Our Contest

Thank you to all who entered the 2015-2016 Passages creative writing contest. The submissions were of the highest quality, making it difficult to choose winners. 

Here are the winners: 


First Place, 18 and under: Hailey MacLeod, “Making Connections”

Runner-up, 18 and under: Karuna Vellino, “5 Signs You Are Going to Get Your Heart Broken”

First Place, over 18: Keltie Zubko, “Pipelines, Bloodlines”

Runner-up, over 18: Iris Wilde, “Open Face”


First Place, 18 and under: Lily Inskip-Shesnicky, “Connections”

Runner-up: 18 and under: Sophie Charron, “Once”

First Place, over 18: Dalton Derkson, “akinator hates bliss carman

Runner-up, over 18: Debbie Camelin, “Postcard from Africa”

Congratulations to the winners. 




A poetry and short fiction competition hosted by the Creative Writing Concentration in the Department of English at Carleton University.

This year’s theme: “Encounters with Technology.”

Two age categories: 18 years of age and under/ over 18 years and above

Two writing categories: poetry and short fiction.

Canadian and International Entries Welcome. $10 online entry fee.

First and second-place winners will be featured in a peer-reviewed anthology of prose and poetry published in spring 2016 by In/Words Magazine and Press. They will also receive cash prizes and books donated by House of Anansi Press.

Entries must be previously unpublished.

One entry per person, per category.

Poetry: 1-3 poems (maximum 50 lines per poem)

Short Story: 1 story (maximum 3000 words)

Your name should not appear on or within the body of your submission, as judging is blind. Instead, enter your name and contact information on the online form.


Deadline: February 19, 2016

Winners will be announced March 21, 2016

Judges: Ben Ladouceur (poetry) and Andrew Forbes (short fiction).

For more information and to enter online: carleton.ca/creativewriting/passages







2015-16 Contest Winners

Passages thanks all of the passionate, intelligent, enthusiastic writers who sent in poems and stories in to this inaugural contest.  We were excited and honoured to have received so many submissions.

The judges, Nadia Bozak and Ama Ede, valued and enjoyed all the submissions tremendously. It was difficult to choose winners from among such fine work. Here they are as follows:

Poetry 18 and under:

First Prize, Maria Choi, “Winter Rain” 

Second Prize, Emma Rektor, “September 21st”

Poetry over 18

First Prize, Elaine Coish, “Red”

Second Prize, Carol McGrath, “Shipwrecked” 

Fiction 18 and under

First Prize: Sivan Basha Piatigorsky-Roth, “Honeymoon”

Second Prize:  Kelsey Nowlan, “The Bigger World”

Fiction over 18

First Prize: Ken Leland, “Meant for this World”

Second Prize: Ruth Latta, “They Can’t Understand It”

Thank you all again for sharing your work. Best wishes for your writing.

Nadia Bozak and Travis DeCook

Department of English, Carleton University


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