The BookLife Prize in Nonfiction

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $99 USD
Deadline: February 1, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $5,000 USD and an author profile in Publishers Weekly; one finalist from each respective submission category will receive $1,000 worth of BookBaby’s Facebook + Instagram for Authors service, a promotional “blurb”  from one of the guest judge’s for the Prize, and a mention in Publishers Weekly; all entrants receive a Critic’s Report (a brief critical assessment of their novel written by a Publishers Weekly reviewer)
Description: Unpublished or self-published novels in the English language. The BookLife Prize seeks to support independent authors and discover great written works in four nonfiction categories – Memoir/Autobiography, Self-Help, Inspirational/Spiritual, and Business/Personal Finance. Submissions must contain 40,000 to 100,000 words.
Details: https://booklife.com/about-us/the-booklife-prize.html

 

Accenti Magazine Writing Contest

Genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction
Entry Fee: $30 per entry (non-refundable)
Deadline: February 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT
Prize: First prize of $1,000 CDN and publication in Accenti; three runner-up prizes of $100 CDN each and publication in Accenti
Description: The contest is open to prose works. Entries must be original, previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other publication with a maximum length of 2,000 words
Details: https://accenti.ca/writing-contest/rules/

 

Accenti Magazine Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $15 per entry (non-refundable)
Deadline: February 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT
Prize: First prize of $1,000 CDN and publication in Accenti; three runner-up prizes of $100 CDN each and publication in Accenti
Description: This contest is open to all poets, established and emerging (including students), worldwide. Multiple entries welcome. The topic is open. Entries must be works of poetry, including formal verse (i.e., sonnet, haiku, villanelle), free verse, prose poetry, rhymed, non-rhymed, blank verse, etc. Entries must be previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other publication, must not be a translation of a previously published work, can be an English translation of the author’s unpublished original work in another language, and must not exceed the maximum of 40 lines in length.
Details: https://accenti.ca/poetry-contest/rules/

 

River of Words International Art and Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry (Ages 5 – 19)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: February 1, 2021
Prize: Publication in the River of Words anthology, published every other year, free copies of the physical anthology and a prize package that often comes with books, art supplies and a medal
Description: All poems must be original work. Poems should not exceed 32 lines in length (written) or 3 minutes (signed).
Details: https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/center-for-environmental-literacy/rules-and-guidelines

 

2020 (Emerging) Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Deadline: February 1, 2021
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.
Details: http://poetry.rcah.msu.edu/wheelbarrow-books/index.html

 

Writers’ & Artists’ Short Story Competition 2021

Genre: Short Fiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: February 13, 2021
Prize: A chance of winning a place on one of Arvon’s residential writing courses and publication on www.writersandartists.co.uk
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 2,000 words.
Details: https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

 

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 15, 2021
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.
Details: http://arcpoetry.ca/contests-page/#poty

 

2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Genre: Published Books
Entry Fee: Early Bird Special Entry Fee of $75 for the entry of one title in two categories
Deadline: February 19, 2021
Prize: Best Fiction Book prize of $1,500; second Best Fiction Book prize of $750; third Best Fiction Book prize of $500; Best Nonfiction Book prize of $1,500; second Best Nonfiction Book prize of $750; third Best Nonfiction Book prize of $500; $100 Cash Prize and a Gold Medal awarded to the winner of each of the 70 categories; Finalist Medals will be awarded to up to five finalists in each of the 70 categories
Description: The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group, the largest International awards program open to indie authors and independent publishers worldwide. Open to independent publishers and authors worldwide who have a book written in English released in and with a copyright date in 2019, 2020 or 2021. Over 70 categories to choose from.

 

Habitat for Humanity’s Meaning of Home National Writing Contest

Genre: Essay or Poetry (Students only in Grade 4, 5 and 6)
Entry Fee: $10
Deadline: February 19, 2021
Prize: Three grand prizes of one $30,000 grant each; nine runner-up prizes of one $10,000 grant each (grants are towards a local Habitat build project)
Description: Write a composition, essay, or poem about what home means to you. When you enter $10 will be donated by Genworth Canada to your local Habitat for Humanity. Each grade will have a grand prize winner and three runners-up.
Details: https://meaningofhome.ca/students/

 

Editors Canada Karen Virag Award

Genre: Editing
Nomination Fee: None
Nomination Deadline: February 19, 2021
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.
Details: http://www.editors.ca/about/awards/karen-virag-award

 

First Pages Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $20 USD per entry; $35 USD per entry during extended entry period
Deadline: February 21, 2021
Prize: First prize of $2,000 USD; second prize of $1,250 USD; third prize of $750 USD; fourth and fifth prizes of $500 USD each
Description: The First Pages Prize is an annual prize awarded to three emerging writers. The competition is for writers who are NOT currently represented by a literary agent, whether for previously published or unpublished work. Writers from anywhere in the world may enter, if eligible. Entrants must be currently unagented. If you are working with an agent, you are NOT eligible to enter. Please submit the first 1,250 words (maximum) of a fiction or creative non-fiction manuscript (such as a novella, novel, memoir, etc.)
Details: https://www.firstpagesprize.com/guidelines-and-termsconditions

 

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

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $29 per entry
Deadline: February 22, 2021
Prize: First prize of $2,500; winning and finalist entries 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. Original, unpublished fiction or nonfiction up to 2,500 words in the English language. Writers who have had no more than one book published (traditionally or self-published) in any genre and who are not currently under contract for a second book. Writers not published in book format are also eligible. Writers must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
Details: http://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose-competition

 

The Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award

Genre: Indexing
Entry Fee: None
Nomination Deadline: February 22, 2021
Prize: Framed certificate accompanied by a letter
Description: The ISC/SCI Ewart-Daveluy Award, inaugurated in 2015, is presented each year to an individual who has created an index that demonstrates outstanding expertise through a combination of skills, such as the ability to analyze complex text, design an index that significantly enhances reader use of the text, overcome challenges in creative and useful ways and demonstrate insight in addressing the needs of the audience. The hope is that the award will showcase and promote best practices in indexing and that the established criteria will provide food for thought and guidance to those who strive for excellence in their work.
Details: https://indexers.ca/isc-awards/ewart-daveluy-indexing-award/

 

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

Genre: Poetry, Short Fiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: February 22, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $10,000; two honourable mention prizes of $2,500 each; 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

 

2020 Omnidawn First/Second Poetry Book Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $27 USD
Deadline: February 28, 2021 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.
Details: http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm#broadside-contest

 

The Nowhere Emerging Travel Writers’ Prize 2021

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry or Essay
Entry Fee: $15 USD
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Prize: $500 USD 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.
Details: https://nowheremag.com/contests/

 

Gotham Writers Invent a Word Contest 2021

Genre: Invented Word
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Prize: A free Gotham class of your choosing and the winning entry posted at GothamWriters.com
Description: We invite you to invent a word. Not just any word. A word you think will greatly enhance the English language. So, here’s the deal. Give us the word, a one-sentence definition, and use the word in a sentence. Submit an invented word, along with a definition and sentence. Entry must consist of no more than 70 words. Longer entries will be disregarded. Only online entries will be accepted. Entry is free. Limit one entry per person. Entry must be original and unpublished. Entries will be judged on originality, quality, spelling, and grammar.
Details: https://www.writingclasses.com/contest/invent-a-word-contest-2021

 

Fish Flash Fiction Prize

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: €14 (€8 subsequent entries)
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Prize: First prize of €1,000; second prize of €300; third prize of online writing course with Fish; 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 2020 and be published in Fish Anthology 2020.
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, 2021
Prize: One $1,000 top prize will be awarded for one work of occasional verse; 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/

 

CBC Nonfiction Prize

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $25 (taxes included)
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $6,000, the winning story will be published on CBC Books and a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity; four finalists will receive $1,000 each and their stories published on CBC Books
Description: Submit your original, unpublished works of nonfiction up to 2,000 words. There is no minimum. Open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. You can submit memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing and feature articles.
Details: https://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/cbc-nonfiction-prize-1.4090951

 

Askew’s Word on the Lake Writing Contest

Genre: Short Fiction, Short Nonfiction, Poetry
Entry Fee: $15
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Prize: First prize in each category of $150 and festival registration; second prize in each category of $75 and festival banquet; honourable mention in each category of $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/

 

Storyhouse Winners Circle Contest

Genre: Nonfiction (previous Storyhouse contest winners only)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: February 28, 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: First prize winners of previous Storyhouse contests, while ineligible for prizes in regular contests, can compete in this one. There is a limit of four contest submissions. Stories must be between 1000–10,000 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.
Details: http://www.storyhouse.org/contest2021.html

 

The Toronto Star Short Story Competition

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: February 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET
Prize: First prize of $5,000 and a creative writing course from the Humber School for Writers; second prize of $2,000; third prize of $1,000
Description: Open to Ontario residents. The 42nd competition, one of the biggest of its kind in North America, is co-sponsored by the Humber School for Writers and the Toronto Public Library.
Details: https://www.thestar.com/shortstory.html

 

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW) 23rd Annual International Writing Contest

Genre: Fiction, Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, Speculative Fiction
Entry Fee: $10 non-members and free for NOWW members
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Prize: First prize of $125; second prize of $75; third prize of $50
Description: This contest is open to all individuals, age 18 and over, from all over the world. One entry consists of a minimum of 3 poems and a maximum of 5 poems. Poems may be in any style or theme. Combined line count of the total entry must be between 50-100 lines.
Details: https://www.nowwwriters.ca/23rd-writing-contest.html

 

The WFNB David Adams Richards Prize

Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Entry Fee: $35 CDN for Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) members and $40 CDN for non-members
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Prize: First prize of $400; second prize of $200; third prize of a one-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 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, 2021
Prize: First prize of $250; second prize of $150; third prize of a one-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, 2021
Prize: First prize of $350; second prize of $200; third prize of a one-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: Poetry
Entry Fee: $20 CDN for Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) members and $25 CDN for non-members
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Prize: First prize of $200; second prize of $100; third prize of a one-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 Story or Poetry 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, 2021
Prize: First prize of $200; second prize of $100; third prize of a one-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 Sheree Fitch Prize for Teen Writers

Genre: Short Story or Poetry written by teens age 13 to 18
Entry Fee: $5 CDN (includes a one-year Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) membership for youth 13-18 years and a free WFNB membership)
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Prize: First prize of $100; second prize of $50; third prize of a one-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, 2021
Prize: First prize of $200; second prize of $100; third prize of a one-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 Ontario Poetry Society’s Spring Peepers Poetry Competition

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $5 for one poem and additional poems $1 each
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Prize: First prize of $100; second prize of $75; third prize of $50; 17 honorable mention awards; all winning poems receive a certificate, publication in a chapbook and one free chapbook
Description: Open to everyone, and no limit to the number of submissions. Poems must include at least one of the following themes: spring, robins, other birds, frogs or any other hibernal animals waking up, poems about farmers and farming, spring planting, increase in human mobility and interactions, returns to fair weather employment (seasonal work), spring romance gained and/or lost or longed for, spring fever. Maximum length per poem is 36 lines and the stanza breaks count as lines. All poetic styles welcome.
Details: https://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Spring_Peepers_Poetry_Competition.htm

 

Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Prize

Genre: Prose
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Deadline: February 28, 2022 (beginning in 2021, the Women’s Prose Prize will be held biennially in even-numbered years)
Prize: $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press
Description: Established in 2018, the Women’s Prose Prize is for previously unpublished, original work of prose. Novels, short story collections, memoirs, essay collections, and all other forms of prose writing are eligible for consideration. The awarded manuscript is selected through an annual competition which is open to all writers who identify as women. 45,000 word minimum, 80,000 word maximum.
Details: https://redhen.org/awards-2/womens-prose-prize/