Calls & Contests

Here is a list of venues actively looking for contributors. Always read the submission guidelines carefully. Editors can dismiss you if your submission is too long or not formatted correctly. 


Arc Poetry Magazine’s  Poem of the Year Contest and  Diane Brebner Prize.

The Carleton University Writing Competition: Accepting submission in multiple categories including prose, poetry, and spoken word/ performance poetry. Cash prizes! Deadline: December 18, 2014.

The Canadian Authors Association National Capital Writing Contest opens the first Friday of February each year. Details will be posted in November.

Broken Pencil The Nub Short Story Contest. The theme is “Unearth Your Underworld.” Deadline: November 20th, 2014

Quattro Books: Poetry Contest 2015. Quattro Books is a local publisher specializing in novellas and poetry. They host the Ken Klonsky novella contest as well (closed until spring 2015).


In/Words Magazine and Press is accepting admissions until September 30th in multiple categories.

The Diaspora Dialogues Mentoring Program deadline is October 31. A great chance to get your work published if it is about Toronto and has a “multicultural” theme.

Glimmer Train is an excellent US literary journal known for promoting new writers via their ongoing contests and calls for stories for “themed” issues:

Places for Writers is an updated, comprehensive list of contests and journal calls for writers of all levels and genres. Many posts are for Canadian and small presses.

Here is just one call from “Places for Writers” for Montreal’s bi-weekly poetry magazine, Lantern

The Moth “True Stories Told Live” is actively looking for contributors to their website and Radio Hour.




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