I’ve posted about a lot of writing contests in the past, but have never followed through on entering any of them.
Well, that’s going to change. While I’m not going to enter all of them, I am going to grow a pair and enter at least one, which is pretty major: the CBC Short Story prize. I’ll try to ignore the voice in my head telling me that there’s going to be far far far more talented writers than I and that I will probably have a better chance of being George Clooney’s next lay than winning at least third prize. And if I don’t follow through with this, I will let you come over to my house and punch me in the organ of your choice.* Though punching me in the liver would be pretty pointless, as would my brain, ’cause both have already suffered enough damage as it is. Okay, how about my uterus? I have no use for that thing.
Or instead, you can join me in entering. Who knows? Your story might win over mine**!
I know I’ve posted details about this contest in particular before, but the following is much much more detailed. Because, well, they’re screen caps. Or you could just mosey on over here.
*not a guarantee
**not bloody likely
Join me! I WILL finish and submit a story this time, I swear!
- Deadline: Sunday, Feburary 27, 2011
- Entrants must be a resident of Ontario, and at least 16 years old
- One entry per person, max 2,500 words
- Must include 25-30 word biographical sketch on separate piece of paper
- NO ENTRY FEE!!!
- 1st prize: $5,000 + tuition fee for Humber School Writers 2011 Correspondence Program in Creative Writing (approx. $3,000 value)
- 2nd prize: $2,000
- 3rd prize: $1,000
- Winners will be announced April 15, 2011
I actually have ideas for several stories I want to submit. So what I’m going to do is write them all and pick the one I like best. I will post the non-submitted ones, in case posting the one I do submit is against contest rules. Yeah, except I don’t have time for that as the contest deadline is in like two and a half weeks. So I’ll just have to mull over my ideas and pick one, maybe two.
Good luck! (But not that good; I wanna win!)
Yeah. Fiction writing contests in Canada are AWESOME. Not only do you have to PAY THEM to enter, but the prize money, for the most part, can barely cover a monthly bus pass. (But COULD buy you several bottles of wine.)
Don’t these people know that I’m a wanna-be writer, aka, broke?! Sheesus. Guess I’ll have to write about sparkly vampires or a wizard boarding school to fulfill my dream of installing an Olympic-sized pool that I can fill with money, and a champagne fountain.
Anyway, these contests come from The Canadian Writer’s Market, which is a really good resource for freelance writers. And judging from the content, non-fiction writing is far more lucrative than fiction writing, *Sigh*.
If you see me on the street, please be kind enough to drop a quarter or two in my threadbare Starbucks cup.
www.subterrain.ca (site has not yet updated for 2011 contest; I assume they will)
- Deadline: May 15
- Length: not sure; perhaps the site provides guidelines? Sorry I didn’t look; just copied and pasted the link to the site. Told ya I was lazy!!
- 3 categories – fiction, poetry & non-fiction
- 1st Place Prize: $750 + publication in future issue of magazine
- 2nd Place Prize: $250 + publication in future issue of magazine
- Entry fee: $25
- Note: familiarize yourself with the magazine to get a sense of the audience. Good luck finding a copy. I suggest Chapters. Though all who enter get a FREE 1-year subscription, so if you don’t win at least you get a head start to try again next year!
Finding The Right Words Flash Fiction Contest
- Deadline: July 21
- Length: 500 words
- Theme: see website
- 1st Place Prize: $60 + publication in InkSpotter News
- 2nd Place Prize: $30 + publication in InkSpotter News
- Entry fee: $2
…Shit. I thought there was more contests than that. I mean, there ARE more than that but the contests aren’t until, like fall. I could post those ones as well – it’s never too early to start – but I. AM. LAZY.
And, there IS another contest for this month, but the deadline is February 14th. You could risk it, seeing that the required word length is 250, dash it off in a day and mail it. Failing that, Fed-Ex it? But who wants to pay MORE MONEY to submit something to a contest that you have to pay $5 enter?!
You see? THIS IS WHY WRITERS ARE BROKE!!
Keep in mind I’m three days behind schedule:
It’s a sad amount of words in general, never mind that my ideal word count, PER DAY, is supposed to be about 1500 words. But at least I’m doin’ it! 🙂
Here’s my profile. I may write some more tonight; if so, I will update on my word count.