A Guide to Writing Contests

The Vallum Award for Poetry
Deadline: July 15
Entry Fee: $25 (includes a 1-year subscription to Vallum Magazine)
1st Place Prize: $750 and publication in Vallum
2nd Place Prize: $250 and publication in Vallum

PRISM International Creative Non-Fiction Contest
Deadline: July 16, 2021
Grand Prize: $1,500
Second Prize: $600 runner-up
2nd runner-up: $400
Entry fee: $35 for Canadian entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension)
Additional entry: $5 per piece
Max. word count: 6,000

The Malahat Review Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize
Prize: $1000
Entries due: August 1, 2021
Entry Fee: $35 for entries from Canada, rates vary elsewhere; $15CAN for all additional entries
Judge: Emily Riddle
The Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize is awarded to the best work submitted to the magazine’s annual contest for a genre that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

League of Canadian Poets 1st Annual Lesley Strutt Poetry Contest
Deadline: August 2, 2021
Eligibility: Canadian poets, poets living and working in Canada, as well as Indigenous, Inuit and Métis poets who may not identify as Canadian but live in the region known colonially as Canada
Entry fee: $5
Prize: $500

Room Magazine Poetry Contest
FIRST PRIZE: $1,000 + publication in Room
SECOND PRIZE: $250 + publication in Room
HONOURABLE MENTION: $50 + publication on Room’s website
Entry fee: $35CAN within Canada, rates vary elsewhere; $7CAN per additional entry

Canadian Stories
The CANADIAN STORIES literary folk magazine is pleased to offer the 13th Contest for Short Stories, Poetry, and Black & White Line Art:
True Stories: $200
Fiction: $200
Poetry – Rhyming: $200
Poetry – Non-rhyming: $200
Lest We Forget: $200
Black & White Line Art: $200
First Honourable Mention: $150
Second Honourable Mention: $100
Third Honourable Mention: $50
Deadline: September 1, 2021
Entry fee: $20

The Fiddlehead Fiction Contest
Deadline: September 1, 2021
Prize: $2000 and publication in The Fiddlehead
Judge: Yasuko Thanh
Submission Guidelines

Arc Poetry Magazine Diana Brebner Prize
Deadline: September 3, 2021
Eligibility: Residents of the National Capital Region
Entry fee: $25 for one or two poems, includes one year subscription to Arc
Prize: $500

Surrey International Writers’ Conference writing contest
Deadline: September 17, 2021
Eligibility: International
Entry fee: $15
Prize: $1000 and publication; honourable mention: $150 and publication

Dreamers Creative Writing
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2021
Entry Fee: $12.50 USD (Approx. $15 CAD) – includes an e-copy of the next issue of Dreamers Magazine
Prize: $150 to the first place winner

Portal Magazine‘s Portent Contest
Deadline: October 15, 2021
Eligibility: Canadian citizens and residents
Entry fee: $25
Prize: $500 and publication in the April 2022 issue

Pulp Literature
The Raven Short Story Contest
Contest opens: 1 September 2021
Deadline: 15 October 2021
Winner notified: 15 November 2021
Winner published in: Issue 34, Spring 2022
Prize: $300
Judge: To Be Announced
Entry fee: $20
Earlybird fee (before 15 September): $15
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature
Editorial critique: $25
This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction between 250 and 2500 words in length. Multiple entries welcome. Total entries limited to 200.

Contemporary Verse 2 Young Buck Poetry Prize
Deadline: November 1, 2021
Prize: $1000 publication
Entry Fee: $26 (first entry, includes 1-year subscription to magazine), $16 (all subsequent entries)

Prairie Fire
Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests

Entry fee: $32. This entitles you to a one-year (4 issues) subscription to Prairie Fire magazine. Make cheque or money order payable to Prairie Fire and enclose with your entry.
1st prize: $1,250
2nd prize: $500
3rd prize: $250
One fiction entry consists of one story, maximum 10,000 words.
One poetry entry consists of 1, 2, or 3 poems, maximum 150 lines.
One creative non-fiction entry consists of one article, maximum 5,000 words.
Deadline for all contest entries: November 30, 2021 (postmarked by)

The Writers Union of Canada
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 $1000 each. The next deadline for submissions is January 31, 2022.

Contest Entries: December 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022
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
Entry fee: $25.00 (includes one year subscription for your first entry only)*
Additional entries $5.00 (at time of original entry only)

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

Writing Battle
Next Battle: February 4th, 2022
Future Battles: May 3rd, 2022
Writing Battle is a creative writing competition for writers, by writers. Receive prompts, write a short story, then judge each other’s stories.
Cash Prize is dependent on how many people join but can range from $1000-$4000
Entry fee: $13.00

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