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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
Prize: First prize of $2,000; second prize of $500; 10 honorable mention prizes of $100 each; top 12 entries will be published online
Description: Now in its 20th 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 Submit published or unpublished work.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

 

Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest Winter 2020–2021

Genre: Poetry and Short Story
Entry Fee: $5 USD per poem and $10 USD per short story
Deadline: April 5, 2021
Poetry Prize: First prize of $250; second prize of $125; third prize of $50
Short Story Prize: First prize of $500; second prize of $250; third prize of $100
Description: This poetry contest and writing contest is open to everyone international. Poems may be written on any subject, theme, style or form, and must be 30 lines or fewer. Short stories may be written on a maximum of five pages on any subject or theme.
Details: http://www.dreamquestone.com/index.html

 

Stephen Leacock Student Humorous Short Story Competition 2021

Genre: Humor, Short Story or Essay (Ages 14 – 19)
Entry Fee: $5
Deadline: April 15, 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 honoring 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 16, 2021, to compete in the contest from April 23 – 25, 2021
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, 2021
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/

 

COSTI Child & Youth Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry (Students in grades 4 – 12)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 19, 2021
Prize: First prize of Apple IPad Tablet; second prize of Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones; third prize of Beats Pill & Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Black
Description: The contest provides students with the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts in English or in French on the theme of refugee and human rights issues, including those fleeing from violence and persecution, seeking refuge from war, pain and isolation, cultural/religious differences and co-existence, the importance of welcoming refugees, the challenges of adapting to life in a new country, and the need for being welcomed and learning to live together in our society.
Details: http://www.costi.org/sys/anno_detail.php?id=41469

 

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 19, 2021 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

 

Alberta Champions Alberta-Wide Student Contest 2021

Genre: Short Story (Grades 4 – 6); Essay or Poetry (Grades 7 – 9)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 22, 2021
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 Alberta, from grades 4-6 and grades 7-9.
Details: http://albertachampions.org/calgary-area-contest/

 

Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $10 per poem
Deadline: April 30, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $1,600; first prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $100; eight honorable mentions of $75; eight judge’s choice prizes of $50; complimentary anthology to all winners
Description: Canada’s oldest non-governmental poetry contest. Only accepting online submissions with e-transfer payment to David Brydges mybrydges@yahoo.ca.
Details: https://www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com/rules.html

 

Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry (Grades 7 – 9 and 10 – 12)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 30, 2021
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/

 

The Ontario Poetry Society’s The Love-Lies-Bleeding Anthology Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $20 for up to four poems and $5 for each additional poem
Deadline: April 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $200; second prize of $150; third prize of $100; fourth prize of $50; up to 55 honorable mention awards; all winning poems receive a certificate, publication in the anthology and one free copy of the anthology
Description: Open to everyone, and no limit to the number of submissions. Themes on poems of conscience to include anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia, ageism, discrimination, oppression, environmental destruction, and man’s inhumanity to man. Maximum length per poem is 36 lines and the stanza breaks count as lines. All poetic styles welcome.
Details: https://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Love-Lies-Bleeding%20Anthology.htm

 

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, 2021
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. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Toronto Book Awards submission period has been extended to include books published between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021.
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, 2021
Prize: First prize of $3,000 in each category; ten honorable mention prizes of $200 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

 

Storyhouse Nonfiction Animal Stories Contest

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $200 and automatic entry to the Winners Circle Contest; runner-up prize of $100; all winners receive certificates of recognition suitable for framing
Description: Stories should be factual and true accounts of an encounter or encounters by the author with a wild animal or animals. These include, but are not limited to, birds, fish, butterflies, snails, lions, bears, turtles, wombats, etc., as long as it is not a pet. Stories must be between 1,000–10,000 words in length. Language in the stories should be free of words or scenes not suitable for children. Stories can be submitted from any country, although they must be written in English. There is a limit of two contest submissions. No story may be entered in more than one contest. Stories entered in any of our previous contests will not be eligible for current year contests.
Details: http://www.storyhouse.org/contest2021.html

 

Irene Adler Scholarship Prize

Genre: Essay (see guidelines for essay topics)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 30, 2021
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 2021-22. Submit a 500-word essay in English on one of the following three topics: Which one person, place, or event best encapsulates, for you, the struggles we are all facing right now? What is the most important thing you learned about yourself in 2020? What are you doing with your writing to bring joy back into your life – or the world – in 2021?
Details: http://www.lucasaykroyd.com/scholarships

 

Vallum Chapbook Award

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: April 30, 2021
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

 

FreeFall Annual Prose & Poetry Contest

Genre: Prose, Poetry
Entry Fee: $25 (includes 1-year subscription to FreeFall magazine) and $5 for each additional entry (at time of  original entry only)
Deadline: April 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $500; second prize of $250; third prize of $75; honorable mention prize of $25
Description: All contest entries are also automatically entered into the Lynn Fraser Memorial contest for a chance to win $100. Maximum of 3,000 words prose, or 5 poems per entry. Only previously unpublished work may be entered. No simultaneous entries.
Details: http://freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html

 

Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: Inactive contest in 2021
Prize: $10,000
Description: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Edna Staebler Award program is currently on hold. The situation is being monitored and updates will be posted as they become available. Open to print books and eBooks of creative nonfiction published in the previous calendar year.
Details: https://www.wlu.ca/information-for/community-members/literary-initiatives/edna-staebler-awards/edna-staebler-award-for-creative-non-fiction/index.html

 

Eyelands International Short Story Contest

Genre: Short Story, Fiction
Entry Fee: 10€
Deadline: Inactive contest in 2021
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/

 

The Tamaqua Award for a Collection of Essays

Genre: Personal Essay Collection
Entry Fee: $22 USD
Deadline: Inactive contest in 2021
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/