Archive for January 30th, 2012

$660 first prize in Writers’ Village Story Contest Spring 2012

30 January 2012

A first prize of $660 in cash can be won for short fiction in any genre in the spring 2012 round of the Writers’ Village ‘Best Writing’ award. The second prize is $160 and third prize is $80 plus five shortlisted entrants gain a free entry in the next round.

All entrants, winners or not, gain a helpful critique of their story – a feature thought to be unique among low-fee writing contests.

Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village Best Writing spring 2012 Award’ and see their work showcased online.

Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide. The fee is $16 and multiple entries are permitted. Deadline is 31st March 2012. Entry rules plus all winning stories since 2009 can be found at:

The New Quarterly Poetry and Writing Contests

30 January 2012

The New Quarterly is proud to announce The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award, sponsored by the St. Jerome’s University English Dept.

Winning Story: $1,000

Deadline: May 28, 2012

Entry Fee: $40 per submission*

For a work of short fiction by a Canadian writer in the early stages. We define a writer in the early stages as someone who has not yet published a first story collection or novel.

*Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing.
There is no word limit; all submissions are judged blind.
Though there is only one prize, all submissions will be considered for publication.

For full details, see
The New Quarterly is proud to announce The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest

$1,000 for one winning essay

We are interested in essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line. Our only restrictions are that the work be unpublished and the writer be Canadian.

Deadline: Postmarked March 28, 2012

Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year subscription (or extension) to The New Quarterly, one of Canada’s liveliest literary magazines.

For full details, see
The New Quarterly is proud to announce The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest

$1,000 for one glorious poem

Sponsored by TNQ editor Kim Jernigan and family in celebration of the man who sparked their love of poetry, this contest is for poems written in response to an occasion, personal or public – poems of gratitude or grief, poems that celebrate or berate, poems that make of something an occasion or simply mark one. Another $1,000 in prize money will be distributed as the judges fancy. The best of what we see will be published in The New Quarterly at our usual rates, and posted on our website.

Deadline: Postmarked February 28, 2012

Entry fee: $40 for up to 2 unpublished poems, $5 each for additional poems. Submissions include a one-year subscription (or extension) to The New Quarterly, one of Canada’s liveliest literary magazines.

For full details, see

We’re Fishin’ for Your Best Upper Mississippi River Stories

30 January 2012

Prairie Rivers Network and the 1Mississippi Campaign believe inspired and engaged individuals are essential to protect the Upper Mississippi River for today and for the future.

We invite you to enter an essay contest: “Our Upper Mississippi River: Connection, Inspiration, Transformation.”

Whether you have visited the Upper Mississippi River once, or lived next to it all your life, your story about the Upper Mississippi River can be the spark for others to learn more about this wondrous river, to love it as you do, and to take action to protect its waters and habitat for people, wildlife and river communities.

Tell us: How has the river inspired you?  How has the Upper Mississippi River changed your life?  How do you protect this river you love?

Essay contest entries must be submitted electronically between January 1, 2012 and March 16, 2012.

The winning essay will be published in the newsletters for Prairie Rivers Network and the 1 Mississippi Campaign, an audience of over 5,000!

For more information, essay contest rules and entry form go to: or contact Cecily Smith at