Monday, January 23, 2012

Ascent Aspirations Yearly Anthology Contest & a Children's Story Contest

Yearly Anthology Contest for poetry (60 lines maximum) and flash fiction (maximum 800 words).

Our theme is disorders. These disorders can be for example alcohol/substance abuse, anxiety, bipolar, depression, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, disociative disorders, sexual disorders, sleep disorders and on and on.

We are looking for poetry and flash fiction that touches on this theme in any way and comments on the human condition. The writer can interpret the theme very broadly and come at it from whatever direction he or she wishes.

Deadline: January 31, 2012
Entry fee: $5 for one poem or $10 for 3; $10 for flash fiction
Prizes in each category: $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, $25 for 3rd, and six $10 honorable mentions, plus all thrity-two winners and honorable mentions will receive a free copy of the anthology.
Entry information and complete contest rules here.

Children's Story Contest
Stories should be directed to ages 9 to 12 and be approximately 1,500 words. Ten stories will be published in a special anthology with a prize of $200 for the best entry.

Deadline March 31, 2012. Entry fee: $10

After selection, artists-in-residence from T.O.S.H. (The Old School House) will create fine art works to represent the stories. Our goal is to produce a special book that will give children great stories and exposure to a range of contemporary and original artistic styles. All profits will go to support T.O.S.H., a non-profit community arts centre in Qualicum Beach, BC.
Entry information and full contest rules here.

In addition to publishing an annual print anthology, Ascent Aspirations publishes a monthly journal on-line. Ascent Aspirations accepts unsolicited manuscripts of:

Short Fiction, 1,000 words or less, on literary, science fiction, fantasy and horror or dark main stream
Poetry, preferably short enough to fill a page. (We do not publish long multi-page poems
Short Essays (1000 words or less) on life and the human condition
Reviews of current published works
Visual Art, (Paintings or Photographs) Send 8 jpgs for an exhibit with a bio and a photo.

Submit by email to:   Full submission guidelines here.

For information about all the annual writing contests in Canada, order the Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar. Just $23.50 including all taxes and shipping. For details email
More about the Contest Calendar here.

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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