Canada Writes Contest


During the month of November, Canada Writes is asking Canadians to dig through the pages of their family’s past and share with us a compelling/remarkable story from their bloodline.

We want the stories you tell at parties and at dinners with friends. When your family gets together, what stories are retold? Do you have a colourful aunt or uncle? How did your grandmother come upon her pasta recipe? What trouble did you and your bother get into growing up?

Pluck the juiciest story from your family tree and share it with us.

Stories should be between 400 and 500 words. Author Lawrence Hill will select the winner.

First Prize is $1000 from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Deadline is 12:00pm EDT on December 2, 2013.


Writing in the Margins

Now in its third year, Briarpatch’s Writing in the Margins contest seeks fresh, creative writing that brings to life issues of political, social, and environmental justice. This year’s contest entries will be judged by award-winning writers Shani Mootoo and Marcello Di Cintio. Briarpatch books columnist Yutaka Dirks caught up with our judges to talk politics and prose. Check out what our judges had to say about their writing practice and then polish your entry. You’ve got until December 1st to enter your short stories and creative non-fiction pieces for a chance to be published in Briarpatch and share in $750 in cash prizes!

Writing in the Margins

Briarpatch Magazine’s 3rd annual creative writing contest

Briarpatch is seeking fresh, creative writing that brings to life issues of political, social, and environmental justice. We want writing from the edges – from new writers who have something important to say, or from longtime writers who can show us a new way of seeing things. We’re looking for bold and courageous writing that pushes the boundaries between fact and fiction, journalism and prose, and that deconstructs tough issues in inventive ways.

This year’s short story entries will be judged by acclaimed novelist and poet SHANI MOOTOO. Her books include the Giller Prize-nominated Cereus Blooms at Night; Valmiki’s Daughter; He Drown She in the Sea; the short story collection Out on Main Street; and the poetry collection The Predicament of Or.

Creative non-fiction entries will be judged by MARCELLO DI CINTIO, who is the author of three books of creative nonfiction including, most recently, Walls: Travels Along the Barricades. Walls won both the 2013 Shaugnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.

Contest winners will be published in the March/April 2014 issue of Briarpatch and will each receive $300. Honourable mentions will be featured online alongside contest winners at and will each receive $75. The top entry from Briarpatch’s hometown of Regina will also be treated to lunch at The Willow on Wascana with esteemed local author, Trevor Herriot.

The deadline for entry is December 1, 2013. Submissions should not exceed 2000 words and must be original, unpublished and not under consideration by other publications.

Your $25 entry fee gets you a full year’s subscription to Briarpatch (regularly $28.95).  U.S. submissions cost $40 and other international submissions cost $45 to cover the additional costs of postage for your subscription.

For full contest details see:

2013 Dalton Camp Award

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is pleased to remind you that the deadline for submissions to the 2013 Dalton Camp Award is approaching.

The winner will receive a $10,000 prize for excellence in creative, original essay-writing on the link between democracy and the media in Canada. New for 2013, a discretionary second prize of $2,500 may be awarded for the best essay by a post-secondary student. The 2013 Award is open to both students and other Canadians.

The deadline for entries is November 15, 2013.

FRIENDS invites you to draw the Award to the attention of the Federation of British Columbia Writers membership and mailing lists or to other potential entrants.

An 8.5×11″ colour poster, and vertical and horizontal versions of a 4×6″ black-and-white announcement, are available in Adobe PDF format and can be downloaded from:

The official rules, past winning essays, a video biography on Dalton Camp, and other details about the Award are available from the Dalton Camp Award website:

Submissions to Fieldstone Review

Call for Submissions

Journal: The Fieldstone Review

Deadline: January 15, 2014

The online literary journal The Fieldstone Review is now accepting submissions of creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and reviews for its 2014 issue.

Contributors may submit a maximum of one entry per category per submission period.

For further details and submission guidelines, please see the journal’s website.