28th Annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers

$2,500 PRIZE

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to launch its 28th Annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or nonfiction, written by an author with no more than one book published. The deadline for entries is February 12, 2021


$2,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines.


Authors Madeline Coopsammy, Derek Mascarenhas, and Suzanne Methot will serve as the jury.


This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have had no more than one book published in any genre (traditionally or self-published) and who are not currently under contract for a second book. Writers not published in book format are also eligible. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or nonfiction is eligible. Writers may submit multiple entries.


Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5" x 11" pages, saved as either a Word document or PDF.

  • This competition is judged anonymously. Ensure your entry does not include your name or other identifying information (other than the title).
  • Payment will be made online on Submittable when uploading your entry. Multiple entries are accepted, $29 per entry.
  • Payment may be made through PayPal or by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express).
  • Entries must be received electronically by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on February 12, 2021 to be eligible.

 Results will be posted at in late spring 2021.

The Writers' Union of Canada