Short Prose Competition

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

A $2500 prize will be awarded to a Canadian writer for the best piece of unpublished prose of up to 2500 words in the English language. The winning entry and those of the eleven other finalists will be submitted 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 in any genre (traditionally or self-published) and who are not currently under contract for a second book. Writers not yet published in book format are also 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 Original and unpublished fiction or nonfiction in the English language is eligible.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. Entry fee is $29 per submission. The competition runs from December to February, and submission guidelines are published at that time.

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