Category: Contests

Wanted: Full-length plays about faith

Fire Exit Theatre invites entries for their new play competition Scripts on Fire. The theatre aims to create conversations around faith: what you believe and don’t believe about God and death and life and all that happens in between. Open to full-length plays written by residents of Canada. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Lit and art intersections wanted for chapbook series

Antenna::Room 220 is soliciting proposals for their chapbook series. Selected projects receive a $300 stipend (to be split among the authors/artists/collaborators) and free copies. Theme: the investigation of the intersections and collaborative possibilities between literature and art (defined and interpreted broadly). Submissions can be either fully fleshed out, in process, or in the incubation stage. Open to content of any kind; however preference given to publications that interpret ideas through the lens of New Orleans. Deadline: November 30, 2016.

Wanted: Writing about mothering in austere times

Demeter Press invites submissions for an anthology, When All Else Fails: Motherhood in Precarious Times. Submit poetry (to 250 words), fiction (1500-3000 words), essays and creative nonfiction (3000-5000 words) exploring the present, past and future of mothers/mothering in times of austerity and upheaval. Send abstracts and submissions to editors Dannielle Joy Davis (, Anita Dolman (, and Barbara Schwartz-Bechet ( Deadline is for non-fiction abstracts (250-500 words), poetry and fiction. Deadline: November 15, 2016 (extended).

Poetry & fiction contest with $1600 in prizes

tetheredbylettersTethered by Letters invites entries for the F(r)iction 2016 Fall Writing Contest. Three categories: short stories of any genre ranging (1000-7500 words), flash fiction (750 words max.), and poetry (up to three pages). Prizes: $1000 for fiction and $300 for poetry and flash. Winners also published in a future issue of F(r)iction. Encourages submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style. Entry fees. Deadline: November 1, 2016.

Spooky writing wanted for arts magazine

art ascent coverArtAscent is seeking submissions on the theme of “spooky.” Looking for stories, poetry, and artwork that is eerie, haunting, sinister, ghostly, uneasy, frightening, uncanny, dark, hidden, unearthy, mysterious or weird. Selected pieces are published online and in print, and marketed in social media. Submission fees: $10-$45. Deadline: October 31, 2016.

Poetry, fiction, CNF contest with $4500 in prizes

the malahat review coverThe Malahat Review (Victoria, BC) invites entries for its annual Open Season Awards in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. First prize in each category: $1500. Each submission must be either 3 poems; a 2500-word fiction story; or a 2500-word creative nonfiction piece. Entry fee is $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: November 1, 2016.