Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: March 1, 2020
Prize: The winning entry will receive $1,000 USD, performed and recorded live at the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space, earn free admission to a 10-week course with Gotham Writers Workshop, and will be published on
Description: The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally.


Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Genre: Fiction
Entry fee: $17 per story; there is no limit on the number of entries you may submit, though each story must be a separate entry. If you’d like to add $10 and receive a one-year subscription to Colorado Review (normally $24), please enter the category “2020 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction with Subscription to Colorado Review.”
Deadline: March 14, 2020
Prize: $2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2020 issue of Colorado Review.
Description: There are no theme restrictions, but stories should be at least 10 pages and under 50 pages.


Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 1, 2019 [no updated deadline provided at this time]
Prize: One first place winner receives $1,000 and online publication. One runner-up receives $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!


Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Book Award 2020

Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
Entry Fee: $30 per title
Deadline: March 1, 2020
Prize: $400 and a one-year complimentary membership ($175 value)
Description: Open to CAA members only
Contact: or 705-955-0716


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 22, 2020
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.


Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry fee: $40
Deadline: March 28, 2020
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.


COSTI Child & Youth Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry (by students in grades 4 to 12 only)
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Deadline: March 29, 2020
Prize: First Prize: Apple IPad Tablet, Second: Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, Third: Beats Pill & Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Black.
Description: The contest provides students with the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts in English or in French on the theme of refugee and human rights issues, including those fleeing from violence and persecution, seeking refuge from war, pain and isolation, cultural/religious differences and co-existence, the importance of welcoming refugees, the challenges of adapting to life in a new country, and the need for being welcomed and learning to live together in our society.


The Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Genre: Manuscript of 30,000 to 150,000 words: history, memoir, autobiography, biography, literary journalism, political or social commentary, travel writing or any nonfiction medium
Entry Fee: $25 (includes HST; payable by Interact transfer or by cheque)
Deadline: March 31, 2020 (early submissions encouraged)
Prize: First: contract for publication along with a $1,500 advance on 10% royalty for all sales; Second: publication and $1,000 advance on 10% royalties
Description: Pottersfield Press is again seeking submissions in any of the above categories. Submit manuscripts electronically as a double-spaced basic Word document to and include name, address, and email address on the title page. E-transfers should be made to the same email address; cheques should be made out o Pottersfield Press and mailed to 248 Leslie Rd, East Lawrencetown, NS B2Z 1T4
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The Masters Review Anthology Prize Vol. IX

Genre: Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction (8,000-word limit)
Entry Fee: $20 reading fee
Deadline: March 31, 2020
Prize: $5,000 and the ten winners are nationally distributed in a printed book with their stories and essays exposed to top agents, editors, and authors across the country.