Monday, June 17, 2013

A free short story contest & a contest for short stories, plays and poetry

O'Henry, one of the world's most
beloved short story writers
FinalDraft (a manuscript editing service) invites entries for its annual competition: the Tagore-O’Henry Short Story Contest. Length: 100 – 1,500 words. International entries welcome. 
Entry: free. Prize: $500, publication on the FinalDraft website, and social media promotion. Winner will be invited to attend the prize distribution event in Canada. 
Deadline: July 15, 2013.  Guidelines here.

Tagore, Bengali poet and author<
winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize
for literature
The Eden Mills Writers' Festival Literary Contest
Update: 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 (2,500 words max.), a poetry collection (of 5 poems or less), or a one-act play. The best entry in each category will win a $100 $250 prize.

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.

Margaret Atwood chilling at the
Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2006
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.  July 31, 2013
For more information email 

The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar is available by mail. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced writer, if you’re looking for places to send your work, you should put contests on your list. The Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar gives a full listing of contests in Canada arranged by deadline date. It lists contests for short stories, poetry, children’s writing, novels, and non-fiction – contests for just about everyone.  The Calendar costs just $20 at one of Brian Henry's workshops or classes or $23.50 by mail (all taxes and shipping included). 
To order, email

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.


  1. How is this considered "free" when it requires a $15 entry fee per entry?

  2. It's the FinalDraft contest that's free.


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