2018 National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC)

31st Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC)

Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association–National Capital Region

Short Story • Poetry

$300 First Place • $200 Second Place • $100 Third Place

Open to all Canadian writers.

Deadline: 11:59 PM/23h59 EST Friday, February 2, 2018

  • Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online.

Short Story: Maximum 2,500 words, unpublished, in English.
Poetry: Maximum 60 lines including title and blank lines, unpublished, in English. No Haiku.

Name or other identifiers must not appear anywhere on the story or poem as entries will be blind judged. Judges’ decisions are final. No entries will be returned. For multiple entries, each must be accompanied by its entry fee and separate cover with name and contact information.

The six finalists in each category will be notified by email.

We hope that finalists and their friends and families will attend the Awards Night, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 7:oo p.m. in the AUDITORIUM of the MAIN BRANCH, OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY, 120 Metcalfe Street. Finalists will be invited to read their entries.

Entry Fees: Short Story: $15 per single story; Poetry: $5 per single poem.


Electronic Entries

Send entries individually to ncwc-ncr@canadianauthors.org

Subject Line: 2018 Short Story Contest, or 2018 Poetry Contest, whichever is appropriate

Include in the body of email:

  • name
  • postal address
  • email address
  • phone number(s)
  • title of entry
  • word count

Name or other identifiers must not appear anywhere on the story or poem as entries will be blind judged. Attach to the email a single short story or a single poem as a Word (.doc).

For short stories: 12 point Times Roman, double spaced, 1.25 cm/1/2” paragraph indent.
For poems, 12 point Times Roman.

Pay by e-transfer using the email address is NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

Or pay using PayPal. Choose the appropriate amount and category from the drop-down menu.

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Mailed Entries

Name or other identifiers must not appear anywhere on the story or poem as entries will be blind judged.Include a separate cover page with name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number(s), the title of your entry and the word count.

For short stories: 12 point Times Roman, double spaced, 1.25 cm/1/2” paragraph indent.
For poems, 12 point Times Roman.

Mail to:
CAA National Capital Writing Contest
163 Bell St., N., Box 57081
Ottawa ON K1R 7E1
Attention: Sherrill Wark


2017 NCWC Results

POETRY

First Place:  “Gunda” by Ruth Latta

Second Place: “Anne from Toronto” by Ruth Latta

Third Place: “Sunset (for Gwen)” by Gill Foss

Honourable Mentions:

“Too Long a Winter” by Lee Ann Smith
“Relay” by Lee Ann Smith
“A Small Grief” by Bev Chambers

SHORT STORY

First Place: “The Flower Seller of Agra” Shiela Jane

Second Place: “California Pure” Elle Wild

Third Place: “Extra Innings” Jeff Shiau

Honourable Mentions:

“Unexpected” by Barbara Wackerle Baker
“Night Swim” by Di Golding
“Distant Connections” by Julio Heleno Gomes

 

Winter Social

Saturday, December 9
2 to 5 p.m.
At the home of Arlene Smith
Food, drinks, stories, poem.
Contact: somertonsmith @ yahoo.com