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Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest


South Country Fair
✨**CALL FOR ART!***✨

It's that time of year when we're all getting ready for SCF #32 and our excitement can hardly be contained! We are now seeking entries for the creation of a poster and logo to represent the 32nd South Country Fair. The winning designer will have the honour of seeing their work featured for South Country Fair 2018 via two weekend passes including access to the volunteer camping area. All submissions are welcomed.
The deadline is February 15, 2018. No more than 5 colours can be used and please be sure to include a black and white version - neither of which to exceed 11” x 13”. Please include some text to help explain the how/where/when/why you were inspired and how you suggest to incorperate your works into South Country Fair #32.
To submit or request more info, please send an e-mail to:
As a site note: We really appreciate a versatile easy-to-cut-out design and artwork that will cross all mediums. For example: web, CMYK, paper, silk screening, or product imprinting.
We look forward to seeing your designs!
Poetry Institute of Canada
2017-2018 CONTESTS:
YOUNG WRITERS DIVISION (ages 5-18) - Poetry Contest 2017
Deadline: NOVEMBER 15, 2017
YOUNG WRITERS DIVISION (ages 5-18) - Creative Writing 2018
Deadline: MARCH 15, 2018
The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest: $1000 for one winning essay
Deadline March 28, 2018
Edna Staebler was a pioneer in the field of literary journalism and a beloved figure in her (our) home region of Waterloo, Ontario. Her first article, “Duellists of the Deep,” a story about swordfishing with Neil’s Harbour fishermen, and published in Macleans when she was in her forties, won the Canadian Womens Press Club Memorial Award. Edna went on to publish with MacleansChatelaineSaturday Night, and other flagship magazines, while her books include the Food that Really Schmecksseries—cookbooks so entertaining that people read them in Debed. Edna led by example in other ways as well, founding eponymous writers’ awards, scholarships, and bursaries to nurture writers. She helped to found The New Quarterly in 1981, and in 2005 her generous bequest allowed us to establish this award, in her honour.
Martyn Godfrey Young Writers Award
Deadline March 31, 2018
We know there are a lot of awesome young writers and artists in Alberta. We think they deserve a little extra recognition, and the Martyn Godfrey Award is just the thing! This is an annual, juried short story contest open to all Albertan students in grades 4 through 9.
Indigenous Arts & Stories competition
The deadline for entry is March 31.
The contest is open to Canadians of Indigenous ancestry (self-identified Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis) between the ages of 9 and 29.
Create a writing or art piece that explores Indigenous heritage or culture.
Your entry into the Indigenous Arts & Stories competition must include a 200-400 word artist’s or author’s statement that includes a few words about you and explains how your piece explores Indigenous heritage and culture.​
Narrative Magazine - Winter 2018 Story Contest
Deadline March 31, 2018
​OUR WINTER CONTEST is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? slam poetry logo competition
Deadline April 15, 2018
Can You Hear Me Now? is holding our annual logo and poster design competition.  Will your logo be the one for 2019?

The winning design submission (pairing of logo and poster from the same group/artist) will be placed on, and used for, all official Can You Hear Me Now?materials, including registration packages and advertising posters, as well as any other items used to promote the competition.Submissions
  • Both the logo and the poster design (they must be either the same thing or using the majority elements of both) must be by the same artist or group of artists.
  • Any students from any school can enter
  • You must be at the final (or have a representative there) to receive your prize should you win.
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
The 2018 Scholastic Awards will open September, 2018, and deadlines vary by region. You can participate in the 2018 Scholastic Awards by creating an account and uploading your work when submissions open in September.
The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. After you have created your work, uploaded it to your Scholastic Awards Account! Visit our online galleries to see examples of works from past National Medalists. Be sure to visit our copyright and plagiarism FAQ to learn more about submitting original works.
Futurescapes Writing Contest
Contest Deadline: October 13, 2018
FutureScapes is an annual writing competition that asks writers to envision a particular future, and tell us its story. 
For 2017, the Futurescapes Contest theme is “Blue Sky Cities.” We’re seeking stories set in a near-future city where significant strides have been made toward improving air quality, climate adaptation, or even net positive impacts on climate and air quality.
The Young Buck Poetry Prize
submission deadline: November 1, 2018
The Young Buck Poetry Prize is an annual contest
with a submission deadline in November.
CV2 magazine has created a new annual poetry contest exclusively for writers under the age of 35. The YOUNG BUCK poetry prize is awarded to the author of the single best submitted poem, along with $1000 and publication in CV2. Two honourable mentions are also awarded, each with a cash prize.
Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize
August 1 to December 1, 2018
This prize is open to submissions from youth in grades 7 to 12.

The Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth was established to foster a lifelong relationship between Canadian youth and the literary arts, specifically poetry. The prize is supported through a generous donation from the Stursberg family and other donors in honour of Jessamy Stursberg. The prize accepts submissions from young poets all across Canada, with three prizes awarded in both the Junior (grades 7 to 9) and Senior (grades 10 to 12) categories:
Winner: $400
Second Place: $350
Third Place: $300
All six of the winning poems will also be featured on the League of Canadian Poets’ website. Submissions can be entered by the poet, by a teacher, or by a parent or guardian, but the poem(s) submitted must be original work by the poet.

Polar Expressions Canada
Stay tuned for our 12th annual student contests 
for Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve.
2017/2018 National Student Contests
Anticipated Poetry Deadline: November 15, 2018
Anticipated Short-Story Deadline: November 30, 2018

Each year we hold two contests, which are open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Over $9,000 is awarded in cash prizes to schools and students who participate!
There is no entry fee and no obligation to purchase anything.
Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest
Blue Mountain Arts
Announces Its Thirty-first Biannual Poetry Card Contest
Deadline: December 31, 2018
1st prize: $350 * 2nd prize: $200 * 3rd prize: $100
In addition, the winning poems will be displayed on our website
We suggest that you write about real emotions and feelings and that you have some special person or occasion in mind as you write.
For more information or to submit visit here
Malahat Review 2018 Novella Prize
The deadline for the next Novella Prize is February 1, 2019 (postmark date).
The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere for the Novella Prize. One prize of $1,500 CAD is awarded. Previous winning entries have also won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize. The Novella Prize is offered every second year, alternating with The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize.

Every January I mark my calendar with the deadlines of some big Canadian writing contests. Ideally, this reminds me to submit to them. But even if I don’t, the deadlines remind me that “oh, right, I’m supposed to be writing.”

I’ve marked up my own calendar already but thought I’d share the dates here, for anyone else who might find them useful. I mark the deadlines, as well as a reminder 30 days beforehand.

2018 Writing Contest Submission Deadlines/Important Dates

**Please confirm the deadlines and guidelines yourself before submitting: don’t rely on my info, which has been typed before I’ve had any orange pekoe to drink and only 5 hours of sleep.**


1st:CBC Non-fiction Prize contest opens. 1,200-1,800 words.

26th:NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge‘s 1st round begins. (Writers need to pre-register for this.)


1st:The Malahat Review‘s annual Long Poem Prize and Novella Prize contests close.

28th:CBC Non-fiction contest deadline. 1,200-1,800 words.

28th:The New Quarterly‘s Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest deadline.


28th:The New Quarterly‘s Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest deadline.

29th:NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge‘s 2nd round begins.


1st:CBC Poetry Prize contest opens.


1st:The Malahat Review‘s annual Far Horizons Award for Poetry and Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction contests close.

28th:The New Quarterly‘s Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award deadline.

31st:CBC Poetry Prize contest deadline.


1st:The Malahat Review‘s annual Constance Rooke Creative Non-Fiction Prize contest deadline. 2,000-3,000 words.


1st: CBC Short Story Prize contest opens. 1,200-1,800 words.


31st:CBC Short Story Prize contest deadline.


1st:The Malahat Review‘s Open Season Awards annual deadline. Short fiction & creative non-fiction: max. 2,500 words. Poetry: max. 3 poems @ 100 lines each.