Monday, April 5, 2010

The Muskoka Short Story Contest & The Saving Bannister poetry contest

The Muskoka Short Story Contest
The Blank Page Writers' Group has partnered with Metroland North Media to create a brand new short story contest for year-round and seasonal residents of Muskoka. (Must be age 18 or older. Current members of the Gravenhurst Blank Page Writers are ineligible.

Note: As this is a new contest, restricted to Muskoka people, they’re not getting a lot of entries, which means you’ve got a better chance of winning.

Enter short stories of up to 2,500 words. All genres welcome. No essays please. Subject matter does NOT have to be about Muskoka or set in Muskoka.
Deadline May 10
Fee: $10
First prize: $100, second: $50, third: $25.
The names of the prize winners and honourable mentions will appear in Sideroads of Muskoka Magazine. The 1st prize winning story will be published in Sideroads of Muskoka summer edition.
Full contest details here.

The photo of the the wild turkey is from the very cool blog,  "Muskoka View" is from  

Note: The Blank Page Writers are sponsoring a “How to Get Published” led by Brian Henry in Gravenhurst on April 17. Details here.
The Saving Bannister 25th annual poetry contest
"Does your poetry speak volumes?"

The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is pleased to announce "The Saving Bannister" 25th Annual Poetry Anthology Contest. For the past 25 years, Canadian Authors has had the honour of bringing the best of Ontario's aspiring poets into the spotlight with its series of anthologies. This year, it is awarding cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50 to the top three finalists.

This contest is open to all Ontario residents. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Print should be black in 12 pt Times New Roman on 8.5 x 11 inch white bond paper, one side only, one poem per page. Line lengths exceeding 44 characters may be broken at the discretion of the committee. Poems over 65 lines in length (including spaces between stanzas) will not be accepted.

The entrant's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and titles of the poem(s) should appear on the cover page only. The number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology.

Please include the following with each entry: (1) poem(s), (2) a cover page, (3) a cheque or money order: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem, payable to the "Canadian Authors Association - Niagara Branch." Mail entries to:

Canadian Authors Association - Niagara
The Saving Bannister Poetry Anthology Contest
c/o 1457 Niagara River Parkway
Fort Erie, ON, L2A 5M4.

Entrants should indicate where they heard about the contest. Submissions will not be returned. However, poets without internet access may include a SASE for replies. Only poets included in the anthology will be notified.
The deadline for entries is May 31, 2010.
Contest results will be posted online at
For more info see:
For all inquiries:

Note: For information about all the annual writing contests in Canada, order The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar. Details here.
For information about Brian Henry's writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.

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