Writers’ Union of Canada Competition

The Writers’ Union of Canada short prose competition is an excellent way to sharpen your skills if you aren’t yet published.  I entered many times and appreciated the excellent feedback and encouragement whenever I placed.  I have since judged and it is a pleasure to read the upcoming talent and recognize the names of new writers who go onto the literary success. Here are the details: 

WRITERS’ UNION OF CANADA CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

18th Annual Short Prose Competition

for Developing Writers

$2,500 PRIZE

 The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until November 10, 2010 for the 18TH ANNUAL SHORT PROSE COMPETITION FOR DEVELOPING WRITERS. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or nonfiction, written by an unpublished author.

PRIZE

$2,500 for the winning entry and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines.  

JURY

Writers Tarek Fatah, K.V. Johansen, and Sharon Pollock will serve as the jury.  

ELIGIBILITY

This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not had a book published by a commercial or university press in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or nonfiction.  

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:

  • ·                         Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.
  • ·                         Submissions will be accepted by hardcopy only.
  • ·                         Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and number of pages of entry.
  • ·                         Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.
  • ·                         Make cheque or money order payable to The Writers’ Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order, $25 per submission.
  • ·                         Entries must be postmarked by November 10, 2010 to be eligible. Results will be announced in February 2011.
  • ·                         Mail entries to: WFC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.

Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca. Manuscripts will not be returned.

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