Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Prose and Poetry wanted

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Writers Union of Canada Short Prose Competition

The Writers' Union of Canada invites submissions to its 30th annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers.

A $2,500 prize is awarded to a Canadian writer for the best piece of unpublished prose of up to 2,500 words in the English language. The Union submits the winning entry and those of the eleven other finalists to three Canadian magazines for consideration. In addition, the winning and finalist entries receive feedback on their submissions. 

Entry fee: $29

Deadline: February 17, 2023. Full guidelines here.

Triangulation is an annual short fiction anthology produced by Parsec Ink. since 2003. Each year a new theme is chosen and writers are invited to contribute from around the globe. Stories may be up to 5,000 words, but 3,000 is the sweet spot. This year, the theme is automation.

“Automation simplifies our lives, to the point where a production facility is so automated it makes no sense wasting energy to run lights. These “dark factories” are currently present in the auto industry, the electronics industry, and even the robotics industry itself. What does the world look like when jobs are automated to the point that the labor force is non-existent? We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror – from both new and established writers.

Deadline: February 28, 2023. Full guidelines here.

Triangulation also has an annual short story contest for non-professional writers. This year’s theme: Preserve or Purge. Word count: 3,500 maximum. Prizes: $200, $100and $50, plus a $50 prize for a youth entry.

Deadline: May 1, 2023. Guidelines here.  


The Suspect We,
poetry by Roxanne Bennett & Shane Neilson

Palimpsest Press 

1171 Eastlawn Ave
Windsor, Ontario 

Palimpsest publishes full-length poetry, literary fiction, and non-fiction titles that deal with poetics, cultural criticism, and literary biography. "We look for poetry that displays technical mastery, precise language, and an authentic voice, and fiction that is rich in imagery, well crafted, and focused on character development. Our non-fiction titles are essays or memoirs written by poets, and books that examine Canadian poetry and the Canadian cultural landscape.

Poetry collections should be 70–100 pages. Fiction and nonfiction have no page requirements. You must have been substantially published in literary journals.

Payment: Royalties. 

Submission period: January 1 – March 31, but for BIPOC, deaf and disabled authors, submissions are accepted year-round. Submission guidelines here.


Qwerty literary journal is published by students at the University of New Brunswick. Qwerty seeks fiction and creative nonfiction (up to 5,000 words), poetry (submit up to 6 pages of poetry at a time, with each poem starting on a new page, artwork and photography, and reviews and interviews, but for these query first at: qwertymagazine@gmail.conm  

Pays $15 Canadian.

Open for submissions during school year, September through March. Full submission guidelines here.


Quick Brown Fox welcomes your short stories, poems, and essays about reading, writing, favourite books, and libraries. Read a few essays on the blog to get a taste of what other writers have done (see here and scroll down).

Quick Brown Fox also welcomes reviews of any kind and of anything, anywhere or anybody. If you want to review your favourite coffee shops or libraries, babysitters or lovers (no real names please), go for it. See examples of book reviews here (and scroll down); other reviews here (and scroll down).

Submit to:

Include a short bio at the end of your piece and attach a photo of yourself.

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