Hunger Mountain’s Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Genre: Fiction, Short Story
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: March 1, 2021
Prize: First prize of $1,000 and online publication; runner-up prize of $100 and online publication
Description: An annual contest for short fiction. A chance for your fiction to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges. Entry must be an original, unpublished story under 8,000 words.
Details: https://hungermtn.submittable.com/submit

 

2021 Canadian Authors Association (CAA) Fred Kerner Book Award

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Entry Fee: $30 per title
Deadline: March 1, 2021
Prize: $400 and a one-year complimentary membership ($175 value)
Description: Fred Kerner was a devoted and longtime CAA member. An Honorary President of the association until his passing in 2011 at 90, Fred was an author, journalist, editor, teacher, and mentor. Open to CAA members only. The Fred Kerner Book Award is awarded annually to a Canadian Authors member who has the best overall book published in the previous calendar year, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Details: https://canadianauthors.org/national/awards/submit-for-an-award/

 

The Ulysses Writing Contest Celebrating Disney’s Flora & Ulysses

Genre: Poetry, Short Story
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: March 12, 2021
Prize: First prize of $500 USD in each category; second prize of $250 USD in each category; 20 best entries win the Ulysses app free for one year, publication on the Ulysses blog and access to a live virtual discussion and Q&A about the movie with author Kate DiCamillo and screenwriter Brad Copeland
Description: Enter one of two categories, poetry or short story. Join Team Ulysses, the poetry category, by submitting a poem 200 words or less using the writing prompt, “Forever and wanting is stomach.” Or join Team Flora by submitting a short story not more than 1,000 words with your own superhero’s origin story and unmask their superpower. This is not a fan fiction contest – create your own world, your poem or story should not be set in the Disney universe, or feature Disney characters (including the ones from Flora & Ulysses).
Details: https://ulysses.app/contest

 

Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story Annual Literary Short Story Competition for Adults

Genre: Short Story (Ages 19 years and older)
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: March 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST
Prize: First prize of $500; two runner-up prizes of $250 each
Description: The Short Story Competition is an opportunity for writers to explore the short story, a literary art form made popular by 2013 Nobel Laureate Alice Munro. The winning entry will be the Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction, written by an author not yet published in book format. Winners will be announced at the 2021 Festival with simultaneous social and print media release.
Details: http://alicemunrofestival.ca/?page_id=1317

 

Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story Annual Literary Short Story Competition for Adults

Genre: Short Story (Ages 19 years and older)
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: March 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST
Prize: First prize of $500; two runner-up prizes of $250 each
Description: The Short Story Competition is an opportunity for writers to explore the short story, a literary art form made popular by 2013 Nobel Laureate Alice Munro. The winning entry will be the Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction, written by an author not yet published in book format. Winners will be announced at the 2021 Festival with simultaneous social and print media release.
Details: http://alicemunrofestival.ca/?page_id=1317

 

Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story Annual Literary Short Story Competition for Youth

Genre: Short Story (Up to 19 years of age on or before March 25, 2021)
Entry Fee: $10
Deadline: March 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST
Prize: First prize of $500; two runner-up prizes of $250 each
Description: The Short Story Competition is an opportunity for writers to explore the short story, a literary art form made popular by 2013 Nobel Laureate Alice Munro. The winning entry will be the Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction, written by an author not yet published in book format. Winners will be announced at the 2021 Festival with simultaneous social and print media release.
Details:http://alicemunrofestival.ca/?page_id=1317

 

2021 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Genre: Fiction, Short Story
Entry Fee: $17 per story and the option to add $10 to receive a one-year subscription to Colorado Review (normally $24)
Deadline: March 14, 2021 (a grace period of five days for both postal and online submissions is observed until March 20, 2021)
Prize: $2,000 and publication in the fall/winter 2021 issue of Colorado Review
Description: There are no theme restrictions, but stories should be at least 10 pages and under 50 pages. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit, though each story must be a separate entry.
Details: https://nelliganprize.submittable.com/submit

 

Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Entry Fee: $15 USD for The Kiss of Death Chapter of the Romance Writers of America members; $30 USD for non-members
Deadline: March 15, 2021
Prize: Engraved bookmarks and multiple forms of recognition
Description: The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense is named for Daphne du Maurier, the author of Rebecca, a suspense novel with romantic and gothic overtones and a precursor to today’s romantic suspense. The writing contest is for published and unpublished authors of mystery, suspense, and thrillers with or without romantic subplots. There are 5 romantic suspense categories and 1 mystery/thriller/suspense category.
Details: https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/rwakissofdeath-org-contest/

 

Room’s 2020 Fiction Contest

Genre: Fiction
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: March 15, 2021
Prize: First prize of $1,000; second prize of $250; honourable mention 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 submission includes one short story or essay of up to 3,500 words.
Details: https://roommagazine.com/contest/#FCT

 

Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $40 (includes a 1-year Canadian subscription or renewal to The New Quarterly)
Deadline: March 28, 2021
Prize: $1,000
Description: Edna Staebler was a pioneer in the field of literary journalism and a beloved figure in her home region of Waterloo, Ontario. Edna led by example in other ways as well, founding eponymous writers’ awards, scholarships, and bursaries to nurture writers. She helped to found The New Quarterly in 1981, and in 2005 her generous bequest allowed them to establish this award in her honour. Interested in essays in which the writer’s personal engagement with the subject provides the frame or through-line. While there is no word limit to personal essay contest entries, most essays fall within the range of 2000 – 5000 words.
Details: https://tnq.ca/edna-staebler-contest/

 

The Masters Review Anthology Prize Vol. X

Genre: Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: March 28, 2021
Prize: Ten prizes of $1,000 and national distribution in a printed book with the stories and essays exposed to top agents, editors, and authors across the country
Description: Every year The Masters Review opens submissions to produce an anthology, a collection of ten stories and essays written by the best emerging authors. 8,000 word limit.
Details: https://mastersreview.com/anthology/

 

The Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Genre: Nonfiction Manuscript
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: March 31, 2021 (early submissions encouraged)
Prize: First prize of publication contract plus a $1,500 advance on 10% royalty for all sales; second prize of publication and $1,000 advance on 10% royalties
Description: Manuscript of 30,000 to 150,000 words. Genres include history, memoir, autobiography, biography, literary journalism, political or social commentary, travel writing or any nonfiction medium.
Details: https://www.pottersfieldpress.com/creative-nonfiction-prize

 

Kids Write 4 Kids 9th Annual Writing Contest for Grades 4 – 8

Genre: Short Story (Students in grades 4 – 8)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: March 31, 2021
Prize: Winner will be published at Amazon, Apple iBookstore, Google Play, and Overdrive, have the proceeds from the book sales donated to the charity of their choice and be part of the judging panel for the following year’s contest
Description: Open to Canadian residents who are enrolled as full-time students in a public, private institutional school or home school in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 at the time of their entry. Entries must be made by either the parent or guardian of the minor author of the submission or by the author’s teacher with the permission of the author’s parent or guardian. Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Maximum word count of 6,500 words.