The Foster Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $26 for first entry and $16 for each subsequent entries (includes a one-year subscription to CV2)
Deadline: Early Bird deadline of October 15, 2021; final deadline of November 1, 2021
Prize: $1,000 and publication in CV2; three honourable mention cash prizes
Description: Formerly known as the Young Buck Poetry Prize. Participating writers must not yet have published a full-length book of poetry. Open to Canadian and International poets. Your entry may consist of 1-3 poems, and is not to exceed 80 lines total.
Details: http://www.https://contemporaryverse2.ca/foster-poetry-prize/.ca/en/contests/young-buck-poetry-prize

 

The Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence

Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: November 5, 2021
Prize: In each of the two categories, fiction and poetry – first prize of $1,000 USD; second prize of $200 USD
Description: Renamed from The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence, The Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence serves to honor the memory of Austin Clarke (1934-2016). For short story contest submissions, please include a word count. No works over 7,500 words or under 1,000 will be accepted or read. Each submission to the poetry contest can include up to 4 poems, or up to 4 pages (whichever comes first). Multiple entries in either genre are welcome.
Details: https://puritan-magazine.submittable.com/submit

 

2021 Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC) Book Awards

Genre: Book Length Science Writing
Entry Fee: $25 per title
Deadline: November 12, 2021
Prize: First prize of $1,000 in each of two categories; proze of $500 to the winner of the Paradigm Prize
Description: For over 20 years, the SWCC has recognized outstanding contributions to science writing with the SWCC Book Awards. The 2021 SWCC competition is now accepting entries in two categories, books for a general audience and books for children and youth. Beginning this year, SWCC will also offer the new Paradigm Prize for Underrepresented Perspectives in Science Writing. Authors must be Canadian citizens or a resident of Canada. Entries can be written in French or English. You do not need to be a member of the SWCC to submit. The results of the competition will be announced in the summer of 2022.
Details: https://sciencewriters.ca/page-1716630

 

Room’s 2021 Short Forms Contest

Genre: Poetry, Flash Fiction, Flash Nonfiction
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: November 15, 2021
Prize: Two first prizes of $500; 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. Each entry can consist of one or two prose poems, flash fictions, or flash creative nonfiction works of up to 500 words.
Details: http://roommagazine.com/contests#Short

 

Polar Expressions Publishing 2021 National Student Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry (Students in Grades Kindergarten – 12)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: November 26, 2021
Prize: First prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $100
Description: Annual contests held by Polar Expressions Publishing and open to Canadian residents and citizens of all ages. Poems must be 48 lines or less.
Details: http://www.polarexpressions.ca/StudentContests.html

 

Prairie Fire Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $32 for up to three poems per entry (includes a one-year subscription to Prairie Fire)
Deadline: November 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $1,250, a one-week residency in the Leighton Artists‘ Studios at Banff Centre and a replica of poet Bliss Carman’s silver and turquoise ring; second prize of $500; third prize of $250
Description: Up to 3 poems per entry, with a total maximum of 150 lines per entry. Winning entries are published in Prairie Fire.
Details: https://www.prairiefire.ca/contests/

 

Prairie Fire Short Fiction Contest

Genre: Short Fiction
Entry Fee: $32 per story (includes a one-year subscription to Prairie Fire)
Deadline: November 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $1,250, a one-week residency in the Leighton Artists‘ Studios at Banff Centre and a replica of poet Bliss Carman’s silver and turquoise ring; second prize of $500; third prize of $250
Description: Maximum of 10,000 words. Winning entries are published in Prairie Fire.
Details: https://www.prairiefire.ca/contests/

 

Prairie Fire Creative Nonfiction Contest

Genre: Essay
Entry Fee: $32 per essay (includes a one-year subscription to Prairie Fire)
Deadline: November 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $1,250, a one-week residency in the Leighton Artists‘ Studios at Banff Centre and a replica of poet Bliss Carman’s silver and turquoise ring; second prize of $500; third prize of $250
Description: Maximum of 5,000 words. Winning entries are published in Prairie Fire.
Details: https://www.prairiefire.ca/contests/

 

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: €7 per poem or €30 for a batch of five
Deadline: November 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of €2,000, a one-week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and hotel accommodation and board at the Cork International Poetry Festival in March, 2021; second prize of €500; third prize of €250; ten runner-up prizes of €50; all winners receive publication in Southword
Description: The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or fewer. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world.
Details: http://munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html

 

ScreenCraft Cinematic Book 2021 Competition

Genre: Book Manuscripts with cinematic adaptation potential and a Graphic Novel category
Entry Fee: $49.50 USD for early deadline, $69.50 for regular deadline, and $79.50 for final deadline
Deadline: Early deadline is September 30, 2021; regular deadline is October 31, 2021; final deadline is November 30, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $1,000 USD, entry to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program, personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary managers, complimentary badge for the 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit, and a lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro; second prize of $500 USD, entry to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program, 50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit, and a lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro; the top quarterfinalists will receive special mention on the announcement website
Description: This unique literary competition seeks book manuscripts with cinematic adaptation potential. Books must be a minimum of 10,000 words and a maximum of 150,000 words. The jury is looking for books (published or not published) especially suited for adaptation to film or TV. This year’s jury specializes in evaluating books for Hollywood.
Details: https://screencraft.org/book/

 

ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story 2021 Competition

Genre: Short Stories with cinematic adaptation potential
Entry Fee: $49.50 USD for early deadline, $69.50 for regular deadline, and $79.50 for final deadline
Deadline: Early deadline is September 30, 2021; regular deadline is October 31, 2021; final deadline is November 30, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $1,000 USD, entry to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program, personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary managers, complimentary badge for the 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit, and a lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro; second prize of $500 USD, entry to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program, 50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit, and a lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro; the top quarterfinalists will receive special mention on the announcement website
Description: This unique literary competition seeks short stories (not scripts) with cinematic adaptation potential. All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible, although any writer who has earned more than $50,000 USD from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. Short stories or novellas longer than 20,000 words will not be eligible.
Details: https://screencraft.org/shortstory/

 

The Masters Review Novel Excerpt Contest

Genre: Novel Excerpts
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Deadline: November 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $3,000 and an hour-long consultation with Halley Parry, an agent at Drift(less) Literary; second prize of $300 and 1 page of feedback from a literary agent; third prize of $200 and 1 page of feedback from a literary agent; all prizes include online publication
Description: Masters Review is hosting its first Novel Excerpt Contest! The contest is looking for excerpts that show off a sense of style, with a clear grasp on craft: narrative, character, and plot. Choose wisely! Your excerpt can come from any point in your completed or in-progress novels, but a synopsis should not be required for understanding the excerpt. Excerpts must be from previously unpublished novels; if your novel has been self-published, it is ineligible for this contest. As always, there are no limitations on genre, though primary interest is in literary fiction. Dan Chaon will serve as the inaugural judge and select the finalists from a shortlist provided by The Masters Review’s editorial team.
Details: https://themastersreview.submittable.com/submit/205260/2021-novel-excerpt-contest-judged-by-dan-chaon-3000-prize

 

Canadian Authors Association National Capital Writing Contest

Genre: Short Story, Poetry
Entry Fee: $15 per short story; $5 per poem
Deadline: Inactive contest in 2021
Prize: First prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $100
Description: Open to all Canadian citizens or landed immigrants living in Canada. 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