Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Three writing contests, including a Free poetry contest

The Poetry Foundation Ghana invites entries for inaugural (2013) Ghana Poetry Prize. Prize: $1000. The aim of this prize is to support younger emerging poets. Open to international entrants. Submit up to two poems, 30 lines max. This is a free contest; no entry fee.
Deadline: June 30, 2013. Guidelines here.

The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by art and writing competitions, art magazine publication, and artist and writer directories. Each competition is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media, including paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, poems and stories. Competition winners are included in our publications and directories.

For Writers, Art Ascent currently invites Entries are invited for the Emergence International Literature Competition. First prize: $50. Theme: Mother Earth – environmentalism, spirituality, wellness, cultural unity and responsibility. Entries may include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 500 words). 
Deadline: June 30, 2013. Entry fee: $7. Guidelines here.


The Eden Mills Writers' Festival Literary Contest
Update, June 13, 2013: The deadline for this contest has been extended to July 30 and the prize has been increase to $250.

Open internationally to new and modestly published writers, ages 16-plus. Submit a short story (2500 words max.), poetry collection (of 5 poems or less), or one-act play. The best entry in each category will win a $100 prize.

Margaret Atwood chilling at the Eden Mills
Festival in 2006
Entry Requirements:
Include four copies of each submission.
On a cover page, include title, with your name address, phone number, and email. Name and contact info should not appear on other copies.
Manuscripts will not be returned.
Finalists will be notified prior to the Festival, and winners will be announced at the Festival.
Submission Fee: $15 per entry. Cheques to be made payable to EDEN MILLS WRITERS’ FESTIVAL. A combination of entries may be sent in one envelope with one payment for all entries; e.g.., a short story and a poetry collection, and $30.

To Submit, mail four copies to:
Laurel Marsolais, 39 Bushmills Cres., Guelph, ON  N1K 1T6
Submission deadline: June 30.  
New deadline: July 31, 2013
For more information email or visit

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

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