Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry fee: $35 per story (includes a one-year Canadian subscription of Arc Poetry Magazine)
Deadline: February 1, 2020
Prize: Grand prize of $5,000; honourable mention prize of $500
Description: Entrants may submit up to two unpublished poems with each $35 fee (extra poems are $5 per poem.) The length of each poem must not exceed 100 lines.
Website: http://arcpoetry.ca/contests-page/#poty

 

National Capital Writing Contest

Genre: Youth and adult short story, poetry
Entry fee: $15 per short story; $5 per poem
Deadline: February 7, 2020
Prize: $300; $200; $100
Description: Description: For the 2020 contest, the branch will publish a 20/20 anthology, which will include the top 10 stories and the top 10 poems. (Authors will retain all rights.)
Details: https://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/ ; Sherrill Wark at ncwc-ncr@canadianauthors.org

 

Writers’ & Artists’ Short Story Competition

Genre: Short fiction
Entry fee: None
Deadline: February 13, 2020
Prize: Place on Arvon’s 4- or 6-day Clockhouse writing retreat
Description: Writers’ & Artists’ are hosting an exciting contest for published and aspiring writers alike called Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Competition. The only requirements for this contest is to submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2000 words.
Details: https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

 

The Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers

Genre: Fiction, nonfiction
Entry fee: $29
Deadline: February 14, 2020
Prize: First: $2,500 and entries of winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration
Description: The Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers aims to discover, encourage, and promote new writers of short prose in order to provide opportunity and exposure to developing writers.
Details: http://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose-competition

Editors Canada Karen Virag Award

Genre: Editing
Nomination Fee: None
Nomination Deadline: February 14, 2020
Prize: $400 and a commemorative plaque
Description: Nominations for the Karen Virag Award, an award dedicated to recognizing the efforts of editors, are now open. A nominee’s contributions may take on a variety of forms, including one or more of the following: Writing, Public Speaking, Teaching, participation inn broadcast or new media, and sponsoring editing-related activities and community building in Canada and abroad.
Website: http://www.editors.ca/about/awards/karen-virag-award.

 

2020 Omnidawn First/Second Book Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry fee: $27 USD
Deadline: February 18, 2020 at 12:00 am PDT
Prize: $3,000 USD
Description: This contest is open to writers worldwide who have either never published a full-length book of poetry, or who have published only one full-length book of poetry, so that the winning book would become a poet’s first or second published full-length book of poetry. Submissions are recommended to be between 40–120 pages, not including front and back matter, with most manuscripts received being between 40-70 pages long.
Website: http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm#broadside-contest

 

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

Genre: Poetry
Entry fee: No entry fee
Deadline: February 25, 2020 (midnight Pacific Time)
Prize: A grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded and two honourable mentions will each receive $2,500. Each finalist will win a mentorship opportunity and a trip to Toronto to attend the award ceremony.
Description: This annual award is given to a writer below the age of 35 who has published poetry or prose in a literary magazine, journal, or anthology but has not yet been published in book form and is without a book contract. Alternating each year between short fiction and poetry, the 2019 prize will be given for an outstanding collection of unpublished poetry.
Details: http://www.writerstrust.com/Awards/RBC-Bronwen-Wallace-Award-for-Emerging-Writers.aspx

 

Fish Flash Fiction Prize

Genre: Short stories for anthology (300-word limit)
Entry fee: €14 (€8 subsequent entries)
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Prize: Top ten stories will be published in Fish Anthology 2019. 1st: €1,000; 2nd: €300; 3rd: Online writing course with Fish. The ten published authors will each receive five copies of the anthology and will be invited to read at the launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July 2019.
Description: The Fish Flash Fiction Prize is an opportunity to attempt one of the most interesting and rewarding tasks—to create, in a tiny fragment, a completely resolved and compelling story in 300 words or less.
Details: http://www.fishpublishing.com/competition/flash-fiction-contest/#rules

 

The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry fee: $40 for up to 3 poems (includes a 1-year Canadian subscription to The New Quarterly). Additional poems are $5 each
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Prize: One $1,000 top prize will be awarded for one work of occasional verse (no word limit). An additional $1,000 will be distributed as the judges fancy
Description: This contest is for poems written in response to an existing occasion, personal or public, or poems that make an occasion of something ordinary or uncelebrated by virtue of the poet’s attention.
Details: https://tnq.ca/product/the-nick-blatchford-occasional-verse-contest/

 

Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Prize

Genre: Prose
Entry fee: $25 USD
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Prize: $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press
Details: https://redhen.org/awards-2/womens-prose-prize/

 

The Toronto Star Short Story Competition (Ontario Residents)

Genre: Fiction
Entry fee: None
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Prize: First: $5,000 and a creative writing course from the Humber School for Writers; Second: $2,000; Third: $1,000
Details: https://www.thestar.com/shortstory.html

 

NOWW Writing Contest

Genre: Fiction; short fiction; creative nonfiction; speculative fiction
Entry fee: $10 non-members; free for NOWW members
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Prize: First place is $125, Second place is $75, Third place is $50.
Description: This contest is open to all individuals, age 18 and over, from all over the world.
Details: https://www.nowwwriters.ca/22nd-annual-noww-writing-contest.html

 

The WFNB David Adams Richards Prize

Genre: Fiction and poetry
Entry fee: $35 CDN for Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) members and $40 CDN for non-members
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Prize: First: $400; Second: $200; Third: 1-year WFNB membership
Description: Open to New Brunswick residents and/or members only. You must reside in New Brunswick, or be a WFNB member if you live outside NB.
Website: http://wfnb.ca/competitions/submission-rules/

 

The WFNB Douglas Kyle Memorial Prize

Genre: short fiction
Entry fee: $20 CDN for Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) members and $25 CDN for non-members.
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Prize: First Prize $250, Second Prize $150, Third Prize 1-year WFNB membership
Description: Open to New Brunswick residents and/or members only. You must reside in New Brunswick, or be a WFNB member if you live outside NB.
Details: http://wfnb.ca/competitions/submission-rules/

 

The WFNB Alfred G. Bailey Prize

Genre: poetry
Entry fee: $20 CDN for Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) members and $25 CDN for non-members.
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Prize: First Prize $350, Second Prize $200, Third Prize 1-year WFNB membership
Description: Open to New Brunswick residents and/or members only. You must reside in New Brunswick, or be a WFNB member if you live outside NB.
Details: http://wfnb.ca/competitions/submission-rules/

 

The WFNB Dawn Watson Memorial  Prize

Genre: single poem
Entry fee: $20 CDN for Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) members and $25 CDN for non-members.
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Prize: First Prize $200, Second Prize $100, Third Prize 1-year WFNB membership
Description: Open to New Brunswick residents and/or members only. You must reside in New Brunswick, or be a WFNB member if you live outside NB.
Details: http://wfnb.ca/competitions/submission-rules/

 

The WFNB Fog Lit Books for Young People Prize

Genre: Short stories or poems written for young people (up to age 18)
Entry fee: $20 CDN for Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) members and $25 CDN for non-members.
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Prize: First Prize $200, Second Prize $100, Third Prize 1-year WFNB membership
Description: Open to New Brunswick residents and/or members only. You must reside in New Brunswick, or be a WFNB member if you live outside NB.
Website: http://wfnb.ca/competitions/submission-rules/

 

The WFNB Sheree Fitch Prize for Teen Writers

Genre: Short story or poem written by teens age 13 to 18
Entry fee: $5 CDN, which includes a one-year Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) membership for youth 13-18 years. Also gives you a free WFNB membership.
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Prize: First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize 1-year WFNB membership
Description: Open to New Brunswick residents and/or members only. You must reside in New Brunswick, or be a WFNB member if you live outside NB.
Details: http://wfnb.ca/competitions/submission-rules/

 

The WFNB – PWAC-Southwest New Brunswick Narrative Nonfiction Prize

Genre: Narrative nonfiction prose
Entry fee: $20 CDN for Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) members and $25 CDN for non-members
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Prize: First Prize $200, Second Prize $100, Third Prize 1-year WFNB membership
Description: Open to New Brunswick residents and/or members only. You must reside in New Brunswick, or be a WFNB member if you live outside NB.
Details: http://wfnb.ca/competitions/submission-rules/

 

The Mystical, Whimsical Poetry Chapbook Competition

Genre: Poetry
Entry fee: One poem for $5 or 3 poems for $10
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Prize: First Prize: $100; Second Prize: $75; Third Prize: $50; 7 Judge’s Choice Awards: $25 each; 13 Honourable Mention Awards
Description: Open to everyone, and no limit to the number of submissions.
Details:https://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Mystical%20Whimsical%20Chapbook.html

 

CBC Nonfiction Prize

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry fee: $25 (taxes included)
Deadline: February 29, 2020
Prize: The grand prize is $6,000; the winning story will be published on CBC Books and attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity. The four finalists will receive $1,000 and their stories published on CBC Books.
Details: https://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/cbc-nonfiction-prize-1.4090951

 

2020 (Emerging) Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Deadline: February 29, 2020
Prize: $1,000 and publication in 2021 under the Wheelbarrow Books imprint.
Description: The RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University, in cooperation with the MSU Press is pleased to announce the eighth biannual Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize, open to poets who have not yet published a first book.
Website: http://poetry.rcah.msu.edu/wheelbarrow-books/index.html

 

Askew’s Word on the Lake Writing Contest

Genre: Short fiction, short nonfiction, and poetry
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: February 29, 2020
Prize: In each category: 1st Place $150 and festival registration; 2nd Place $75 and festival banquet; Honourable Mention $50 and festival banquet
Description: Whether you’re an established or emerging writer, the Askew’s Word on the Lake Writing Contest has a place for you. All submission fees for the contest go toward supporting the nonprofit Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival in Salmon Arm, BC.
Details: https://shuswapassociationofwriters.ca/word-on-the-lake-writing-contest/

 

SLS Poetry & Fiction Contest

Genre: Poetry, Fiction
Entry fee: $17 USD
Deadline: Inactive contest
Prize: n/a
Description: SLS Georgia 2019 will be the last program—after 21 years and 32 successful events on 3 continents.
Details: http://sumlitsem.org/contests/