Monday, November 7, 2011

The 2011 Canadian Tales of the Mysterious Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2011 Canadian Tales of the Mysterious Short Story Competition. To be considered, a story must have two things: First, it must contain an element of Mystery; second, it must be identifiably Canadian. An element of Mystery is self-explanatory, but what is ‘Identifiably Canadian’? If the story is written by a Canadian or written about Canadians or takes place in Canada, then it meets the ‘Identifiably Canadian’ condition.

Prizes and Publication:
First place pays $500. Second place pays $150 and the third pays $100. Ten Honourable mention prizes of $25 will also be awarded.

All winning entries will be published by Red Tuque Books in the upcoming anthology, Canadian Tales Of The Mysterious. Winners will alos receive a complementary copy of the anthology.

Submission Requirements:
Deadline: postmarked by December 31st, 2011.

The entry fee is $15 for one manuscript, $25 for two, or $30 for three. Three is the maximum number of manuscripts that can be submitted by any one author. The judging is blind, so it is possible for one author to have up to three winning entries.

All manuscripts must be original, unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, between 1,500 and 5,000 words. The word count is strict and stories that have been published online are considered previously published.

Full contest rules here. Visit Red Tuque's homepage here.

See Brian Henry's 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, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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