Contests and Opportunities

Contest Calendar

The Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar, edited by Deborah Ranchuk. Available from:

White Mountain Publications

50 Silver Street, Box 620, Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0
1-800-258-5451
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email: cwcc@wmpub.ca

Canadian Adult Contests

Bottle Tree Productions One-Act Play Competition for Writers

  • Deadline: Annual (November)

CBC Literary Prizes

  • Deadlines: Annual (November, February & May)

Grain Magazine’s Annual Short Grain Writing Contest

  • Deadline: Annual (April)

London Magazine Poetry Competition

  • Deadline: May

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

  • Deadline: May

A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest

  • Entries are accepted between 1 April and 21 June each year.

Ontario Poetry Society

  • Deadlines: July

Prairie Fire Writing Contests

  • Deadline: Annual (November)

PRISM International Writing Contests

  • Deadline: Various

Red Tuque Books “Canadian Tales of…” Short Story Competition

  • Deadline: Annual (December)

Room’s Annual CNF, Poetry & Fiction, and Cover Art Contests

  • Deadlines: Various

Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence

  • Deadline: Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition

  • Deadline: Annual (February, April and November)

Word by Word Short Fiction Contest

  • Deadline: March 31, 2017

Writers Digest Short Fiction Contest

  • Deadline: Annual (varies by contest)

Canadian Youth Contests

James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award

  • Deadline: Annual (May)
  • Eligibility: Aboriginal students “up to 12 years old” and “13–18 years old.”

International Contests

Aesthetica Creative Works Competition (UK)

  • Deadline: Annual (August).

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

  • Deadline: October 1

Manchester Fiction Prize

  • Deadline: August

Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition (Ire)

  • Deadline: Annual (31 July)

The Sunday Times Short Story Prize

  • Entries open in July

International Calls for Submissions

Calls for Submissions facebook group 

  • Join more than 31,000 other writers in the closed group.

Cold Mountain Review 

  • Submissions are read between August and May each year.

Litro (UK)

  • Deadline: 1st of every month.
  • Submission Details: Litro accepts submissions of short stories, flash fiction and creative non-fiction up to a maximum of 3,000 words.

The Moth

  •  Unpublished work from anywhere in the world

Disclaimer: CAA–NCR makes every effort to inform its members and other readership of the various contests that are available, both nationally and internationally. However, CAA–NCR is not responsible for the authenticity of contest requests that are made to us for inclusion on our website. Writers BEWARE. Writers wishing to submit to these contests do so at their own risk and are encouraged to do your own research before entering or responding to contest entries to ensure suitability and eligibility.

Resources

http://blog.magazine-awards.com/2013/11/07/a-writers-guide-to-canadian-literary-magazines-journals/

http://www.freelancewriting.com/writing-contests.php

http://www.placesforwriters.com/

http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/

https://mslexia.co.uk/competitions/

http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html

CAA Fred Kerner Book Award

Ahmad Danny Ramadan
THE CLOTHESLINE SWING, Nightwood Editions
Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and an LGBTQ-refugee activist. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won Independent Publisher Book Award for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction, was named among the Best Books of 2017 by the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. It was longlisted for Canada Reads 2018 and shortlisted for the Evergreen Award 2018.

About the Award
The Fred Kerner Book Award is awarded annually to a Canadian Authors member who has the best overall book published in the previous calendar year.
Fred Kerner was a devoted and longtime CAA member. An Honorary President of the association until his passing in 2011 at 90, Fred was an author, journalist, editor, teacher, and mentor. He wrote more than twelve books and also wrote for magazines, radio and TV, and he gave unstintingly of his time to assist emerging writers.