Short Prose Competition

Congratulations to Barbara Black,
winner of the 2017 Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers

Established in 1993 in honour of the Union’s 20th anniversary, the Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers aims to discover, encourage, and promote new writers of short prose in order to provide opportunity and exposure to developing writers.

A $2500 prize is awarded to a Canadian writer for the best piece of unpublished prose of up to 2500 words in the English language. The Union submits the winning entry and those of the eleven other finalists to three Canadian magazines for consideration.


  • This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have had no more than one book published (traditionally or self-published) in any genre and who are not currently under contract for a second book.
  • Writers not yet published in book format are eligible.
  • Original and unpublished fiction or nonfiction in the English language is eligible.
  • Members and staff of The Writers' Union of Canada are not eligible.

How to Submit

  • The competition runs from December to February each year. Submission guidelines will be posted when the competition opens.
  • Entry fee is $29 per submission. 

Short Prose Competition Winners