13 Short Story Contests in Canada
Calling all Canadian fiction writers! Here are 13 upcoming short story contests by Canadian literary organizations.
All of these short story contests are open Canada-wide for authors of fiction and all are open to emerging writers. Most offer cash prizes. Prizes range from $25 to $10,000. Some offer paid publication in addition to a cash prize.
Many literary organizations offer contests instead of regular submissions and the submissions received are considered for standard publication as well as for the contest. So in some cases, even if you don’t win, you still have a chance of being published!
|Contest||Organizer||Genre||Due Date||Entry Fee||Prize(s)|
|IFWA Short Story Contest||Imaginative Fiction Writers Association||Speculative Fiction||2019 Due Date TBA||Cost of “When World’s Collide” Registration||$125.00, First
$25.00, Honourable mentions x7
|Lush Triumphant Literary Awards||subTerrain||Any||Early Bird Entry:
January 15, 2019
|$30||$1000 and publication|
|Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award||The New Quarterly||Literary Fiction||May 28, 2019||$40||$1000 and publication|
|Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize||Antigonish Review||Any||2019 Due Date TBA||$30||$500, First
|EMWF Literary Contest||Eden Mills Writers Festival||Literary Fiction||2019 Due Date TBA||$15||$250|
|The Jeannie Parsons Prize||Canadian Stories||Literary Fiction||2019 Due Date TBA||$20||$350 and publication|
|Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Competition||Exile Quarterly||Literary and Speculative Fiction||2019 Due Date TBA||$30||$10,000, Best Story by an Emerging Writer
$5000, Best Story by a Writer at Any Career Point
|Read at the Fringe||Eden Mills Writers Festival||Any||2019 Due Date TBA||$10||Opportunity to Read at the Festival|
|Room Fiction Contest||Room Magazine||Any||2019 Contest Opens: September 1, 2019||$35||$1000, First and publication in Room
$250, Second and publication in Room
$50, Honourable mention and publication on Room’s website
|John Kenneth Galbraith Short Story Competition||Friends of Dutton-Dunwich||Any||2019 Due Date TBA||$10||$2,000 and a cast pewter medallion|
|SiWC Writing Contest||Surrey International Writers Conference||Any||2019 Due Date TBA||$15||$1000, First
$150, Honourable Mention
|CBC Short Story Prize||CBC||Any||October 31, 2019||$25||$6000, writing residency and publication, First
$1000, Finalist x4
|Prairie Fire Short Fiction Contest||Prairie Fire||Any||2019 Due Date TBA||$32||$1,250, First
*and publication in Prairie Fire
* This article was published on April 25, 2018.