar year.
Details: https://www.wlu.ca/news/news-releases/2020/feb/call-for-entries-2020-edna-staebler-award-for-creative-non-fiction.html

 

Eyelands 10th International Short Story Contest

Genre: Short Story, Fiction
Entry Fee: 10€
Deadline: April 10, 2020
Prize: First prize of a five-day stay on the island of Serifos; first three winners’ stories published in both an English and a Greek anthology
Description: The theme of the contest this year is Numbers. Entries must be short stories written in English, of any genre, maximum length of 2,500 words and must be previously unpublished in a book, printed magazine or web-based journal.
Details: https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/

 

Stephen Leacock Student Humorous Short Story Competition 2021

Genre: Humor, Short Story or Essay (Ages 14 – 19)
Entry Fee: $5
Deadline: April 14, 2021
Prize: First prize of $1,000; second prize of $700; third prize of $300; all three winners receive two tickets each for the ‘Laugh With Leacock’ night on June 4, 2021
Description: After being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, Stephen Leacock Associates have reinstated the students’ humour competition in 2021 for humorous stories or humorous personal memoirs for youths between 14 and 19 years. They may be students in public, separate, private or home school situations in Ontario. Because the competition was cancelled in 2020 Stephen Leacock Associates are honouring entries from students who missed out, even if they have gone on to post-secondary education. Entry will be an original humorous story or humorous personal essay in English. Maximum length of 1,500 words.
Details: https://leacock.ca/studentaward.php

 

Contemporary Verse 2 Two-Day Poem Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $26 for registration plus a one-year subscription to Contemporary Verse 2 magazine or $16 for registration only
Deadline: Register by April 17, 2020, to compete in the contest from April 24 – 26, 2020
Prize: First prize of $500; second prize of $300; third prize of $150; Editor’s Choice, Editor’s Mom’s Choice and People’s Choice prizes of one-year subscription to and publication in Contemporary Verse 2 magazine; top 3 winners also receive one-year subscription to and publication in Contemporary Verse 2
Description: This annual contest challenges you to write an original poem in 48 hours — with only one catch. The final poem must include ten words that they provide.
Details: http://www.contemporaryverse2.ca/en/contests/2-day-poem-contest

 

The Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents

Genre: Fiction (no poetry or plays)
Entry Fee: $15 for the first story, $20 for two stories and additional entries at $10 each
Deadline: April 17, 2020
Prize: $1,000, one year of mentorship and publication in Dreamers
Description: Awarded annually since 2010, this Fellowship is intended to incentivize writers to produce new works of quality fiction at the very busiest point in their parenting journey. Entrants must be the parent of at least one child under 10 years of age, but there are no style or genre limitations on the works of fiction submitted for consideration. Entrants can be at any level of their literary careers.
Details: http://www.penparentis.org/fellowships/guidelines/

 

2020 Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $10 USD for the first poem and $5 USD for each additional poem
Deadline: April 20, 2020 at 12:00 am PDT
Prize: $1,000 USD, letterpress publication of the broadside by Omnidawn, 50 free copies of the broadside, and publication of the winning poem in the Omniverse online journal
Description: Omnidawn’s poetry broadsides, like other fine art poetry broadsides, are done with an old fashioned letter press, which uses an inked raised surface directly applied to sheets of paper. Letterpress printing was the type of printing originally invented by Gutenberg about 1450. The letters created by this method are slightly raised on the paper by the impression made with the raised type. Such poetry broadsides are highly prized and collected within the poetry community. It is recommended that poems be between 8 and 24 lines in length, with blank lines used as stanza breaks each counting as a line. The title line and the blank line following are not counted in this 8 to 24 line recommendation. Poems that are outside this recommended size are still completely eligible, but may require special formatting and/or smaller type to fit well on the finished broadside.
Details: http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm#broadside-contest

 

Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry (Grades 7 – 9 and 10 – 12)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 20, 2020
Prize: First prize of $400; second prize of $350; third prize of $300
Description: The  Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth was established to foster a lifelong relationship between Canadian youth and the literary arts, specifically poetry. The prize is supported through a generous donation from the Stursberg family and other donors in honour of Jessamy Stursberg. The prize accepts submissions from young poets all across Canada, with three prizes awarded in both the Junior (grades 7 to 9) and Senior (grades 10 to 12) categories.
Details: http://poets.ca/awards/stursberg/

 

Alberta Champions Student Contest 2020

Genre: Essay and Short Story (Grades 4 – 9)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 23, 2020
Prize: Grades 7-9 Essay Contest wins first prize of $500 VISA gift card; second prize of $350 VISA gift card; third prize of $200 VISA gift card
Grades 4-6 Story Contest wins first prize of $300 VISA gift card; second prize of $200 VISA gift card; third prize of $100 VISA gift card
All winners receive a certificate of recognition of achievement
Description: Students grades 4-9 write about great Albertans, catch the inspiration, start to emulate the champions, begin their community involvement, learn good citizenship, and can win great prizes. The contest is open to students from all schools in Southern Alberta, from Grades 4-6 and Grades 7-9.
Details: http://albertachampions.org/calgary-area-contest/

 

Grindstone 2020 International Short Story Prize

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: £8 per story
Deadline: April 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm GMT
Prize: Grand prize of £500; runner-up prize of £200; four shortlist prizes of £50
Description: Open to writers from all over the world. Short stories of any genre up to 3,000 words in length are eligible for entry. Stories of all genres are accepted, however, please do not submit work aimed at MG audiences or younger.
Details: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions

 

Whistler Independent Book Awards

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $100 per entry
Deadline: April 30, 2021 (Entries for the 2021 WIBAs opens March 1, 2021)
Prize: Various non-monetary prizes, see website for details
Description: Jointly administered by the Whistler Writing Society, Canadian Authors, and Vivalogue Publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards (WIBAs) provide independent authors with a unique opportunity to have their work recognized through a juried process typically reserved for trade-published titles.
Details: https://independentbookawards.ca/

 

City of Toronto Book Awards

Genre: All Genres
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prize: Grand prize of $10,000; five finalist awards of $1,000
Description: Submission must contain some clear Toronto content (this may be reflected in the themes, settings, subjects, etc.), but authors do not necessarily have to reside in Toronto. There are no separate categories: novels, short story collections, books of poetry, books on history, politics and social issues, biographies, books about sports, children’s and young adult books, graphic novels, and photographic collections are judged together.
Details: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/awards/toronto-book-awards/book-awards-submission-information-eligibility/

 

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Genre: Fiction, Essay
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prize: First prize of $2,000 in each category; ten honourable mention prizes of $100 each; top 12 entries will be published online
Description: For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Submit published or unpublished work.
Details: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest

 

Irene Adler Scholarship Prize

ATTENTION: The 2020 Irene Adler Prize competition has been suspended due to the coronavirus situation. The full $1,000 prize will be donated to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for its pandemic response. Entrants have been notified personally and will have the option of re-submitting their essays for the next competition. The Irene Adler Prize will return in 2021.
Genre: Essay (see guidelines for essay topics)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: Contest suspended for 2020
Prize: $1,000 USD scholarship to pursue a career in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the U.S. or Canada
Description: The competition is open to women commencing or continuing to pursue a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the United States or Canada in 2020-21.
Details: http://www.lucasaykroyd.com/scholarships

 

Vallum Chapbook Award

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prize: First prize of $300 and publication in the Vallum Chapbook Series
Description: The editors at Vallum are committed to enriching and continuing the tradition of poetry in the present day. They welcome submissions that deepen their understanding of what poetry is and can be. They encourage Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, differently abled writers, LGBTQ writers, writers with mental or physical illnesses, and writers who are otherwise affected by structural inequality to submit their work for consideration.
Details: http://www.vallummag.com/chapbookrules.html

 

Craft Short Fiction Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $20 per story
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prize: First prize of $2,000 and a subscription to Journal of the Month; two runner-up prizes of $500 and $300, respectively
Description: Three stories will be selected by the judge, Elizabeth McCracken, from a shortlist and published in CRAFT, accompanied by an introduction from Shepard and a craft essay from each author.
Details: https://www.craftliterary.com/craft-short-fiction-prize/

 

FreeFall Annual Prose & Poetry Contest

Genre: Prose, Poetry
Entry Fee: $25 (includes 1-year subscription to FreeFall magazine)
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prize: First prize of $500; second prize of $250; third prize of $75; honourable mention prize of $25
Description: More details to be released when contest opens December 1, 2019. All contest entries are also automatically entered into the Lynn Fraser Memorial contest for a chance to win $100.
Details: http://freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html

 

Bristol Short Story Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: £9 (approx $16 CAD) per story
Deadline: April 30, 2020 at midnight BST
Prize: First prize of £1000; second prize of £500; third prize of £250; 17 remaining shortlisted writers will receive £100 each
Description: This is an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK- and non UK-based writers. An annual anthology of the winning stories is also published (see website for details)
Details: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk/

 

2020 Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $27 USD
Deadline: April 30, 2020 at 12:00 am PDT
Prize: $3,000 USD, 100 copies of the winning book, publication of the winning book by Omnidawn, and extensive display advertising and publicity, including large display ads that will appear in Poets & Writers Magazine, American Poets Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books, etc.
Description: This contest is open to all writers worldwide with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. Submissions are recommended to be between 40–120 pages, not including front and back matter, with most manuscripts received being between 40-80 pages long.
Details: http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm#broadside-contest

 

The Tamaqua Award for a Collection of Essays

Genre: Personal Essay Collection
Entry Fee: $22 USD
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prize: $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press
Description: The Tamaqua Award for a collection of essays is looking for a collection that mines deep in its search for the truth of the human experience, essays that go beyond safe boundaries to discover deep realities. This competition is open to international submissions for all writers in English.
Details: https://hiddenriverarts.wordpress.com/awards-deadlines-and-guidelines/the-tamaqua-award-for-a-collection-of-essays/