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Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Winner: $60,000; Finalists: $5,000

25 April 2016

Prize Guidelines

A prize of $60,000 will be awarded to a literary nonfiction book published between September 18, 2015 and September 30, 2016 that, in the opinion of the jury, is the year’s best book of nonfiction. Literary nonfiction includes, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, criticism both social and political, history, and biography. Finalist works will demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. The overall effect of such writing should provide the general reader with an informed, unique perspective on the issue at hand. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles. Prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to each of the finalists.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Titles must be published in Canada between September 18, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Books that are not yet in final published form by the final deadline of July 27 may be submitted as bound galleys.
  • Books must be English-language, first-edition trade books published by a Canadian press, written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Previous publication in another country does not disqualify a book.
  • Translations from other languages into English are eligible and will be considered in the year in which the English translation is published. In the event of a translation winning the prize, the prize money will be divided as follows: $45,000 to the author, $15,000 to the translator.
  • To be eligible publishing houses must have a professional editorial process independent from the authors whose books are submitted for consideration. They must not charge authors for publishing their works.
  • All books must have an ISBN number and be available in Canadian bookstores.
  • Titles may be single-authored or co-authored. Multi-authored collections, anthologies, and conference proceedings are not eligible.
  • Self-published books are not eligible.
  • Ghostwritten books are not eligible.
  • No more than 20% of the manuscript can have previously been published in book form.
  • Books whose author was deceased at the time of publication are not eligible.
  • Publishers should note that the prize is for literary excellence; they should only submit books deemed outstanding in this regard.

Nomination Process

The schedule for submissions is tied to publication dates as follows:

Deadline 1: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 
For books published between September 18, 2015 and March 22, 2016

Deadline 2: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 
For books published between March 23, 2016 and May 24, 2016

*Deadline 3: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 
For books published between May 25, 2016 and September 30, 2016

Publishers are strongly encouraged to submit books prior to the deadlines. Submissions upon release of titles are appreciated. If a publisher, for any reason whatsoever, feels they cannot submit titles in accordance with the above schedule it is requested that they contact the Program Manager to discuss the possibility of an extension.

Number of Submissions

All Canadian-based publishers of original manuscripts may enter two books; companies publishing more than ten eligible nonfiction titles may add one book for every additional ten eligible books (or fraction thereof) on their nonfiction list, up to a maximum of five. See the chart below for reference.

Books Published:  Eligible to Submit:
10 or fewer 2
11 – 20 3
21 – 30 4
31 or more 5


Required Materials

The following must be submitted by the final deadline on July 27, 2016:

  • Five copies of each eligible title in book form; or three bound galleys, with at least two copies of the finished book to be received by the Writers’ Trust upon publication
  • A Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction submission form listing all submitted titles and planned submissions sent with the first shipment of books (do not send multiple copies unless you make changes to your submission plans)
  • Publishers submitting more than two titles must provide a list of all titles published during the calendar year on which that publisher’s eligibility is based. This list should include authors, titles, and dates of publication.
  • Electronic images of the author and book cover suitable for reproduction in print materials – please name each file as follows: “Nonfiction_AuthorLastName_FirstName” and “Nonfiction_AuthorLastName_BookTitle”. Contact the Program Manager for instructions on sending large images.


Jury Composition

The finalists of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction are chosen by a three-person jury. Each juror may request an unlimited number of additional titles from a publisher’s list. Such titles are on equal footing with all other submissions, provided that their publishers agree to abide by the conditions laid out in this document. The jury acts independently of the Writers’ Trust and is charged with interpreting the mandate and eligibility criteria of the prize, as well as determining which of the submissions best reflect the prize mandate. In evaluating the writing, literary merit is the sole criteria. The judgment of the jury in selecting the winners, determining eligibility, and interpreting these rules is final.

Announcement of Nominees & Winners

The list of finalist authors will be announced in September 2016 and the award will be presented in November 2016 at an event in Toronto.

Publisher Obligations

If an author is a finalist the publisher will agree to:

  • Supply the Writers’ Trust with 18 additional copies of the shortlisted book for publicity.
  • Affix stickers provided by the Writers’ Trust to all outgoing copies of the current edition of the finalist and winning books and include prize sticker artwork on any subsequent editions.
  • Participate in promotion and publicity efforts undertaken by the Writers’ Trust and stress the importance of this with their authors.

Send submissions to:

Amanda Hopkins, Program Manager
Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Writers’ Trust of Canada
600 – 460 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON  M5V 1Y1

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Call for submissions: Duenda online literary journal

5 May 2014
Please send prose, poetry, hybrid work, translations, visual art & literary collaborations to DUENDE: the new, online literary journal of Goddard College’s BFA in Writing Program. DUENDE seeks authenticity & soulfulness, earthiness & expressiveness; as Lorca said, DUENDE “climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.” Submissions for our inaugural issue accepted through June 1, 2014. First issue debuts online in October. Writers from underrepresented groups especially welcome.
Letter to Potential Submitters:
Duende…insinuates authenticity and soulfulness, earthiness, expressiveness and a chill up the spine.  It encompasses darkness and intensity.  It emotes.  It elicits sorrow and joy.  It wrests a response from the body.It is a word and concept that experts attempt to translate in paragraphs and pages. In a full lecture on duende given in 1933,  Frederico Garcia Lorca says that it brings the artist face-to-face with death.  The artist must fight to uncover its gifts.  He calls it “a sort of corkscrew that can get art into the sensibility of an audience” and says it “climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.”

We ask you for your deepest and best work.  We who will read and accept your writing and art are fellow students of Goddard College’s undergraduate program (primarily the BFA in Creative Writing).  We chose Goddard due to its rich history of student-directed curriculum which allows eclectic, individualized focuses of study.  Thanks to our home at Goddard, Duende opens to include all forms of literature and art.  We welcome hybrids, collaborations, and other experiments in form, in addition to artful fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, etc.

Push the envelope.  Push yourself and your work just a little more, make your offering just a bit larger, your understanding a layer deeper.

Then send it to us.  We can’t wait to see it.

Visit for complete details.


28 April 2013



Deadline May 12, 2013.

Do you have an opinion on saving for retirement
using a Roth IRA? We’re looking for short pieces showcasing views on
Roth IRAs. The pros, the cons, and everything in between.

First Place: $500
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $200

NOTE: NerdWallet Investing will publish all submissions that we
deem relevant to our readers; not all submissions will be selected
for publication or payment. Open to all states except Rhode Island.

The Red Bridge Review: Bi-Weekly Creative Reports Competition

2 February 2013

Do you like attending creative arts events ? Do you like interviewing up-and-coming artistes ?

Do you enjoy writing commentaries on creative events and personalities ?

Come have fun with us at Redbridge Review

Send us your article up to 300 words (interview, commentaries etc) .

Every two weeks we chose from the best submitted and we pay for it.

plus you will have something to add to your portfolio.

Send all submissions to:

Please include this declaration with each submission :

If my work is not selected please do the following : return / delete / use if you like [select]

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Last Call for Submissions! Get Involved – Share your opinions, work and stories

26 October 2012
 “RIOT – MELLAKKA” Submit your work to be featured on the HESA inprint blog with a chance to be published in our monthly magazine. We are looking for creative people with a vision and voice to share their opinions, work and stories not for a pay check but for the love of creating.

This months issue theme is “RIOT – MELLAKKA ” if you feel like your work could be put in to this category we would love for you to submit it to HESA inprint and be in with a chance to get in to the web magazine, blog and magazine publication.

Deadline is Midnight Finnish Time, October 30th 2012 

IMPORTANT! Remember to include your full name, email address, titles and mediums for all work and an overall title for your submission! We also recommend adding an introduction text on the works submitted and how you see them fitting with the current theme.

TO SUBMIT your works for our publication send it to in the subject box write: “submission – riot – Your Name – WORK TITLE”.

For submission guidelines visit:

HESA inprint is a Finnish-English web magazine, blog and art magazine publication. The theme for the issue is RIOT – MELLAKKA. The deadline is midnight (Finnish Time) October 30th 2012. Instructions on how to submit your work is available at Review Writing Contest

8 April 2012

Starting May 1st 2012 

We are having a contest! To kick things off right, is rewarding the memeber who submits the best review before May 15, 2012. Every review submitted will be a contender in the contest. Shortly after we’ll announce the winner on our home page and send them a thousand big ones.

Contest Terms: $1,000 USD to the member who impresses us with what we consider to be the most compelling and engaging review, starting May 1st, 2012 and ending on May 15th, 2012. All reviews must comply with our rules and terms of use, and be approved by our moderators before becoming eligible for this contest. (We generally average a 24 hour moderation turnover). We will announce the winner within a week of the contest ending on the 15th…

Sound good? Great!

All you have to do is register with us and then start submitting the most compelling, most engaging, and most entertaining reviews that your witty self can compose – starting May 1st!

Every review you submit between May 1st and May 15th is automatically entered into our contest, and will be evaluated by our panel of judges!

Now – here’s a few things to keep in mind, and a couple rules, just to keep everyone honest…

• You Need to Blow Us Away. Make us laugh. Make us really think about something. Be objective, but don’t hide your personality. Most importantly – whether the product is amazing or it stinks – be memorable..

It doesn’t matter if the product’s life-changing or a dud. Or even if it’s just “meh”. What matters is YOUR REVIEW. Some of the most memorable reviews I’ve read in the past have actually covered crappy or average products. My suggestion? Show us your ability to review all types of stuff. Great stuff, crappy products, mediocre services – whatever.

We’re not judging the rating. We’re judging the review.

• 100% Original Reviews Only. We won’t approve duplicate content anyway (stuff that’s found elsewhere on the web), and no, you can’t use “spun” content, PLR or anything that you didn’t write yourself, from scratch.

• Mix It Up. Yes, we realize that your odds of winning increase if you submit multiple reviews/entries, but keep in mind – we can easily tell if you’re just submitting similar, formulaic reviews (either in format or style).

• Different Products. Obviously, you can’t review the same product more than once.

• Keep it Real. The rules still apply, you can’t just “make stuff up” for the sake of brevity, or give everything a glowing review. (Remember that you can recommend a better product when you review a bad/mediocre one).

• Remember The Big Picture. Remember that in addition to possibly winning $1,000 – you’re also building high-profile reviews that can generate a passive income for you (with affiliate programs).

So in reality, most people who participate in this contest will be rewarded, anyway.

But we thought we’d start things off with a fun contest like this – just for kicks 🙂

You can check out our site here:

And our contest details page here:

Best of Luck!

Win a £500 General Critique by Cornerstones Literary Consultancy

26 August 2011
So, you know how we’ve been kind enough to give you lot some pretty damned fine prizes on comp corner over the last few months, yes? Prepare to spit out your coffee and stand on the cat in amazement at what we’ve got on offer this time.
Helen Corner, of acclaimed Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (and our brand new regular contributor), has only gone and offered one lucky reader the chance to win a free General Report on a manuscript up to 100,000 words in length, offering pointers for the author to polish their novel and raise it to the next level, and if it goes on to be ‘submission to agents’ worthy then Helen will let you know as there’s a marketability section within the report. This would normally cost you 500 of your British pounds (which is approximately the value of the entire NHS pension fund these days) and you could get it for nothing!
Well, not nothing, as you’ll have to actually enter the comp. Still good though, innit?
To Enter:
Send us the opening paragraph of your as yet unpublished novel, the one you want to get the full works if it wins. That’s it. No tricks, no hidden trapdoors or poisoned darts, just one single itty bitty paragraph up to 100 words. The emphasis isn’t so much on making us laugh as it is on impressing Helen enough that she wants to read on.
You can enter online at
The longlist will be notified and required to submit the first page of their novel after the closing date, from which Helen will be picking a winner!
Deadline: 5th November 2011
Entry Fee: Free
The shortlist and winner will be announced in the December 2011 issue of Words with JAM.
A full set of rules can also be viewed on the above link.

ATTENTION WRITERS: Naked Girls Reading wants you to SUBMIT!

13 August 2010

International literary salon Naked Girls Reading ( is looking for exceptional, “gut level” writing in the areas of Short Fiction, Poetry, Criticism and Erotica.  In November 2010, an array of famous Naked Girls will read finalists in every category and give away the Naked Girls Reading LITERARY HONORS in Chicago at a very special event.

This HONORS includes a reader funded cash prize of at least $500 and the prestige of being the first recipient of the award.

You don’t have to be naked when you write, but we wouldn’t blame you if you were!

For more information and to submit your original work, visit:

Unbound Press – Books and Writing Competitions

3 May 2010

Unbound Press Creative Non-Fiction Competition
2 categories

1. Essay.
Prizes: £100; £50

2. 1st chapter of an unpublished book.
Prizes: £75; £25

All Winners and Runners-up will be published in the Unbound Press Journal and will each receive a free copy of the journal.

Entry Fee: £5 Payment can be made by PayPal or credit/debit card via the competition website.

Entries should be no longer than 3000 words.
Creative (or Literary) non-fiction is defined as writing which is factually accurate and written with attention to literary style and technique. It should communicate information, while being shaped in a way that reads like fiction. Although there is no specific theme to the competition, subjects that work particularly well in this genre include personal essay, memoir, cultural criticism, nature writing, literary journalism, history.

Email entries only to

Full details at:

Closing date 31st July 2010