James Knudsen Prize for Fiction

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $20 USD per story (includes the contest issue of Bayou Magazine)
Deadline: January 1, 2021
Prize: $1,000 and a one-year subscription to Bayou Magazine
Description: James Knudsen taught all levels of creative writing at the University of New Orleans from 1977 until his death from cancer in 2004. Submissions must be original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 7,500 words.
Details: https://bayoumagazine.org/writing-contests/fiction-contest-guidelines/


2020 SWCC Book Awards

Genre: Books for children and youth (up to age 12), Books for adults/general public
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: January 15, 2021
Prize: $1,000 prize each in both categories
Description: For over 20 years, the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC) has recognized outstanding Canadian science writing through our annual SWCC Book Awards. Authors must be a Canadian citizen or a resident of Canada. Entries may deal with aspects of basic or applied science (historical or current) in any area including health, social or environmental issues, regulatory trends, etc. Books must be understandable to the layperson or children, with appropriate clarification of medical and scientific terminology, and an orderly marshalling of facts. The subject matter should be significant and relevant to the majority of the public or children and presented in such a way that it increases public awareness about a topic. Books must have been published in Canada during the 2020 calendar year. Entries can be published in either French or English. You do not need to be a member of the SWCC to submit. Submission forms should be emailed to bookawards@sciencewriters.ca, along with a brief biography of the author(s) and/or illustrator(s). Book submission instructions will be provided for eligible entries. All books become the property of the SWCC and must be received no later than January 15, 2021. Books will be judged on literary excellence, as well as scientific content and accuracy. Specific judging criteria will include initiative, originality, clarity of interpretation, and value in promoting greater understanding of science among readers.
Details: https://sciencewriters.ca/book-awards-2020


Room’s 2020 Cover Art Contest

Genre: Images
Entry Fee: $35 for Canadian entries plus $7 for each additional entry, and $42 USD for entrants outside Canada plus $7 USD for each additional entry (includes a one-year subscription to Room)
Deadline: January 15, 2021
Prize: First prize of $500; second prize of $50; all prizes include publication on Room’s website
Description: Open to women (cisgender or transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit, and nonbinary people. One cover art contest entry includes up to three images and corresponding artist statement(s). All winners will be published with an artist statement and have the option to submit additional artwork for the issue, which, if selected for publication, will be compensated for at the usual rates.
Details: https://roommagazine.com/contest/#ART


Austrian Book Review 2021 Calibre Essay Prize

Genre: Nonfiction Essay
Entry Fee: $25 AU for non-subscribers of ABR (includes a 4-month digital subscription); $15 AU for subscribers (other options apply–see website for details)
Deadline: January 15, 2021
Prize: Winner receives $5,000 AU; runner up receives $2,500 AU
Description: Open to all essayists worldwide writing in English and seeking essays of between 2,000 and 5,000 words on any subject. Personal or political, traditional or experimental—all are welcomed. See details, including frequently asked questions, terms and conditions and online submission link on the website.
Details: https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/calibre-prize


National Magazine Awards

Genre: 29 categories, 18 of which are Writing and Visual Awards
Entry Fee: Early bird rate for Visual & Writing Awards of $105 per entry and regular rate of $125 per entry; early bird rate for Editorial & Best Magazine Awards of $125 per entry and regular rate of $150 per entry
Deadline: January 21, 2021
Prize: First prize of $1,000 in each category
Description: Call for Entries opens December 1, 2020. The 42nd annual National Magazine Awards competition is open to Canadian print and digital magazines and to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents (landed immigrants) whose work has appeared in them during the 2018 calendar year. Freelancers submitting their own work may be eligible for the Freelancer Support Fund, which allows freelancers to submit their first two entries at the discounted rate of $50 per submission or 50% of the regular rate.
Details: http://magazine-awards.com/


The ReLit Awards

Genre: Novel, Poetry, and Short Story
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: January 30, 2021
Prize: Recognition
Description: Only books written by Canadian authors while living in Canada and published by an independent Canadian press are eligible. Self-published books will not be eligible. There is no cap on the number of books that might be submitted by any one publisher. Books must have been published between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
Details: http://www.relitawards.com/


The Darling Axe Clash of the Query Letters

Genre: Query Letter
Entry Fee: $5; optional feedback for $20
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Prize: First prize of $700; second prize of $200; third prize of $100; all three finalists will be published on the Chopping Blog and receive complimentary access to a Darling Axe self-paced course
Description: A writing contest for querying authors. In the fiction world, a query letter alone is not enough to land representation. The manuscript’s first sentence, first paragraph, and first page are the crucial test. However, a query letter acts as a writer’s resume or c/v. It sets the tone, lays out the book’s market potential, and introduces the human behind the words and ideas. And of course, it also pitches the story itself. While an ideal query letter may not seal the deal, it will fill literary agents with eager excitement—a most helpful frame of mind for them to be in as they turn to your sample pages. Must be one page with a maximum of 500 words.
Details: https://darlingaxe.com/pages/query-letter-clash


The Brucedale Press Annual Acrostic Story Contest

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $5 per story
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Prize: First prize of 25% of the entry fees; second prize of 15% of the entry fees; third prize of 10% of the entry fees; authors of all published stories will receive a one-year subscription to The Leaf
Description: Because everything is different now, this contest has moved to a different stage in the Acrostic format, starting with the second letter and ending at the first of the alphabet. Craft your entry beginning with the phrase “Because I can” above, work your way through to Z, then end with A. Do pay close attention to including all 26 letters as sentence openers. Stories may not be longer than 26 sentences; either too few or too many sentences will disqualify your story. Any subject or theme is acceptable, provided there is no profanity, obscenity, ageism, racism or sexism. Contest is open to any writer. Entrants under the age of 18 must have a parent or responsible adult sign their entry form. Stories entered must be original, unpublished work created by the entrant, not previously entered in this contest.
Details: http://www.brucedalepress.ca/html/Contest.htm


Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Genre: Short Story Collection
Entry Fee: None, but all submissions must be made by publishers only
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Prize: First prize of $10,000; two finalists will each receive $1,000
Description: The award was created as a celebration of the life of Danuta Gleed, a writer whose short fiction won several awards before her death in 1996, and is administered by The Writers’ Union of Canada. The prize is awarded annually to a Canadian writer for the best first collection of published short fiction in the English language. All entries must be Canadian-authored titles published in English between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Only first collections of short fiction are eligible.
Details: http://www.writersunion.ca/danuta-gleed-literary-award


The Masters Review Winter Short Story Award for New Writers

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Prize: First prize of $3,000; second prize of $300; third prize of $200; all prizes include online publication and agency review
Description: No style or genre preferences, however, this is a publication that focuses on literary fiction. Take chances and be bold! Previously unpublished stories under 6000 words. Emerging writers only (self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit, and writers with novels published with a circulation of fewer than 5000 copies can also submit).
Details: https://mastersreview.com/calendar/


The Word Guild 2021 Fresh Ink Student Writing Awards

Genre: Short Story, Poetry, Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $10 per entry for members; $20 per entry for non-members
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Prize: https://thewordguild.com/contests/the-word-awards/awards-guidelines/
Description: This contest is designed to encourage student writers in 2 age categories: high school and college/university. Enter original works in 5 categories. Short storIes, nonfiction and poetry must be 1500 words or less, first three chapters of an unpublished novel 15 pages or less and short script (screen or stage) 45 pages or less.
Details: https://thewordguild.com/contests/fresh-ink/


Amazon Youth Short Story Competition

Genre: Short Story (Ages 13 – 17)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Prize: $5,000 and a mentorship lunch with editors of The Walrus
Description: Now in its third year, the Youth Short Story category celebrates authors between the ages of thirteen and seventeen who have written a short story under 3,000 words.
Details: https://thewalrus.ca/amazon-first-novel-award-youth/


Canadian Authors – Niagara Short Story Contest

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $15 per story with maximum of three submissions
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Prize: First prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $100
Description: One short story entry consists of a maximum of 3,000 words and, for the purposes of this contest, can be fiction, nonfiction, historical fiction or creative nonfiction.
Details: https://canauthorsniagara.org/short-story-contest/


The Page Turner Writing Award 2021

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Prize: Various author tool prizes
Description: There are five award categories, and you can enter up to five submissions across the different award categories. The Writing Award is for unpublished, completed manuscripts, the Young Writer Award is for writers aged between 18 and 25, the Writing Mentorship Award is for uncompleted manuscripts, the Screenplay Award is for scriptwriters with a completed screenplay, and the Book Award is for authors with a published book. All Awards accept fiction and non-fiction in all genres. Entrants from anywhere in the world can enter.
Details: https://pageturnerawards.com/2021-award-categories


The PRISM International 2021 Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for US entries and $45 for international entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension to Prism Magazine), plus $5 for each additional entry
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $1,500; runner-up prize of $600; second runner-up prize of $400
Description: Maximum word count of 4,000. Entries must be original, previously unpublished in print or online.
Details: https://prismmagazine.ca/2020/12/22/now-open-for-submissions-2021-jacob-zilber-prize-for-short-fiction/


The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2022

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: 2022 deadline to be announced. The 2022 prize will launch slightly later than usual, in January 2022.
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.
Details: https://www.shortstoryaward.co.uk/awards/2021/


The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic

Genre: Adult and Young Adult Novel or Novel-length Collection and Short Story
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: Inactive contest in 2021
Prize: $1,000 prize to each winner of the adult and young adult categories; $500 prize to the winner of the short story category
Description: Named after the first novel by Phyllis Gotlieb (1926–2009), one of the first celebrated writers of contemporary Canadian science fiction, The Sunburst Award is a juried award which recognizes exceptional writing in adult, young adult and short story categories. The awards are presented in the fall of each year to the best Canadian speculative fiction novel, book-length collection, or short story published any time during the previous calendar year. The work must be literature of the fantastic, which includes fabulist, fantasy, magic realist, science fiction, speculative, supernatural horror, and surrealist works. The work must be a novel, or novel-length short story collection. Short stories have their own category and are any length less than 7,500 words.
Details: http://www.sunburstaward.org/submissions