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The International Quill Quarrel Poetry Contest

The first International Quill Quarrel contest is accepting admissions from August 15th – October 15th, 2012. The contest is open to everyone. I’ve copied the submission guidelines below, but encourage you to visit their website.

All submissions must be in English.

– The subject and style of your submissions are left up to you.

– A maximum of 80 lines per poem.

– All poems must be original.

– All submissions must never have been previously published or given an award of any kind.

– Entry into this contest shall be considered an agreement that gives permission for your poem to be displayed on the website. If for any reason you do not wish to have your poem posted simply write “Do not want displayed” on a separate piece of paper and insert it with your submission.

– All letters and paper will be recycled. If you wish to have your submission returned, include a letter with pre-paid postage and your address on it.

– If multiple poems are submitted with only one reading fee included, the first poem read shall be chosen and the rest discarded. (Reading fee $5.00 per poem submitted. Maximum of 4 poems)

– 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place shall receive 5%, 3%, and 2% of all reading fees collected respectively as a cash prize. There will also be a page created for the winners which will showcase this year’s top three, and in years to come will show all the past winners as well.

– Submissions will be mailed to:

The International Quill Quarrel
25 Access Place, Conception Bay South
Newfoundland, Canada,
A1W 4B3

– Reading fees shall be paid in full and be included with the submission in the same envelope. There will be only a few accepted methods of payment. These include Canadian Currency, American Currency, Checks, and Money Orders. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If an alternate payment method is your only possibility, contact the IQQ for assistance and we will try to accommodate you.

– All checks and/or money orders will be made out to “The International Quill Quarrel”

– All judging will be done by the IQQ.

– Family members of any employee of the IQQ will not qualify to participate.

– Submissions will not be used for any other purpose than mentioned above.


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The 14th annual Great Canadian Literary Hunt

The 14th annual Great Canadian Literary Hunt has begun. For 14 years now This Magazine has surveyed this vast country for the best and brightest in Canadian new fiction and poetry and this year, just to keep things interesting, we’ve added a new category. For the first time, we’ll award a prize for best graphic narrative (think graphic novel, but way shorter). It’s the same great contest you know and love with great cash prizes, plus publication in an issue of This Magazine and exposure to our nationwide readership that includes top publishers, writers and editors.

Past winners of the Great Canadian Literary Hunt have gone on to be recognized at the National Magazine Awards, the Journey Prize, and the Trillium Book Award; many have been published by the top houses in the country and are among the most exciting talent in fiction and poetry today.

You could be next! Just send your entries by July 2, 2010 and join This Magazine’s 44-year tradition of heralding the brightest talents in Canadian letters.Questions? Just email hunt@this or visit here for more information.

The Great Canadian Literary Hunt Rules of Engagement
1. Original, unpublished poems of up to 100 lines, short stories of up to 2,500 words and graphic stories of up to two pages (8”x11”) by Canadian citizens or residents are eligible.
2. Emerging new writers, opposed to well-established authors, are encouraged to participate.
3. First prize in each category is $750 plus publication in a special literary supplement to the Nov/Dec 2010 issue. Second and third prize in each category is a lovely This Magazine prize pack, plus publication in the literary supplement.
4. Entry fees: $25 for one short story, two poems, or one graphic story. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to This Magazine*. Each additional entry is $5. Entry fees can be paid by Paypal, personal cheque or money order payable to This Magazine.
5. Entrant’s name MUST NOT appear on the submission itself. All entries must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with entrant’s full name, address, postal code, telephone number, e-mail address, submission title(s) and category.
6. A list of winners will be available at this.org. Mailed manuscripts will not be returned. Winners will be contacted by telephone.
7. Entrants must agree to be bound by the contest rules. Judges’ decisions are final.
8. Entries should be submitted electronically to: hunt@this.org (graphic stories must be submitted in PDF form), or postmarked no later than July 2, 2010 and mailed to: THE GREAT CANADIAN LITERARY HUNT c/o This Magazine, 401 Richmond St. W., Suite 396, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8

*This Magazine subscribers will have an additional year added to their subscription term. We’re still finalizing our panel of judges. Previous judges have included Gil Adamson, R.M. Vaughan, Erin Mouré, Christian Bök, Priscila Uppal, Michael Winter, Andrew Pyper and Camilla Gibb—just to name a few. For regular updates on The Great Canadian Literary hunt or more information about This Magazine, visit this.org

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Upcoming Writing Contests, Calls for Submissions Poetry Competitions and More

This just in!

January 31

This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and non-fiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality, and stylistic innovation.

January 31

The University of New Orleans offers this contest for study abroad in the summer of 2010. Full fee waivers, including housing allowances, will be granted to one writer each in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners may attend any of UNO’s 2010 study-abroad writing programs: Writing Workshops in San Miguel de Allande, Mexico; Writing Workshops in Montpellier; The Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Dorf Tirol, Italy. Open to anyone writing in English who has not yet published a book of 45 pages or more in the genre of application. Prose submissions should not exceed 4,500 words (about 15 pages double spaced). Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include a maximum of 3 poems. Submitted work must be unpublished at the time of submission.

Jan 31
Foundation for Public Poetry/Fondation Poésie Publique. Taken from the Canadian national anthem, rewrite only one line: ” True patriot love in all thy sons command.”
Winner will receive $20 and a copy of Leonard Cohen You’re Our Man. The winning line will be sent to the House of Commons requesting that the National Anthem be amended.
Entrants must submit their 1 line via email to: publicpoetry@gmail.com with the subject line “Oh Canada submission”. Entrants must live in Canada.

February 1

Submit a single work of fiction, with a minimum length of 10,000 words, and a maximum length of 20,000 words. No restrictions as to genre, subject matter, or aesthetic approach apply. Fees: $35 CAD for Canadians $40 USD for US entries $45 USD for entries from elsewhere. Enquiries: malahat@uvic.ca. Check the website for full contest details.

February 1

This contest invites all southern interior writers east of Hope, west of the Alberta border, north of the US border, and south of William’s Lake to submit their original unpublished works of fiction. Author Laisha Rosnau will select the best three stories to be awarded cash prizes. Entry fee: $15.

February 1

Accepted creative non-fiction forms include personal essay, lyric essay, narrative essay, and memoir. The prize is $250 and publication in LAKE: A Journal of Arts and Environment. Length: 2500 words maximum. Entry fee: $20 (includes a one-year subscription to LAKE). Submit entries to: LAKE: A Journal of Arts and Environment, Department of Creative Studies, UBC Okanagan, 3333 University Way, Kelowna BC, V1V 1V7.

February 14
The Writers’ Union of Canada is hosting its 11th annual competition. A Postcard Story is a short piece of 250 words or less. Grand prize is $500. Open to all writers of all genres.

February 28

Your book must never have been published in any form and you must own all rights to the work. Open to anyone of any age, worldwide. Manuscripts must be a minimum of 40,000 words and a maximum of 150,000, on any subject as long as they are in keeping with the described aims of the Rose & Crown imprint – Christian Inspirational Romance. Cost: £18. First prize £200, second prize £100, plus guaranteed publishing contract offers for both.

March 20

Flash fiction is a wonderfully entertaining thing to read and a challenging thing to write, but the readers of the Fish Anthology love it; this is another chance to get a story, however small, into the anthology. Maximum length 300 words. Entry fee: €12 (online entry), €15 (postal entry). First Prize: €1000.

March 30

No restrictions on style or theme – but poems must be in English and less than 200 words. Entry fee: €12 (online entry), €15 (postal entry). First prize: €1000.

But What Should I Write About...Let's Think

March 31

Winners will have their work published in a limited edition Chapbook and receive 25 copies. Poets: submit up to 15 pages of poetry. Prose: submit fiction or creative non-fiction up to 5000 words. Complete a contest entry form and include the $10 reading fee.

April 30
Short Story Contest and Poetry Contest
San Luis Obispo NightWriters

1st Place $75, 2nd Place $50—for both short story and poetry. Finalists receive certificates.
Contest is open to everyone, but eligible NightWriters will be entered into a drawing for a scholarship to the 2010 Central Coast Writers’ Conference
Entries must be based on the theme: TRUST/BETRAYAL.
Entry Fee: $10 for first story or poem, $5 for each additional story or poem

May 31

Writer’s Studio at SFU’s 1st Book Competition is a national literary contest seeking original, book-length manuscripts in English by emerging Canadian writers who haven’t previously published a book. The winning manuscripts, in each of the three contest categories of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, will be published in 2011 by Anvil Press.


Arc and Geist magazine hope to reinvigorate a Canadian-made form. As always, there are cash prizes, but the poet will be published in Geist, Poetry Is Dead and the Tyee.

February 15

The Victoria Writers’ Society seeks submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, as well as articles & interviews on the craft of writing, for the summer issue of Island Writer Magazine. Submissions are accepted from writers on Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands.


Page Forty-Seven is an online anthology of literary short fiction. We invite original work from new and established writers and pay $25-$75 per story. Please visit our website for guidelines, submission form and sample stories.


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