Short Prose Competition

$2,500 Prize

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until March 1, 2016 for the 23rd 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 author not yet published in book format.

Entry Fee: $29 per entry paid through Submittable.

Deadline: March 1, 2016


Writers Gail Bowen, Shauntay Grant, and Eric Siblin will serve as the jury.

Eligible Writers

  • Canadian citizens or landed immigrants
  • All writers who have not been published in book format, in any genre and who do not have a contract with a book publisher

Eligible Entries

  • Nonfiction and fiction prose; up to 2,500 words, English language
  • Not previously published in any format
  • Multiple submissions are welcome

How to Submit Entries

  • Go to (or click on the button below) to fill out the application form and upload your entry.
  • Submissions will be accepted online only.
  • Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5" x 11" paper, saved as either a Word document or PDF.
  • Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.
  • Payment will be made online on Submittable when uploading your entry. Multiple entries are accepted, $29 per entry.
  • Payment may be made through PayPal or by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express).
  • Entries must be received electronically by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on March 1, 2016 to be eligible.


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