The PRISM International 2021 Grouse Grind Lit Prize for V. Short Forms

Genre: Short Forms
Entry Fee: $15 per entry and $5 for each additional entry
Deadline: May 1, 2021
Prize: 
Grand prize of $500; runner-up prize of $150; second runner-up prize of $50
Description:
300 words maximum (including title) per entry. There are no other form limitations for this contest. Flash fiction and nonfiction, hybrid forms and experimental work are all welcome.
Details:
https://prismmagazine.ca/2021/03/20/2021-grouse-grind-lit-prize-for-v-short-forms/

 

The Malahat Review Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $25 CAD for each first entry from Canada and $15 CAD for each additional entry
Deadline: May 1, 2021 at 11:59 PDT
Prize: $1,000; every contest entrant is automatically entered to win a book package prize
Description: The Malahat Review invites emerging short-story writers to enter the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. Eligible authors have yet to publish their fiction in book form (a book is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). Publication in literary magazines is acceptable. The contest is open to Canadian and international writers anywhere in the world. All entries are judged anonymously, and the winning story will be published in the magazine’s fall 2021 issue. The story must not exceed 3,500 words. There are no restrictions on subject matter or aesthetic approach. The Far Horizons Awards are short-form contests, with the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction given during odd years and the Far Horizons Award for Poetry in even years.
Details: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/far_horizons_fiction/info.html

 

december Magazine’s Curt Johnson Prose Award

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $20 USD (includes the awards issue of december magazine)
Deadline: May 1, 2021
Prize: First prize of $1,500 and publication in the Fall/Winter 2021 issue; honorable mention prize of $500 and publication in the Fall/Winter 2021 issue; all finalists will be listed in the awards issue of december magazine
Description: Maximum of 8,000 words for fiction and non-fiction. Name and address on cover letter only.
Details: https://decembermag.org/2021-curt-johnson-prose-awards/

 

The Royal Canadian Legion Seniors’ Literary Competition

Genre: Short Story, Essay, Poetry, Memoir
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: May 1, 2021
Prize: One winner will be presented with an award in-person in June (Seniors Month) or once Branches are allowed to re-open
Description: The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 270 in Coldwater is hosting the 3rd annual literary competition for seniors 55 years of age and older regardless of whether they are a Legion member or not. Contestants must be a resident of Ontario, and their work (essays, poems, short story, memoirs) must be original and not have been previously published. All entries must be emailed to branch270seniorsliterary@gmail.com.
Details: https://www.orangevilletoday.ca/2021/03/22/51631/
For entry forms, contestants should contact Seniors Literary Chair Betty-Jean Murray by email at branch270seniorsliterary@gmail.com

 

Grindstone Literary 2021 Short Story Award

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: Early Bird rate of £10 per entry and regular rate of £12 per entry; £8 for optional feedback supplement
Deadline: Early Bird deadline of May 1, 2021; final deadline of August 1, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of £500; runner-up prize of £200; four shortlist prizes £50; top twenty entries will be curated into Grindstone’s yearly anthology and published in print
Description: Open to writers from all over the world. Entries should be no longer than 3000 words, and no shorter than 1000 words. Entries may fall under any genre.
Details: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/short-story-prize

 

Craft Short Fiction Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $20 per story
Deadline: May 2, 2021
Prize: First prize of $2,000 and a subscription to Journal of the Month; two runner-up prizes of $500 and $300, respectively
Description: Three stories will be selected by the judge, Elizabeth McCracken, from a shortlist and published in CRAFT, accompanied by an introduction from Shepard and a craft essay from each author.
Details: https://www.craftliterary.com/craft-short-fiction-prize/

 

Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $25 AUD standard fee or $15 AUD Australian Book Review for subscribers and students
Deadline: May 3, 2021
Prize: First prize of $6,000 AUD; second prize of $4,000 AUD; third prize of $2,500 AUD
Description: Entry is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English. Seeking original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words.
Details: https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/elizabeth-jolley-story-prize/current-jolley

 

Bristol Short Story Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: £9 (approx. $16 CAD) per story
Deadline: May 5, 2021 at midnight BST
Prize: First prize of £1000; second prize of £500; third prize of £250; 17 remaining shortlisted writers will receive £100 each
Description: This is an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK- and non UK-based writers. An annual anthology of the winning stories is also published.
Details: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk/

 

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

Genre: Multiple Categories (see full list on website)
Entry Fee: Early-Bird fee for poetry category is $20 USD for first entry plus $15 USD for each additional entry and early-bird fee for manuscript category is $30 USD for first entry plus $25 USD for each additional entry
Deadline: Early-Bird deadline is May 7, 2021 and regular deadline is June 7, 2021
Prize: Grand prize of $5,000 USD, an interview in Writer’s Digest and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot; first prize of $1,000 USD and $100 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop in each category; second prize of $500 USD and $100 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop in each category; third prize of $250 USD and $100 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop in each category; fourth prize of $100 USD and $50 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop in each category; fifth prize of $50 USD and $50 USD off the Writer’s Digest Shop in each category; sixth through tenth prize of $25 USD each in each category
Description: Writer’s Digest’s annual writing competition aims to shine a spotlight on up and coming writers. Competition categories are Inspirational/Spiritual, Memoirs/Personal Essay, Print or Online Article, Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.), Mainstream/Literary Short Story, Rhyming Poetry, Non-rhyming Poetry, Script (Stage Play/Television/Movie Script/Short Film) and Children’s/Young Adult Fiction.
Details: http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competition

 

Second Story Press Indigenous Writing Contest

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: May 14, 2021
Prize: Publishing contract with Second Story Press
Description: Canadian writers who identify as Indigenous are invited to submit their original, previously unpublished manuscripts. The winner of the contest will be announced on July 15, 2021 and will be offered a publishing contract from Second Story Press. Your submission must be written for young readers—ranging in age from primary to teenagers (ages 5 to 18). The jury will be particularly looking for stories with an urban setting. Second Story Press is looking for stories that rhyme or stories with anthropomorphized animals, fiction or nonfiction. You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident—18 years or older—living in Canada. Unfortunately, due to contest regulations, residents of Quebec are excluded.
Details: https://secondstorypress.ca/indigenous-contest

 

The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Genre: Literary Fiction
Entry Fee: $17 USD
Deadline: May 15, 2021
Prize: First prize of $2,000 USD; second prize of $500 USD; third prize of $250 USD; two Editor’s Choice prizes of $125 USD each
Description: The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest opens each year on April 1 and is open to writers from all over the world. Winning stories will be read by three literary agents. Winners announced August 1 and published in fall issue online and in print. Honorable mentions and semi-finalists will be listed online for up to 6 months. All work submitted will also be considered for non-contest publication. One short story per entry with no limit to number of entries. Story must be previously unpublished (including online). No genre fiction (romance, horror, sci-fi), literary fiction only. 10,000 maximum word count.
Details: https://www.carvezine.com/raymond-carver-contest/

 

The Lush Triumphant – subTerrain’s Annual Literary Awards

Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $30 per entry plus $5 for every additional entry in any category
Deadline: May 15, 2021
Prize: First prize of $1,000 in each of the 3 genre categories and publication in the Winter 2021 issue; runner-up prizes of publication in the spring issue of the following year
Description: subTerrain is hosting their 19th Annual Lush Triumphant Literary Awards, aiming to spotlight works in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction. All entries must be previously unpublished material and not under consideration in any other contest or competition. Fiction submissions have a maximum of 3,000 words with no specific theme limitations, poetry submissions must be a suite of 5 related poems with a maximum of 15 pages, and creative nonfiction submissions must be based on fact, adorned with fiction, and have a maximum of 4,000 words.
Details: http://subterrain.ca/about/103/lush-2014-awards-open+for+entries

 

The Betty Award Spring Contest

Genre: Short Story (Ages 8 – 12)
Entry Fee: $15 USD
Deadline: May 15, 2021
Prize: First prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $100
Description: Winning entries will be published on the Betty Awards website. Maximum story length is 1,000 words. Entries must be the original unpublished work of the child entering the contest.
Details: http://www.thebettyaward.com/

 

The Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: $40 (includes one-year subscription to The New Quarterly)
Deadline: May 28, 2021
Prize: $1,000; all entries will be considered for publication in The New Quarterly ($250 paid upon publication).
Description: This contest honors distinguished St. Jerome’s University lecturer, Peter Hinchcliffe, who was instrumental in founding The New Quarterly and who served for many years as co-editor. While there is no word limit to short fiction entries, most fall within the range of 2,000 – 5,000 words.
Details: https://tnq.ca/peter-hinchcliffe-award/

 

CANSCAIP’s Writing for Children Competition 2021

Genre: Picture Book, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult
Entry Fee: Non-members pay $40 for one entry, $70 for two entries, or $90 for three entries; CANSCAIP Friends pay $30 for one entry, $50 for two entries, or $75 for three entries
Deadline: May 31, 2021
Prize: First prize of $500 in each of the four categories; two finalists in each of the four categories; CANSCAIP sends the winners and finalists to Annick Press, Kids Can Press, and Scholastic Canada for their publication consideration
Description: CANSCAIP’s annual Writing for Children Competition is now open for entries by unpublished writers. A unique benefit of entering the Competition is that all entries receive written evaluations. Many writers enter every year, with previously submitted entries or with new stories. The maximum length for an entry is 1,500 words.
Details: https://www.canscaip.org/event-4172772

 

Vancouver Writers Fest 2021 Youth Writing Contest

Genre: Short Story (B.C. Students in grades 8 – 12)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: May 31, 2021
Prize: First prize of $200; second prize of $100
Description: The Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual youth writing contest is open to all students enrolled in grades 8-12 in British Columbia. Contestants can submit either fiction or non-fiction short stories. Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished short stories and personal essays with a 1,500 word limit.
Details: https://writersfest.bc.ca/programs/education/writing-contests/

 

The 2022 KOBZAR Book Award

Genre: Literary Non-fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Young Readers’ Literature, Play, Screenplay, Musical
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: May 31, 2021
Prize: $25,000 ($20,000 is awarded to the author and $5,000 to the publisher of the winning title)
Description: Presented biennially, the KOBZAR Book Award recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian literary arts by authors who write on a topic with a tangible connection to the Ukrainian Canadian experience. The Award fills a very important “niche” in the Canadian and North American book and literary awards scene. It impacts the lives of authors by giving them recognition, and providing resources to enable them to continue their work. It also creates a place for the Ukrainian Canadian experience and its stories. In a world where we are bombarded with information, sound bites, and uncurated content, the KOBZAR™ Book Award carves out an avenue to have a record of the stories and history of Ukrainian culture in Canada.
Details: https://www.kobzarbookaward.com/

 

Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: $30 USD per entry
Deadline: May 31, 2021
Prize: $1,000, and publication by the University of Georgia Press under a standard book contract (winner has ten days to accept the award and ten days to sign the contract once it’s received)
Description: The award recognizes outstanding collections of short fiction. Collections may include long stories or novellas (est. length of a novella is 50-150 pages). However, novels or single novellas will not be considered.
Details: https://georgiapress.submittable.com/submit/135077/flannery-oconnor-award-for-short-fiction-2019-competition

 

The Banister 36th Annual Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem
Deadline: May 31, 2021
Prize: First prize of $300; second prize of $200; third prize of $100
Description: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology.
Details: http://www.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/

 

James Bartleman Indigenous Youth Creative Writing Awards

Genre: Creative Fiction and Nonfiction (Ages 12 – 18)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: May 31, 2021
Prize: Up to six prizes of $2,500 each
Description: This award recognizes up to six Indigenous students for their creative writing talent. The three geographic categories are fly-in community, on reserve and off reserve (do not live in a fly-in community or on a reserve). A junior student (12 years old and younger) and a senior student (13 to 18 years old) is chosen from each geographic category. You must submit a creative writing piece that is completely original (a short story, poem, essay, play or song), self-identify as an Indigenous person, attend a school in Ontario and be a resident of Ontario. The awards are presented at a ceremony at Queen’s Park.
Details: https://www.ontario.ca/page/honours-and-awards-arts-and-literature

 

CBC Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $25 per entry
Deadline: 2021 deadline TBD (the 2021 prize will open in April)
Prize: Grand prize of $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and publication on CBC Books; four finalist prizes of $1,000 and publication on CBC Books
Description: Entries can be a single poem or a collection of poems up to 600 words. Entries must be unpublished.
Details: http://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/cbc-poetry-prize-1.4090929