26th Annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers

$2,500 PRIZE

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that the submissions deadline for the 26th Annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writersare has been extended until February 25, 2019 . 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. 


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


Authors Peter Dubé, Norma Dunning, and Pamela Mordcai 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 Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or nonfiction is eligible. Members and staff of The Writers' Union of Canada are not eligible.


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.

  • Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.
  • 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 15, 2019 to be eligible.

  Results will be posted at in late spring 2019.

The Writers' Union of Canada