2020 Writing Contests: The Ultimate Guide

Pulp Literature
The Magpie Award for Poetry

Contest opens: 1 March 2020
Deadline:  15 April 2020
Winner notified: 15 May 2020
First Prize: $500
Runners up (2): $50 each
All entrants receive a 1 year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

Entry fee: $25 1st poem, $10 each subsequent poem
Early bird fee (before 15 Mar): $20 1st poem, $10 each subsequent poem
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

This contest is for previously unpublished poems of up to 100 lines in length.  Poetry that relies heavily on visual structure is eligible for prize money, but may be excluded from publication if the formatting is difficult to reproduce in print or eBook.
Total entries limited to 500.

The Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest
Contest opens:  1 January 2020
Deadline:  15 February 2020
Winner notified:  15 March 2020
Winner published in:  Issue 27, Summer 2020
Prize:  $300

Entry fee: $15
Earlybird fee (before 15 January): $10
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

This contest is for previously unpublished works of fiction up to 750 words in length.  Total entries limited to 300.

The Malahat Review
Far Horizons Award for Poetry / Short Fiction
Prize money: $1000
Entries due every May 1
Entry Fee: $25 (additional entries are $15); includes subscription
As a complement to the Novella and Long Poem prizes, 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. Only open to writers who have yet to publish in book form for the genre in question. Winning entries appear in the Autumn issue.

Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize
Prize money: $1000
Entries due every August 1
Entry Fee: $35
To nurture The Malahat Review’s newest genre, the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize was established in 2007. The winning entry appears in the Winter issue.

Prairie Fire
Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests
Although our deadline is (postmarked by) November 30, you may submit anytime.
We request that all entries be sent my snail mail.
Prizes are awarded in each of the three categories and winning entries are published in Prairie Fire:
1st prize $1,250
2nd prize $500
3rd prize $250
Entry Fee: $32

Canadian Stories
The CANADIAN STORIES literary folk magazine is pleased to offer the 12th Contest for Short Stories, Poetry, and Black & White Line Art:
True Stories  $350
Creative Non-Fiction    $350
Fiction   $350
Poetry    $200
Lest We Forget $350
Black & White Line Art $350
First Honourable Mention    $100
Second Honourable Mention $50
DEADLINE: July 1, 2020.
COST: $20

PRISM International
2020 Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction (Canadian Entry)
Deadline: January 15, 2020 
$1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up
Entry Fee: $35.00 CAD. Please submit only one piece per submission. You may submit additional stories using the Additional Entry option for $5.
Max. word count: 4,000 words

Creative Non-Fiction Contest
Open: May 2020 – July 31, 2020
Grand Prize: $1,500
Second Prize: $600 runner-up
2nd runner-up: $400
Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension)
Additional entry: $5 per piece
Max. word count: 6,000

Annual Earle Birney Prize for Poetry

An annual prize of $500 awarded by the outgoing Poetry Editor to an outstanding poetry contributor published in PRISM international.

Enter by regular submission only: no fee required.


The Grouse Grind Lit Prize for V. Short Forms

$500 Grand Prize, $150 runner-up, $50 2nd runner-up

Entry fee: $15 for all entries. Option to pay an additional fee to include a subscription (or an extension of an existing subscription) with your contest entry.

Max. word count: 300 words.

Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize

Submit 1-3 poems (100 lines maximum each) in one document.
Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension)

Additional entry: $5 per piece


The New Quarterly
Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest

Grand Prize: $1000

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Entry fee: $40 for up to 3 poems (includes a 1-year Canadian subscription or renewal to The New Quarterly). Additional poems are $5 each.
Decisions will be posted by late August 31st. Finalists will be notified ahead by email.

The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest

Grand Prize: $1000

Deadline: March 28, 2020.
Entry fee: $40 per essay (includes a 1-year Canadian subscription or renewal to The New Quarterly).
Decisions will be made by August 31. Finalists will be notified by email.

The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award

Grand Prize: $1000, One top prize including $1000 and a one-year Duotrope Gift Certificate (a USD $50 value) will be awarded for one work of short fiction (no word limit).

Deadline: May 28, 2020

Decisions will be made by August 31st. Finalists will be notified by email.


Room Magazine
Cover Art | November 15 – January 15
First Prize: $500 + publication on the cover of Room 42.2
Second Prize: $50 + publication in Room 42.2
Honourable Mention: publication on Room’s website

Fiction | Open January 8 – March 8 
First Prize: $1,000 + publication in Room
Second Prize: $250 + publication in Room
Honourable Mention: $50 publication on Room’s website

Creative Non-Fiction | Open April 1 – June 1
First Prize: $500 + publication in Room
Second Prize: $250 + publication in Room
Honourable Mention: $50 publication on Room‘s website
Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Room

Poetry | Open June 15 – August 15
First Prize: $1,000 + publication in Room
Second Prize: $250 + publication in Room
Honourable Mention: $50 publication on Room’s website
Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Room

Short Forms | September 1 – November 1
First Prize: $500 + publication (2 prizes)
Honourable Mention: $50 publication on Room’s website

CBC
CBC Nonfiction Prize
Submit your original, unpublished works of nonfiction up to 2,000 words. There is no minimum.
The competition is open for submissions from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2020.
While the competition is active, submit online by creating an account through Submittable. A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.
The winner receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, will have their story published on CBC Books and will have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.

CBC Poetry Prize
The 2020 prize will open in April 2020.
You can submit an original, unpublished poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.
The competition is open for submissions from April 1 to May 31, 2020.

The Fiddlehead
Poetry Contest
Deadline: December 2, 2019
Prize: $2000
Entry Fee: The fee for first entry is $30. Additional entries after that first contest entry (to either contest category) are $10.

The Writers Union of Canada
DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD
Each year, a $10,000 prize is awarded to a Canadian writer for the best first collection of published short fiction in the English language. Two finalists are also awarded $500 each.
The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2020.

FreeFall
ANNUAL PROSE & POETRY CONTEST
Contest opens Dec 1, 2019
Contest Entries December 1st 2019 to April 30th 2020
Over $1700.00 in Prizes
1st Prize (Poetry and Fiction) $500
2nd Prize (Poetry and Fiction) $250.
3rd Prize (Poetry and Fiction) $75.00
Honourable Mention (Poetry and Fiction) $25.00

Spark
QT2S / BIPOC (Queer / Trans, 2 Spirit and/or Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) Monthly Literary Prize dedicated to underrepresented writers in Canada.
Genres: Poetry/Prose/Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction
There are no themes. There is no minimum or maximum word count. There is no submission fee. Only non-published work (print or online).
One submission per month, & you are eligible to win the top prize once every twelve months. You are eligible for a maximum of two prizes every twelve months.
Awards:
$1000 for the top prize.
$300 for the second prize.
$150 for the third prize.
All winning pieces will be published online at http://shootforthemoon.art

Canadian Authors Niagara Branch
​The Banister Poetry Contest
Deadline: May 31, 2020.
Eligibility: Residents of Ontario
Entry fee: $15 for up to 3 poems and $4 for each additional poem
Prize: $100-$300

League of Canadian Poets
Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth
DEADLINE IS APRIL 2020
Eligibility: Canadian citizens and permanent residents in grades 7-12
Entry fee: None
Prize: $400

Did we miss one? Send us a note or grab us on Twitter @MagAwards. We’ll update this post throughout the spring and summer as more contests are announced.