23 Canadian Writing Contests

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If you're a budding writer, check out these 23 Canadian Writing Contests you can enter today. Many genres are covered including poetry, fiction/non-fiction, and yes, even travel writing!

While this is by no means a complete list, it will give a you a great idea of what's out there. So what can you win? Well, The New Quarterly offers a $1,000 prize in several categories while the grand prize for the CBC Literary contest grabs a cool $6,000!!

As a general disclaimer, I am in no way affiliated with these organizations and suggest strong research before submitting your entry/fees at your own risk.

CBC Literary Prizes

  • CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize - annually in January
  • CBC Poetry Prize - annually in April
  • CBC Short Story Prize - annually in September

Lorain Hemingway Short Story Competition

  • Annual competition with winners announced in July
  • A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest
    • annual contest open from April 1 until June 21
  • offers several contests throughout the year
  • Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests
    • annual writing contest with a November 30 deadline
  • Creative Non-Fiction contest - annual deadline in July
  • Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize - annual deadline in October
  • Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction - annual deadline January
  • Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Writing Contest - annual deadline December 31
  • Cover Art - annual submissions from September to November
  • Creative Non-Fiction - annual submission from December to March
  • Fiction & Poetry - annual submissions from April to July
  • Short Forms - annual submissions from October to January
  • Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers - deadline March
  • Danuta Gleed Literary Award - annual deadline in February

Writer's Digest:

  • Self-Published eBook Award - annual deadline August 1
  • Indigenous Writing Contest - annual competition February deadline
  • National Poetry Contest and National Short-Story Contest - annual deadline July 31
  • Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest - annual deadline in April
  • Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest - annual deadline in March
  • Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award - annual deadline in June
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