Briarpatch Magazine’s Writing in the Margins Contest

Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Poetry and Photography
Entry Fee: $25 (includes a one-year subscription to Briarpatch Magazine)
Deadline: December 1, 2020
Prize: One winner from each of three categories will be selected to win first prize of $500 and publication in May/June 2019 issue Briarpatch Magazine; one winner from each of three categories will be selected to win runner-up prizes of $150 and online publication
Description: Briarpatch is accepting submissions of original, unpublished writing and photography for their ninth annual Writing in the Margins contest. The magazine is seeking fresh writing and photography that brings to life issues of political, social, and environmental justice. (See website for details.)


BC Book Prizes

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Regional, Children’s and Illustrated Children’s Literature
Entry Fee: $30
Deadline: December 1, 2020
Prize: First prize of $2,000
Description: The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrates the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The submitted book must have a print run of at least 350 copies within its first twelve months of publication. The book must be at least 48 pages long, unless it is a children’s picture book in which case it must be at least 24 pages long. Seven prizes are presented annually at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala in the spring.


Polar Expressions Publishing 2020 Short Story Contest

Genre: Poetry (Students in Grades Kindergarten – 12)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: December 4, 2020
Prize: First prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $100
Description: Annual contests held by Polar Expressions Publishing and open to Canadian residents and citizens of all ages. Short stories must be 750 words or less.


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Genre: Critical Essay, Dramatic Script, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Novel Writing, Personal Essay & Memoir, Poetry, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Short Story (Students in Grades 7 – 12, ages 13 and up)
Entry Fee: $5 USD
Deadline: December 4, 2020
Prize: Various scholarship awards, see website for full details
Description: Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) apply in 28 categories of art and writing.


The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2021

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: December 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm GMT
Prize: First prize of £30,000; five runner-up prizes of £1,000; each shortlisted writer will receive an additional £1,000 for their story’s inclusion in Audible’s exclusive audiobook anthology of the prize 
Description: The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner. The award, for a story of 6,000 words or less, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland. The longlist will be announced in May 2021, the shortlist in June 2021, and the winner will be announced on July 8, 2021.


The Joan Betty Stuchner —Oy Vey!— Funniest Children’s Book Award

Genre: Humorous Children’s Books
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: December 14, 2020
Prize: Two prizes of $752.81 each
Description: The Joan Betty Stuchner Funniest Children’s Book Award will be presented biannually to Canadian authors or illustrators of the work of juvenile literature that had the jury most buckled over with guffaws, incapacitated with giggles, and/or rib-ticklingly, side-splittingly, thigh-slappingly entertained. The two categories consist of 1) A board or picture book, and 2) A book with lots more words than pictures. Eligible works are board books, picture books, chapter books, graphic novels and juvenile fiction and non-fiction, and must be suitable for readers up to grade 7. Entries must be books published between January 1 2019 and December 31 2020, created by Canadian authors and/or illustrators permanently residing in Canada and written in English.


The Nowhere Fall Travel Writing Prize 2021

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry or Essay
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: December 15, 2021
Prize: $1,000 and publication in Nowhere granted under First North American Serial Rights (FNASR); up to ten finalists also will be published
Description: Nowhere is looking for young, old, novice and veteran writers to send stories that possess a powerful sense of place. Stories can be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or essay, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript.


2021 Leacock Medal for Humour

Genre: Book-length Humour
Entry Fee: $200
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Prize: First prize of $15,000; two runner-up prizes of $3,000 each
Description: All entries must have been published in 2020. The major emphasis of each entry must be on humour, but literary merit and insightful comment are also important. A long list of 10 books will be released April 17, 2021, followed by a short list of three books released May 3, 2021. All three finalists must be available to attend the Gala Award Dinner in Orillia on June 5, 2021, where the winner and runners-up will be announced.


River Styx 2021 Microfiction Contest

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $15 USD (includes a copy of the issue in which the winning stories will appear) or $20 USD (includes a one-year subscription to River Styx)
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Prize: First prize of $1,000; first, second and third place winners will be published
Description: Judged by the editors of River Styx. 500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry fee. Must be previously unpublished in print or online.


Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $16 USD per story (includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard)
Deadline: December 31, 2020 at 12:00 am CT
Prize: $1,500 USD and publication in Boulevard
Description: Awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Works up to 8,000 words are accepted.


Danahy Fiction Prize

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $20 USD (includes a one-year subscription to Tampa Review)
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Prize: $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review
Description: The Danahy Fiction Prize is an annual award judged by the editors of Tampa Review, and all entries will be considered for publication. Submissions must be original, previously unpublished short fiction. Manuscripts between 500 and 5,000 words are preferred, but stories falling slightly outside this range will also be considered.


Lives that Make a Difference Essay Contest

Genre: Nonfiction Essay (Students in Grades 5 – 12)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Prize: Grand prize of $3,000 for the winning student plus $1,000 for department/classroom of the Teacher; first prize of $2,000 for the winning student plus $1,000 for department/classroom of the Teacher
Description: Students in 5th–12th grades may enter by writing an essay based on someone they think made the biggest impact on Canadian society in 2020. Prizes are awarded in two grade levels: 5th–8th grade and 9th–12th grade. Two winners will be selected in each level.