QWF Prize for Young Writers

Genre: Short Story, Nonfiction, Poetry (Ages 16 – 24)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: 2021 deadline TBD
Prize: First prize of $1000; second prize of $350; third prize of $150
Description: Established in 2017, The QWF Prize for Young Writers is awarded each year to an emerging writer who is a resident of Quebec and who is between 16 and 24 years old. The prize goes to the author of the best short story, poem, or work of nonfiction written in English and published in an official literary publication during the previous calendar year. Work can be submitted either by the author or by the journal in which the submission was published, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per publication or writer.
Details: https://www.qwf.org/youthlitprize.html


Room’s 2021 Creative Non-Fiction Contest

Genre: 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: 2021 deadline TBD
Prize: First prize of $500; 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://room.submittable.com/submit/35799/contest-entry-creative-non-fiction


Get To Know Contest

Genre: Poetry (19 years of age and under)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST
Prize: 2021 prizes to be announced
Description: Open to anyone 19 and under. Presented by the Wild Neighbours Society. Get outside, get creative, enter the contest.
Details: https://www.gettoknow.ca/enter


Boulevard Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $16 USD per group of 3 poems (includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard)
Deadline: June 1, 2021
Prize: $1,000 and publication in Boulevard
Description: This contest is open to poets who have not yet published a book of poetry with a nationally distributed press. Each submission must be a group of 3 poems, which may be a sequence or unrelated.
Details: https://boulevard.submittable.com/submit/12288/poetry-contest-for-emerging-poets


Dandelion Press Micro Fiction Contest

Genre: Micro Fiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: 2021 deadline TBD
Prize: The winner’s story will be featured on the Dandelion blog and FaceBook page, receive a bouquet of Dandelion products and be placed on the short-list of possible authors for Dandelion’s next book publication
Description: Open to all ages, to writers published and unpublished. Four times a year, Dandelion Press will post a new image with the question, “What’s the story of this painting?” You are invited to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and let those creative juices flow! Maximum word count of 1,000. Please note your age category of either Adult or Young writer (18 and under).
Details: https://dandelionpreusch.squarespace.com/current-contest


Eden Mills Writers’ Festival (EMWF) Read at The Fringe Literary Contest

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Entry Fee: $20 per entry
Deadline: June 15, 2021
Prize: One winner in each of the three categories will receive $150, an invitation to read their work as part of an online event series (date TBD) and publication in a chapbook produced by PS Guelph. Winners will also be profiled in the EMWF Newsletter, website, and on the festival’s social media channels
Description: The contest is open to aspiring writers unpublished in book format. This contest is open to residents of Ontario only. A maximum of one entry per category is permitted. Poetry entries can consist of up to five poems at maximum of five pages maximum. Fiction and nonfiction entries can consist of 2,000 words maximum.
Details: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/read-at-the-fringe/


Eden Mills Writers’ Festival (EMWF) Poetry Contest for Teens

Genre: Poetry (Students in grades 9 – 12)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 15, 2021
Prize: First prize in each of two categories of $50 gift card to the bookstore of their choice and publication on the EMWF website
Description: Categories are Junior High (Grades 9-10) and Senior High (Grades 11-12). One poem only with one page maximum. Entrants must live in Ontario. Looking for creativity and originality in the entries, with the belief that youth are skilled at seeing their world through a unique lens.
Details: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/contests/poetry-contest-for-teens/


Eden Mills Writers’ Festival (EMWF) Poetry Contest for Children

Genre: Poetry (Students in Grades 1 – 8)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 15, 2021
Prize: First prize in each of two categories of $25 gift card to the bookstore of their choice and publication on the EMWF website
Description: Categories are Primary (Grades 1-3), Junior (Grades 4-6) and Intermediate (Grades 7-8). One poem only with one page maximum. Entrants must live in Ontario. Looking for creativity and originality in the entries, with the belief that children are skilled at seeing their world through a unique lens.
Details: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/contests/poetry-contest-for-kids/


2020 International Wizard of Oz Club Annual Contest

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Art; all work must be related to the world of Oz
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 15, 2021
Prize: First prize of $100; second prize of $50
Description: The International Wizard of Oz Club’s goals are to encourage new writers and artists, and to explore a large range of Oz expression. Authors, researchers, and artists are invited to submit their work for consideration. Maximum length of 10,000 words.
Details: https://ozclub.org/2021-oz-club-contests/


The $4,000 Narrative Prize

Genre: Short Story, Novel Excerpt, Poem, One-act Play, Graphic Story, Literary Nonfiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 15, 2021
Prize: $4,000
Description: The prize is announced each September and is given to the best work published each year in Narrative by a new or emerging writer, as judged by the magazine’s editors. In some years, the prize may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.
Details: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/great-stories/narrative-prize


The Poetry London Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: £4 per poem for Poetry London subscribers and £8 per poem for non-subscribers (limited number of free entries available for low-income writers)
Deadline: June 26, 2021
Prize: First prize of £5,000; second prize of £2,000; third prize of £1,000; all winners published in Poetry London magazine
Description: The Poetry London Prize is a major, internationally renowned award for a single outstanding poem. The prestigious prize has been won by and helped launch the careers of many acclaimed poets, including Liz Berry, Niall Campbell, Richard Scott, Eleanor Penny, and Romalyn Ante. This year’s judge is the award-winning poet Malika Booker, winner of the 2020 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, Cave Canem Fellow, and lecturer in Poetry at Manchester Writing School. The competition is open to poets anywhere in the world. Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet. Entries must not have been previously published or self-published, in print or online, or have won a prize in another competition. The maximum length is 80 lines, not including titles or blank lines.
Details: https://poetrylondon.co.uk/competition/


Grindstone Literary 2021 International Novel Prize

Genre: Open
Entry Fee: Super Early Bird rate of £16 per entry, Early Bird rate of £18 per entry and regular rate of £20 per entry; £8 for optional feedback supplement
Deadline: Super Early Bird deadline of April 1, 2021 (submission results by June 1); Early Bird deadline of July 1, 2021 (submission results by September 1); final deadline of October 1, 2021 (final announcement on December 16)
Prize: Grand prize of £1,000; runner-up prize of £500; four shortlist prizes of £50; all prize winners receive 25% CBCreative Online Course Discount and Atmos Collections Invitation
Description: Open to writers from all over the world. Previously unpublished completed manuscripts exceeding 50,000 words in total length, or works-in-progress with an expected completion length which exceeds 50,000 words, are eligible for entry. Please submit the opening 3,000 words of your manuscript to the nearest natural break, plus a synopses no longer than 300 words in length.
Details: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/novel-prize


The Ontario Poetry Society’s The Ultra Short Poetry Competition 2021 Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $10 for up to five poems and $2 for each additional poem
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prize: First prize of $100; second prize of $75; third prize of $50; fourth prize of $25; 36 Judge’s Choice Awards; all winning poems receive publication in a chapbook anthology and one free copy of the chapbook
Description: Open to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada only. Poems are to be no longer than 8 lines and no more than 8 words on a line. Spaces between the stanzas count as lines.
Details: https://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/contest_Ultra_Short_2021.html


North Street Book Prize

Genre: Self-published books in Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Memoir, Poetry, Children’s Picture Book, or Graphic Novel and Memoir
Entry Fee: $65 per book
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $5,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and three free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter ($525 value); top winner prize in each category of $1,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and one free ad in the Winning Writers newsletter $150 value); one honorable mention prize in each category of $250
Description: Length limit of 200,000 words. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. No restrictions on age or country. No restriction on year of publication. All contestants receive a free PDF download of How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally & Ethically by Carolyn Howard-Johnson and free guides from BookBaby.
Details: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/north-street-book-prize


Drue Heinz Literature Prize

Genre: Short Fiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prize: $15,000, publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and support in the nation-wide promotion of their book
Description: The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to authors who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals. Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories, two or more novellas with a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages, or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 pages.
Details: https://upittpress.org/drue-heinz-literature-prize-submission-guidelines/


The William Van Wert Memorial Fiction Award

Genre: Fiction. Short Story or Novel Excerpt
Entry Fee: $17 USD
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prize: $1,000
Description: The competition opens February 1, 2021 and is open to any previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt of 25 pages or less. All novel excerpts must include a synopsis and outline of the whole novel, and an explanation of where the submitted portion fits into the overall structure of the work. Submissions of excerpts without a synopsis and outline will be disqualified.
Details: https://hiddenriverartssubmissions.submittable.com/submit/8934/fiction-submissions-short-story-or-novel-excerpt-william-van-wert-award


Alberta Views Short Story Contest

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee:  $40 per story (includes a one-year subscription to Alberta Views)
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prize: $1,000 and publication in Alberta Views
Description: Open to all current or former residents of Alberta. Stories must be under 3,000 words and must not have been previously published.
Details: http://albertaviews.ca/short-story-contest/


Southword Summer Literary Essay Competition

Genre: Personal Essay
Entry Fee: €10
Deadline: 2021 deadline TBD
Prize: First prizes of €500 to two winning essays; both winning essays will be published in Southword 40 (Autumn 2021)
Description: A competition for original, unpublished, personal essays which border on memoir, gripping essays full of memories and feelings, between 2,500 – 5,000 words.
Details: https://southword.submittable.com/submit/161309/southword-summer-literary-essay-competition


Martyn Godfrey Young Writers Award

Genre: Short Stories (Albertan Students in Grades 4 – 9)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 19, 2021
Prize: Two grand prizes (one for best elementary short story and one for best junior high short story) of an author visit for their schools and book prizes; six book prizes to a winner from each grade
Description: There are a lot of awesome young writers and artists in Alberta who deserve a little extra recognition, and the Martyn Godfrey Award is just the thing! This is an annual, juried short story contest open to all Albertan students in grades 4 through 9. Martyn Godfrey (1949-2000) was born in England and raised in Toronto. Initially a school teacher in Ontario and Alberta, he became a full-time writer for young adult and juvenile fiction in 1985. He had more than 40 books published, and he toured with the Young Alberta Book Society for many years. One of the things he enjoyed most about his career was laughing over the creative and hilarious letters he received from kids. It was his joy in reading those letters that inspired this award in his honor. Recommended short story length is 500 – 2,500 words. Maximum short story length is 5,000 words.
Details: https://www.yabs.ab.ca/abcollection/martyn-godfrey-young-writers-award/


Brooklin Poetry Society 4th Annual Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $10 for three poems and $3 for for each subsequent poem, up to a maximum of six
Deadline: June 30, 2021 at 12:00 am
Prize: First prize of $100; second prize of $75; third prize of $50; all winners and honorable mentions will be published on the Brooklin Poetry Society website in Fall 2021
Description: Awarded by the The Ontario Poetry Society. Canadian poets are invited to submit up to six unpublished poems. This year’s theme is Renaissance. In a world on fire, what does it mean to be reborn? Despite the development of vaccines, COVID 19 continues to exert a controlling influence on our lives. Climate change runs unabated. Politics are as personal as the masks we now wear. How can we reshape our futures? Are we passive objects of rebirth or architects of renewal? Poets are free to interpret the theme as they wish .Maximum poem length of 80 lines.
Details: https://brooklinpoetrysociety.com/4th-annual-poetry-contest/


Storyhouse General Nonfiction Contest

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 30, 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: Any appropriate nonfiction topic is eligible.  Stories must be true, not semi-fictional accounts.  So-called “creative nonfiction” will not be considered. 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. There is a limit of two contest submissions. No story may be entered in more than one contest. Stories entered in any of our previous contests will not be eligible for current year contests.
Details: http://www.storyhouse.org/contest2021.html


The Montreal International Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: The next competition of the Montreal Prize will open for submissions in January 2022
Prize: $20,000 CAD to one poet for a single poem of 40 or fewer lines
Description: Run by the Department of English at McGill University in Montreal, this competition is committed to encouraging the creation of original works of poetry, to building international readership, and to exploring the world’s Englishes. A jury of internationally reputed poets and critics select a shortlist of 50 poems, from which a judge chooses one winning poem. The shortlist of 50 poems is published in The Global Poetry Anthology.
Details: https://www.montrealpoetryprize.com/2022-competition


Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $10 USD per entry
Deadline: Cancelled in 2021, contest will resume in 2022
Prize: First prize of $500 USD; runner-up prizes of $50 USD; all winning and runner-up stories will be published in the 2020 Literary Taxidermy Anthology
Description: This year’s competition includes two different contests. Each contest will be judged independently, and you may enter each as many times as you like. To participate, you must write an original story of less than 2,500 words in any genre that starts and ends with the opening and closing lines provided. The first contest draws its opening and closing lines from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; the second, from Beloved by Toni Morrison.
Details: https://literarytaxidermy.com/