January 23, 2018

2017 National Poetry and Short Story Contest

Entry closes on July 31, 2017. No entry fee.

2017 National Poetry and Short Story Summer Contests


Polar Expressions Publishing is inviting poetry and short story entries from Canadian citizens or residents of all ages. There is no entry fee and cash prize includes over $3,500 and other prizes. There is a separate division for young writers, too (15 and under).

Deadline:
July 31, 2017

According to the Polar Expressions Publishing website, the guidelines are provided below:

SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE or email, fax, or mail your entry along with a printed and completed entry form or reasonable facsimile.

Writers who are successful in the first round will receive a letter of congratulations to their home address in September, along with an author’s release they need to sign (or have their parent/guardian sign if applicable) and return or they will not be published. They will then move forward to the final round of judging to possibly win one of the prizes listed below.


Prizes

16 & Over (poetry & short story):
First prize: $500.00
Second prize: $250.00
Third prize: $100.00
And . . . ten honourable mentions for each contest!
Young writers division (15 & under – poetry & short story):
First prize: $200.00
Second prize: $100.00
Third prize: $50.00
And . . . ten honourable mentions for each contest!

All first-, second-, and third-prize winners will receive a free copy of the anthology featuring their entry, as well as those who receive honourable mentions .

Rules

  • All work must be original and should not have been previously published (online postings should be removed prior to submission).
  • Please do not submit work already sent to other contests or publications for consideration (aka no simultaneous submissions).
  • You may enter one poem and/or one short story only!
  • We prefer each entry to be typed on an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of white paper using 12-pt Arial or another plain font.
  • Poems must be 48 lines or less.
  • Short stories must be 750 words or less. Fanfiction and essays are not permitted. Characters must be of your own creation. Stories should be fiction or fictionalized (change the names of real characters)!
  • At this time entries should be in English or accompanied by an English translation.
  • SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE or send your entry along with a printed, completed, and scanned entry form or reasonable facsimile.
  • Please retain a copy of all work submitted as we are unable to return anything. Any topic or style is acceptable.

For more details, please visit: http://polarexpressions.ca/SummerContests.html

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