Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers Submissions

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$29.00 CAD

Ends on 3/1/2015


22nd Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers

$2,500 PRIZE

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until March 1, 2015 for the 22nd Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an author not published in book format.


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


Writers Arno Kopecky, Donna Morrissey, and Uma Parameswaran will serve as the jury.


This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have not had a book published in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or non-fiction is eligible.


  • Go to to fill out the application form and upload your entry.

  • Submissions will be accepted online only.

  • Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5" x 11" paper, 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 March 1, 2015 to be eligible.

The Writers' Union of Canada - Workshop on Publishing

Hey Vancouver & Victoria writers, this workshop on publishing may interest you:

PD Workshops

REGISTER NOW: Publishing 2.0 - Tips and Traps
(2014-2015 PD Workshops Series)

Already an author? Join the Writers' Union of Canada (members get discounted admission to our workshops).

Whether you are an aspiring, emerging, or an established writer, the ever-changing publishing landscape can be daunting. If you want to learn the skills needed to succeed in today's publishing landscape, the traditional and/or independent route, then this full-day workshop is for you.

Publishing 2.0 has already been presented in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax - and the feedback says it all:

"Excellent," "comprehensive," "informed and witty," experience-rich," "inspiring!"

Participants will leave the workshop having gained the know-how and confidence to work within the current publishing landscape, and an expanded, inspired sense of what it means to be an independent writer in today's world.

TWUC Member and award-winning author Caroline Adderson presents the Traditional Path to Publication

  • working with an agent (how this relationship may be changing)
  • keys to a successful submission
  • contract terms for print and electronic rights
  • working with an in-house editor
  • involvement in the publishing process
  • working with an in-house publicist

TWUC member, traditionally published AND self-published author Mary W. Walters will speak to the growing practice of Independent Publication

  • options for funding, including crowdsourcing
  • print on demand and e-book formats
  • being your own editor or hiring an editor
  • managing your digital rights
  • the importance of metadata
  • doing the design work
  • pricing and selling/distribution
  • self-promotion

John Degen, executive director of The Writers’ Union of Canada will host the workshop and discuss the current publishing and bookselling landscape, including important issues for writers such as contract terms, royalty rates, and copyright.

A web-based video presentation of this workshop will be prepared and offered for sale at a later date.

All workshops (except Toronto) run from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm and lunch is provided. The Toronto workshop includes a weekend pass to the Toronto International Book Fair. Lunch will not be served in Toronto - instead participants will be given a two hour break to enjoy the book fair.

Our 2014-15 cities will be:

  • Whitehorse, YK  Thursday, September 4, Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, 1171 1 Avenue (Registration now closted)
  • Saskatoon, SK  Monday, September 15, University of Saskatchewan, Marquis Hall, 97 Campus Drive, Private Dining Room (Registration now closted)
  • Edmonton, AB  Wednesday, September 17, University of Alberta, Lister Centre/Conference Centre, 87th  Avenue & 116 Street, Alberta Room (Registration now closted)
  • Toronto, ON, Friday, November 14, as part of INSPIRE! The Toronto International Book Fair. Register for the Toronto event here.
  • Victoria, BC March 4, 2015, Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard Street
  • Vancouver, BC  March 6, 2015, Harbour Centre, 1400 -1420 Segal Centre, 515 West Hastings Street

The Vancouver workshop is sponsored by SFU Continuing Studies' Creative Writing Program.

Cost of the one-day workshop is $95 (TWUC members admitted at the discount rate of $80).