Island Verse Story Lab invites entries for the Lily’s Pond Poetry Prize. Submit chapbook length poetry manuscripts, 22–28 pages. Winner receives $100 honorarium, publication by Island Verse Editions, and 25 author copies. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: November 30, 2016.
ArtAscent 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.
The 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.
Entries are open for the Vancouver Writers Fest’s Short Story & Poetry Contest. Prizes awarded to the top two entries in poetry (500 words max.) and fiction (1500 words max.) Fiction first prize: Free tuition for an upcoming online course offered by UBC Creative Writing + $300 cash prize + publication. Poetry first prize: $500 cash prize + publication. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 23, 2016.
Sequestrum is open to entries for the second annual New Writer Awards. Prizes total $500. Submit prose (fiction & creative nonfiction up to 12000 words) and poetry (up to 3 poems); $200 first prize in each category. $15 entry fee. Deadline: October 15, 2016.
Entries are invited for the annual Saints & Sinners Short Fiction Contest. Theme: LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” First prize: $500. Top stories published in an anthology (book release party/reading at 14th annual Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival March 22-26, 2017). Length: 4000-7000 words. Open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: October 3, 2016.
PRISM Magazine (BC) invites entires for the the inaugural Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction. First prize: $1500 grand prize; $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up. Max. word count: 6000. Entry fees: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: January 15, 2017.
PRISM International invites entries for the inaugural Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. First prize: $1500 grand prize ($600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up). Up to three poems per entry (100 lines max per poem). Entry fees: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: October 15, 2016.