Don’t forget to check out our standing competitions catalogue for any competitions due this month.
The Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition annually offers screenwriters up to $10 000 (US) to the grand winner and $500 to several genre winners, and promotes, pitches and pushes all winners and semifinalists for a year. Short screenplays, up to 40 pages, could win $2000. Entry Fee: This varies by deadline and length of screenplay, ranging from $45 for long script and $25 for short script in January to $65 for long script and $45 for short script in April. Feedback, of 4-5 pages, for long scripts, includes a logline, synopsis and critique, and costs an extra $115. Deadlines: January 5, February 1, March 8, April 16 and April 30.
Even Year: The Malahat Review Novella Prize is offered every other year (on even years) for the best previously unpublished 10 000 – 20 000 word fiction novella. One prize of $1500 (CAN) and possible nomination for the National Magazine Awards for Fiction and the O. Henry Prize is offered. Entry Fee (includes one year subscription): $35 for first entry, $15 per additional entry. Deadline: Post-dated February 1.
Odd Year: The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize is offered every other year (on odd years) for the best previously unpublished long poems. Two prizes of $1000 (CAN) (and more, including possible nomination for the National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize) are offered. A long poem can be a single poem or cycle of poems that is between 10 to 20 pages in length, each up to 36 lines including breaks between stanzas. Each poem in a cycle must begin on a new page. Entry Fee (includes one year subscription): $35 for first entry, $15 per additional entry. Deadline: Post-dated February 1.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize is looking for the best first-edition Canadian novel or collection of short stories written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and published in English, either originally, or in translation. It is a publisher-nominated $100 000 (CAN) literary prize — $100 000 to the winner and $10 000 to each of the finalists. In the event that a translation is shortlisted, the author will receive $7000, the translator(s) $3000. If the translation wins, $70 000 will be awarded to the author and $30 000 will be awarded to the translator(s). Entries (finished books or galleys) are nominated based on their publication date. The number of books a publisher can nominate will depend on that imprint’s inclusion on longlists and shortlists over the history of the prize. The novel or collection must carry an ISBN number and be available for sale in retail/book stores across Canada. Print-on-demand only, online-sale only, self-published, young adult or graphic novels/comic, or posthumous books or collections are ineligible. Seven copies of each (hard copy) entry must be submitted. Entry Fee: Nominating publisher pays $1500 per nomination that is shortlisted. Deadline: February 15, April 15, June 15, August 15 depending on when the publication is. All titles most be scheduled for publication between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018.
The Writer’s Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers is offering one prize of $2500 (CAN), plus submission (of the 12 finalist works) to three magazines, to Canadians, who have published no more than one book and who are not currently under contract for a second book, for a work of unpublished nonfiction or fiction prose up to 2500 words. Entry Fee: $29. Deadline: February 15.
The Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Prize is looking for fiction of any theme or style up to 300 words. The top ten stories will be published in the 2018 Fish Anthology; the winners will each receive five copies of the anthology and an invitation to read at its launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July. First prize is €1000. Second is an online writing course with Fish. Fish holds publishing rights for one year after publication, after which publishing rights revert to the author. Entry Fee: Online: €14 (€8 for subsequent entries), €30 with a critique. Post: €16 (€10 for subsequent entries), €32 with critique. Deadline: February 28.
The CBC Nonfiction Prize is searching for original, unpublished nonfiction — memoirs, biographies, personal narratives, humour writing, essays (including personal essays), narrative nonfiction, speeches, travel writing, journalism, academic (including articles, reference books, textbooks and lab reports), how-tos (including owner’s manuals and self-help books) and feature articles — between 1200 and 1800 words on any topic from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The winner receives $6000 (CAN) from the Canadian Council for the Arts, attends a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and gets his or her story published on CBC Books and in Air Canada enRoute magazine. Each of four finalists receives $1000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and gets his or her story published on CBC Books. Entry Fee: $25. Start: January 1. Deadline: February 28.
Latest update: 2018