Monthly Archives: September 2011

Writer’ s Union: 19th Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers

This just in my inbox:

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until November 3, 2011 for the 19th Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author.


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


Writers Kevin Chong, Anne Emery, and Sylvia Fraser will serve as the jury.


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 Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or non-fiction is eligible.


· 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 in hardcopy only.

· Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, email 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, $29 per entry.

· Entries must be postmarked by November 3, 2011 to be eligible.

· Mail entries to: SPC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.

Results will be posted at in February 2012. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Leave a comment

Filed under writing contests

September is Grant Writing Time!

On Monday I spent most of the day adding the finishing touches to my grant application to the BC Arts Council, and I know that many of my British Columbia colleagues were doing exactly the same thing.

I have previously applied for grants from the BC Arts Council twice and not in consecutive years and both times I was, to my huge and massive disappointment turned down 😦

It’s not easy to write a grant; sometimes I think it is actually easier to write a book and it is especially difficult to write a grant about a project that is barely in the beginning stages of development, but I got it done with much whining and snuffling…

I have a lot of confidence in my next book (although most of it is still in head), but it would make such a difference to have some financial support, especially since leaving my job last June. I am very happily unemployed, but miss the $$.

I know all of us who spent time and effort on grant writing are hoping for good news in the next few months and I wish us all luck!

And now it’s time to sink my teeth into the book. Good thing it’s a grey day and perfect to be inside typing not at the beach….

Leave a comment

Filed under Writing Tips