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literary competitions.

So you think you wanna be a writer?

Here are a few places to start.

The following are writing competitions that happen more or less annually. All offer cash prizes, most but not all have entry fees. Do click the links for up to date information and complete rules and regs, and precise deadlines.

THIS Magazine Great Canadian Literary Hunt - Fiction
Submissions are not limited to any specific topic or subject
Submission length: Maximum 5,000 words
Entry fee: $10 per piece
Deadline: July
Prizes: $750 plus publication

THIS Magazine Great Canadian Literary Hunt - Poetry
Submissions are not limited to any specific topic or subject
Submission length: Maximum 100 lines
Entry fee: $10 for two poems
Deadline: July
Prizes: $750 plus publication

THIS Magazine Great Canadian Literary Hunt - Creative Non-Fiction
Submissions are not limited to any specific topic or subject
Submission length: Maximum 4,000 words
Entry fee: None
Deadline: March
Prizes: $250 plus publication

sub-TERRAIN Creative Non-Fiction Contest
Submissions are not limited to any specific topic or subject
Submission length: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: May 15
Prizes: $250 plus publication
All entrants receive a 4-issue subscription to sub-TERRAIN

sub-TERRAIN Short Story Contest
Submissions are not limited to any specific topic or subject
Submission length: 3,000 words or less
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: May 15
Prizes: $500 plus publication
All entrants receive a 3-issue subscription to sub-TERRAIN

sub-TERRAIN Poetry Contest
Submissions are not limited to any specific topic or subject
Submission length: Maximum 3 poems per entry
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: May 15
Prizes: $300 plus publication
All entrants receive a 3-issue subscription to sub-TERRAIN

Anvil Press International 3-Day Novel-Writing Contest
Submissions are not limited to any specific topic or subject
Submission length: There are no limits as to the novel's length, but entries average 100 typewritten pages, double-spaced
Entry fee: $35
Deadline: Contest takes place over Labour Day weekend. Pre-registration required
Prizes: Publication

EVENT Creative Non-Fiction Contest
Submissions are not limited to any specific topic or subject
Submission length: Maximum 5000 words
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: April
Prizes: $500 plus publication
All entrants receive a 1-year subscription to EVENT

14th Annual Short Grain Contest: Dramatic Monologue
A self-contained speech given by a single character
Submission length: Maximum 500 words
Entry fee: $22 for a maximum two entries in one category, plus $5 per entry in any category or your choice
Deadline: January
Prizes: $500 plus publication
All entrants receive a 1-year subscription to Grain

14th Annual Short Grain Contest: Postcard Story
Narrative fiction
Submission length: Maximum 500 words
Entry fee: $22 for a maximum two entries in one category, plus $5 per entry in any category or your choice
Deadline: January
Prizes: $500 plus publication
All entrants receive a 1-year subscription to Grain

14th Annual Short Grain Contest: Prose Poem
A lyric poem written as a prose paragraph
Submission length: Maximum 500 words
Entry fee: $22 for a maximum two entries in one category, plus $5 per entry in any category or your choice
Deadline: January
Prizes: $500 plus publication
All entrants receive a 1-year subscription to Grain

14th Annual Short Grain Contest: Long Grain of Truth
Non-fiction creative prose
Submission length: Maximum 5000 words
Entry fee: $22 for a maximum two entries in one category, plus $5 per entry in any category or your choice
Deadline: January
Prizes: $500 plus publication
All entrants receive a 1-year subscription to Grain

Malahat Long Poem Prize
Submissions are not limited to any specific topic or subject
Submission length: Maximum 30,000 words
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: March
Prizes: $400 plus payment at regular publication rate of $30 per page
All entrants receive a 1-year subscription to the Malahat Review

Malahat Novella Prize
Submissions are not limited to any specific topic or subject
Submission length: Maximum 20 pages
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: March
Prizes: $500 plus payment at regular publication rate of $30 per page
All entrants receive a 1-year subscription to the Malahat Review

Fictionline
Literary short fiction
Submission length: Unlimited
Entry fee: $2.36
Deadline: Ongoing
Prizes: $1000 and publication at www.fictionline.com

Canadian Literary Awards - Short Story
Competition is open to permanent residents of Canada and to Canadian citizens of all ages, whether living in Canada or abroad
Submissions are not limited to any specific topic or subject
Submission length: 2000-3000 words
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: October
Prizes: $6000 and publication in Air Canada's enRoute magazine as well as the recording and broadcast of a reading of the winning entries on CBC Radio

Canadian Literary Awards - Travel Literature
Competition is open to permanent residents of Canada and to Canadian citizens of all ages, whether living in Canada or abroad
Submissions are not limited to any specific topic or subject
Submission length: 2000-2500 words
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: October
Prizes: $6000 and publication in Air Canada's enRoute magazine as well as the recording and broadcast of a reading of the winning entries on CBC Radio

Canadian Literary Awards - Poetry
Competition is open to permanent residents of Canada and to Canadian citizens of all ages, whether living in Canada or abroad
Submissions are not limited to any specific topic or subject
Submission length: 1500-2500 words
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: October
Prizes: $6000 and publication in Air Canada's enRoute magazine as well as the recording and broadcast of a reading of the winning entries on CBC Radio

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