Monday, April 9, 2012

Canadian Stories: contest deadline May 1; regular submissions accepted year round

Canadian Stories 
P.O. Box 232
Fergus, Ontario
N1M 2W8

From the publisher:
Canadian Stories is a folk magazine featuring family stories, personal experiences and memories of the past. It is written by "ordinary" Canadians sharing material that is extraordinary. Readers identify strongly with our stories and reach back into their own memory banks to find pleasure and strength in their own histories.

In Canadian Stories, you will find excerpts from olden-day memoirs alongside new material set in the present. We have also published essays speculating about the future. We like family stories about pioneer days, and about life during the Great Depression and the World Wars. Country life, the joys of moving, encounters with animals, vacation experiences, the significance of Remembrance Day – these are just some of the themes that have been presented in Canadian Stories.

Traditional, structured poems and free verse sprinkle our pages. Children's stories are welcome; in fact, we have a young writers' page for authors aged ten to nineteen. Some fiction is also offered, particularly if it is Canadian in setting, plot or characters. Any topic is considered as long as it meets our Authors' Guidelines.

We hope you will enjoy Canadian stories and share some of your stories with us.

Ed Janzen Publisher

Contest Categories and prizes:

Creative Non-Fiction


Lin Johns (The Pearl Wearmouth Prize)


D. Larry Haire (The Sullivan/Haire Prize)

True Stories 


The James Franklin McDonald Prize


The Susanna Voth Wiebe Prize

Lest We Forget


The Jean Scott Parsons Prize



The William Wardill Prize


The Bruno Penner Prize



The Alvin Ens Prize

Black & White Line Art


The Harry Buller Prize (R&R Printing Plus)

Self-Published Book


The Ivan Hrvoic Prize (GemSystems)- judged by Mimi Baxter

"Wild Card"


Honorary Mention


Any Category

** A copy of a book by Ruth Latta, or Ed Janzen or an Anthology of CANADIAN STORIES

Deadline: May 1, 2012.
Cost: Each entry must include a $20 cheque made out to CANADIAN STORIES.
Complete rules and entry information here.

Canadian Stories also accepts submissions year round. No payment, but unlike with a contest, it doesn’t cost anything to submit.

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 

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, Newmarket, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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