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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, including a logline, synopsis and critique, costs an extra $100. Deadlines: January 4, February 1, March 10, April 15 and April 29.

Even Year: The Malahat Review Novella Prize is offered every other year (on even years) for the best previously unpublished 10 000 – 20 000 word fiction novella.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) 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Odd Year: The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize is offered every other year (on odd years) for the best previously unpublished long poems.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) are offered. Entry Fee (includes one year subscription): $35 for first entry, $15 per additional entry. Deadline: Post-dated February 1.

The Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award is open to any Canadian or resident-of-Canada student or newly practicing journalist (two years or less) who has a science feature in basic or applied science or technology, historical or current, in any area, that was published in print, broadcast or online during 2015. Entrants must submit a 150 word or less description of the entry, a 150 words or less biography of the writer(s) and a confirmation of the date the entry was published, broadcast or presented. Entries will be judged on originality, literary excellence, scientific content and accuracy, initiative, clarity of interpretation, significance and relevance to the majority of the public, and value in promoting greater understanding of science by the general reader. The winner receives a $500 (CAN) award presented at the awards dinner at the CSWA annual conference in Guelph. Entry Fee: Free. Deadline: February 15.

The Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Short Short Story Contest is offered annually for a full story of any genre and up to 300 words. Ten stories will be published in an anthology. First prize is €1,000. Second prize is an online writing course with Fish. The ten published authors will receive five copies of the anthology each and will be invited to read at the launch during the West Cork Literary Festival. A €30 critique service is also offered. Entry Fee: First entry €14, each subsequent entry €8. Deadline: February 28.

The CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize is offering $6000 (CAN), publication and a 10-day writing residency at The Banff Centre (four runner-ups receive $1000 and publication) to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada for a generally accessible, unpublished work of creative nonfiction between 1200 and 1500 words. Creative nonfiction includes memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing, and feature articles. Events must be real and facts true, but characterization, plot, setting, dialogue, narrative and personal reflection may be in the writer’s voice and opinion. Entry Fee: $25. Deadline: February 29.

Latest update: 2016

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