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Your Guide to Winter/Spring 2014 Magazine Writing Contests

It’s that time of year again. The calendar has rolled over, winter closes in around you, and all you want to do is write, write, write. The National Magazine Awards Foundation’s annual winter/spring contest guide is back, and in fact bigger than ever, as more Canadian magazines and writers organizations are offering prizes, publication and recognition for great new talent in poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.

As always, the list below may be incomplete. Leave a comment here, or pull us aside on Twitter (@MagAwards) if you know of any we missed.

Prism International Short Fiction & Poetry Contests
Section: Fiction; Poetry
Deadline: January 23, 2014
Prize: $2000 (1st); $300 (2nd); $200 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $35; includes subscription
Detailshttp://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

Matrix Magazine Robert Kroetsch Poetry Award
Section: Fiction; Poetry
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Prize: $500 + publication
Entry Fee: $30
Detailshttp://matrixmagazine.org/rkaward/

Dalhousie Review Short Fiction Contest
Section: Fiction
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Prize: $750 (1st); $250 (2nd); publication
Entry Fee: $30
Detailshttp://dalhousiereview.dal.ca/contest.html

CBC Canada Writes Creative Non-Fiction Prize
Section: Non-fiction (1200-1500 words)
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Prize: $6000 + publication in enRoute + Banff Centre residency (1st); $1000 each to 4 runners up
Entry Fee: $25
Details:
http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/nonfiction/index.html

Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Contest
Section: Poetry
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Prize: $5000
Entry Fee: $32; includes subscription
Detailshttp://arcpoetry.ca/?p=7349

The Malahat Review Novella Prize
Section: Fiction
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Prize: $1500 (1st)
Entry Fee: $35
Detailshttp://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/novella_contest/info.html

10th annual Geist Literary Postcard Contest
Section: Very short fiction or non-fiction (500 words)
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Prize: $500 (1st); $250 (2nd); $150 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $20; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.geist.com/articles/postcard-contest/

Atlantic Writing Competition
Sections: Creative Non-fiction; Poetry; Short Fiction; Drama
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Prize: Various
Entry Fee: $20 – $35
Detailshttp://writers.ns.ca/awards-competitions.html

The New Quarterly Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest
Section: Poetry
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Prize: $1000 + publication (1st); other prizes for runners up
Entry Fee: $40 (for first 2 poems; $5 each for additional); includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.tnq.ca/contests

The Capilano Review Poetry Contest
Section: Poetry
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Prize: Three prizes of $250
Entry Fee: $35; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.thecapilanoreview.ca/contests/

Writers Union of Canada Short Prose Competition
Section: Non-fiction
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Prize: $2500 + assistance with publication
Entry Fee: $29
Detailshttp://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose-competition

Writers’ Trust RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
Section: Fiction
Deadline: March 7, 2014
Prize: $5000 (1st); $1000 (each of 2 Honourable Mentions)
Entry Fee: None
Details: Writers’ Trust website

Writers’ Trust Student Non-Fiction Contest
Section: Non-fiction (open to high school students only)
Deadline: March 14, 2014
Prize: $2500 + trip to Toronto (1st); $500 (2nd); $250 (3rd)
Entry Fee: None
Detailshttp://writerstrust.com/students

The New Quarterly Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest
Section: Non-fiction
Deadline: March 28, 2014
Prize: $1000 + publication
Entry Fee: $40; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.tnq.ca/contests

Narrative Magazine Winter 2014 Short Story Contest
Sections: Non-fiction and Fiction
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Prize: $2,500 (1st); $1000 (2nd); $500 (3rd); $100 (finalist)
Entry Fee: $22
Detailshttp://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/238622
Notes: Entries may be short fiction or literary nonfiction, including essays, memoirs, or any other form of unpublished manuscript, with a word limit of 15,000. All are judged in the same pool.

Grain magazine Short Grain Writing Contest
Sections: Fiction; Poetry
Deadline: April 1, 2014
Prize: $1000 (1st); $750 (2nd); $500 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $35; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.grainmagazine.ca/contest.html

CV2 2-Day Poem Contest
Sections: Poetry
Deadline: April 4, 2014 (registration; competition is held April 12-13)
Prize: $500 (1st); $300 (2nd); $150 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $26; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.contemporaryverse2.ca/en/contests/2-day-poem-contest

Event magazine Creative Non-Fiction Contest
Section: Non-fiction
Deadline: April 15, 2014
Prize: $1500 in total cash prizes; publication
Entry Fee: $34.95; includes subscription
Detailshttp://eventmags.com/contest-2014/

CBC Canada Writes Poetry Prize
Section: Poetry
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Prize: $6000 + publication in enRoute + Banff Centre residency (1st); $1000 each to 4 runners up
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/poetry/index.html

The Malahat Review Far Horizons Poetry Prize
Section: Poetry
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Prize: $1000
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/far_horizons_poetry/info.html

Sub-Terrain Lush Triumphant Literary Awards
Sections: Creative Non-fiction; Fiction; Poetry
Deadline: May 15, 2014
Prize: $3000 in total prizes; publication
Entry Fee: $27.50; includes subscription
Detailshttp://subterrain.ca/about/103/lush-2013-awards-open+for+entries

The New Quarterly Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award
Section: Fiction
Deadline: May 28, 2014
Prize: $1000 + publication
Entry Fee: $40; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.tnq.ca/contests

Did we miss one? Send us a note or grab us on Twitter @MagAwards. We’ll update this post throughout the winter and spring as more contests are announced. Others to be announced this spring include the Quebec Writing Competition and Room Magazine contests.

Find more awards, prizes and contests for magazine journalism on the Awards and Contests pages of this blog.

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A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines
Your Guide to Fall Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Summer Magazine Writing Contests

NMA laureates vie for Governor General’s Awards

Canadian book award season continues today with the presentation of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, better known as the GGs, in Ottawa, and several former National Magazine Award winners are among the finalists.

This most comprehensive of literary awards programs honours excellence in book-length fiction, poetry, non-fiction, drama, children’s text, children’s illustration and translation, with awards for both English- and French-language entries.

In the Fiction (English) category, the finalists include former National Magazine Award winner Shyam Selvadurai, for his novel The Hungry Ghosts. Mr. Selvadurai won NMA gold for fiction in 2006, for “The Demonness Kali” published in Toronto Life.

Former NMA finalist Kenneth Bonnert is also up for a GG in fiction, for The Lion Seeker. The rest of the GG shortlist includes Eleanor Catton, Joseph Boyden and Colin McAdam.

In the Children’s Illustration (French) category, two-time National Magazine Award winner Isabelle Arsenault is among the finalists, for Jane, le Renard et moi. Ms. Arsenault won a National Magazine Award earlier this year for her work in Quebec Science magazine.

In the Poetry (English) category, the shortlist includes two-time National Magazine Award finalist Don Domanski, for his collection Bite Down Little Whisper. Mr. Domanski’s most recent National Magazine Award nomination came in 2009, for the poem “Radiance and Counterpoint” published in Grain.

Read up on all the GG finalists here. For each category, a jury, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000 and a specially-bound copy of their winning book. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book. The total annual value of the GGs is close to $450,000.

A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines & Journals

They publish much of Canada’s best poetry and prose. The writers whose creative work appears in their pages range from established icons of Canadian literary arts–such as Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood and 2013 Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady, to name just a few–to new writers published for the first time.

They are Canada’s literary magazines, and they are not only a source of reading pleasure, but also a critical part of our country’s culture and a forum for literary artists across the land.

The following list, an A-to-Z guide to Canadian literary periodicals and their submissions guidelines, compiled by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, focuses on those magazines that currently publish short fiction, poetry and/or creative (aka literary) non-fiction. Many also accept submissions for essays, literary criticism, reviews, interviews, graphic narratives and visual arts. And many have won National Magazine Awards.

Acta Victoriana
Published in: Ontario (Victoria University, Toronto)
Founded: 1878
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Award Nominations: None
Submissions Guidelines

Antigonish Review, The
Published in: Nova Scotia (St. Francis Xavier University)
Founded: 1970
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Articles, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Award Nominations: 1
Submissions Guidelines

Arc Poetry Magazine
Published in: Ontario (Ottawa)
Founded: 1978
Genres: Poetry, Reviews, Essays
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards: 4 (most recently: Matthew Holmes, Gold, Poetry, 2011)
NMA Nominations: 18
Submission Guidelines

Brick
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 1977
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 4 (most recently: Patrick deWitt, Silver, Fiction, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 10
Submission Guidelines

Canadian Notes & Queries
Published in: Ontario (Windsor)
Founded: 1968
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Essays
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 1 (most recently: Caroline Adderson, Gold, Fiction, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 3
Submission Guidelines

Capilano Review, The
Published in: British Columbia (Capilano University, Vancouver)
Founded: 1972
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Visual Arts, Interviews
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards: 4 (most recently: Weyman Chan, Silver, Poetry, 2001)
NMA Nominations: 12
Submission Guidelines

Carousel
Published in: Ontario (University of Guelph)
Founded: 1983
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 1 (Julie Bruck, Gold, Poetry, 1998)
NMA Nominations: 3
Submission Guidelines

Carte Blanche
Published in: Quebec (Quebec Writers’ Federation, Montreal)
Founded: 2004
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Contemporary Verse 2
Published in: Manitoba (Winnipeg)
Founded: 1975
Genres: Poetry, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards Nominations: 2
Submission Guidelines

Dalhousie Review, The
Published in: Nova Scotia (Dalhousie University, Halifax)
Founded: 1921
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Essays
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Descant
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 1970
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Esssays, Memoirs, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 6 (most recently: Adam Lindsay Honsinger, Silver, Fiction 2009)
NMA Nominations: 17
Submission Guidelines

Dorchester Review, The
Published in: Ontario (Ottawa)
Founded: 2011
Genres: Reviews, Essays, Translations
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Event
Published in: British Columbia (Douglas College)
Founded: 1971
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards: 12 (most recently: Bill Gaston, Gold, Fiction, 2011)
NMA Nominations: 42
Submission Guidelines

Existere
Published in: Toronto (York University)
Founded: 1978
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Exit, revue de poésie
Published in: Quebec (Montreal)
Founded: 1995
Genres: Poetry, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Feathertale Review, The
Published in: Ontario (Ottawa)
Founded: 2008
Genres: Humour, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Poetry, Cartoons
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 3 (most recently: Cathal Kelly, Silver, Humour, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 4
Submission Guidelines

Fiddlehead, The
Published in: New Brunswick (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton)
Founded: 1945
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 2 (most recently: Shane Neilson, Silver, Poetry, 2011)
NMA Nominations: 12
Submission Guidelines

filling Station
Published in: Alberta (Calgary)
Founded: 1993
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews, Interviews, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Award Nominations: 1
Submissions Guidelines

Geist
Published in: British Columbia (The Geist Foundation, Vancouver)
Founded: 1990
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 5 (most recently: Karen Connelly, Gold, Poetry, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 12
Submission Guidelines

Grain
Published in: Saskatchewan (Sask. Writers’ Guild, Saskatoon)
Founded: 1973
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 4 (most recently: Ayelet Tsabari, Silver, One of a Kind, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 24
Submission Guidelines

Lettres québécoises
Published in
: Quebec (Montreal)
Founded: 1976
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Literary Review of Canada, The
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 1991
Genres: Poetry, Essays, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 10
National Magazine Awards Nominations: 6
Submission Guidelines

Malahat Review, The
Published in: British Columbia (University of Victoria)
Founded: 1967
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 26 (most recently: Shane Rhodes, Gold, Poetry, 2010)
NMA Nominations: 78
Submission Guidelines

Matrix
Published in: Quebec (Concordia University, Montreal)
Founded: 1975
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Award Nominations: None
Submissions Guidelines

New Quarterly, The
Published in: Ontario (St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo)
Founded: 1981
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 14 (most recently: Sierra Skye Gemma, Gold, Best New Magazine Writer, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 44
Submission Guidelines

Plenitude
Published in: British Columbia (Victoria)
Founded: 2012
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Graphic Narrative
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Award Nominations: None
Submissions Guidelines

Prairie Fire
Published in: Manitoba (Winnipeg)
Founded: 1978
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 13 (most recently: Sue Goyette, Silver, Poetry, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 41
Submission Guidelines

PRISM International
Published in: British Columbia (University of British Columbia)
Founded: 1959
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Drama, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 10 (most recently: Jennica Harper, Silver, Poetry, 2008)
NMA Nominations: 22
Submission Guidelines

Queen’s Quarterly
Published in: Ontario (Queen’s University, Kingston)
Founded: 1893
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 11 (most recently: Nick Mount, Silver, Arts & Entertainment, 2008)
NMA Nominations: 44
Submission Guidelines

Ricepaper
Published in: British Columbia (Vancouver)
Founded: 1995
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards Nominations: 5
Submission Guidelines

Riddle Fence
Published in: Newfoundland & Labrador
Founded: 2009
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Room
Published in: British Columbia (Vancouver)
Founded: 1975
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Interviews, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

sub-Terrain
Published in: British Columbia (Vancouver)
Founded: 1992
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards Nominations: 1
Submission Guidelines

Taddle Creek
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 1997
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 1 (Michael Cho, Silver, Words & Pictures, 2007)
NMA Nominations: 12
Submission Guidelines

Vallum
Published in: Quebec (Montreal)
Founded: 2000
Genres: Poetry, Reviews, Essays, Interviews
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards Nominations: 5
Submission Guidelines

Windsor Review
Published in: Ontario (University of Windsor)
Founded: 1965
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Interviews, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

XYZ, La Revue
Published in: Quebec (Ville Saint-Laurent)
Founded: 1985
Genres: Fiction, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

In addition to the above list, many of Canada’s news, general-interest and arts magazines publish fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, including but not limited to Border Crossings, The Walrus, This Magazine, Maisonneuve, Eighteen Bridges, Toronto LifeBoulderpavement, Worn Fashion Journal, Inroads, Newfoundland Quarterly, Ottawa Magazine, Georgia Strait, Alberta Views, Hazlitt, Nouveau projet, Broken Pencil.

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Workshop by NMA-winning Poet Julie Bruck

Two-time National Magazine Award-winning poet Julie Bruck, who also has a Governor General Literary Award in her impressive collection of honours, will lead a nine-week “Fearless Poetry Workshop” this fall in San Francisco, part of highly regarded Writing Salon where she has been an instructor for the past eight years. Yes, the catch is you have to be in San Francisco to take the workshop, which runs from October 17-December 19. More information at The Writing Salon website.

In 1999 Ms. Bruck became the first person to win consecutive Gold National Magazine Awards in the Poetry category, winning for a collection of poems published in the Malahat Review after having won the top prize in 1998 for her work in Carousel. She has been an NMA finalist four times and has also served on the jury for the poetry award.

NMA Winners headline Saskatchewan Festival of Words

SFWThe 17th annual Saskatchewan Festival of Words is coming your way July 18-21 in Moose Jaw, with workshops, readings, concerts, film screenings and more.

Featuring Dave Bidini, two-time National Magazine Award winner for his work in Saturday Night and Maisonneuve, and author of ten books, most recently Writing Gordon Lightfoot; Annabel Lyon, twice a National Magazine Award finalist for her fiction in Toronto Life and The New Quarterly and author of the novel The Golden Mean; Ken Babstock, 1997 NMA gold winner in Poetry for his work in Prism International, and recipient of the Griffin Poetry Prize for his collection Methodist Hatchet;  Ross King, 2010 NMA nominee and 2012 Governor General Literary Award winner for The Last Supper; Candace Savage, six-time NMA finalist and winner of the Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for A Geography of Blood; and lots more.

Check out the full line-up and ticket info and the schedule (pdf).

Your Guide to Summer 2013 Magazine Writing Contests

It’s summer at last — time to get outdoors and write! Check out some of these great writing contests on offer from many of Canada’s award-winning magazines.

The Walrus: Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry, juried prize and people’s choice prize
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Prize: $2500 and publication (juried winner); $2500 (people’s choice winner)
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://thewalrus.ca/projects/poetry-prize/

Alberta Views Perspectives on a Province
Section: Fiction
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Prize: $1000 (1st), $250 (2nd); publication
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)
Detailshttps://www.albertaviews.ab.ca/contests/

Antigonish Review: Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Prize: $600 (first); $400 (second); $200 (third); publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.antigonishreview.com/

Up Here Robert Service Poetry Contest
Section: Poetry (in the style of Robert Service)
Deadline: July 1, 2013
Prize: $750 (1st), $250 (2nd); publication in Up Here
Entry Fee: None
Detailshttp://www.uphere.ca/node/866

Matrix Magazine: LitPop Awards
Sections: Poetry; Fiction; Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: July 1, 2013
Prize: For winners in each section, round-trip ticket and accommodation to POP Montreal Festival in September; publication in Matrix
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.matrixmagazine.org/litpop/

Malahat Review: Constance Rooke Nonfiction Prize
Sections: Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: August 1, 2013
Prize: $1000; publication in Malahat Review; interview with winning author
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html

Geist: Erasure Poetry Contest
Sections: Poetry
Deadline: August 31, 2013
Prize: $600 (first); $250 (second); $150 (third); publication in Geist; prize packs for HM
Entry Fee: $20 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.geist.com/articles/erasure

Did we miss something? Email staff[at]magazine-awards[dot]com or hail us on Twitter @MagAwards.

More Magazine Contests:
Your Guide to Fall 2012 Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Winter/Spring 2013 Magazine Writing Contests

Check out the Contests section of this blog for frequent updates on opportunities from Canadian magazines.

NMA winners crowd shortlists for BC Book Prizes

The shortlists for the 29th annual BC Book Prizes were announced today, with five finalists in each category for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s book, illustrated children’s book, and best BC book.

Carol Shaben, whose non-fiction book about Canada’s bush pilot industry (Into the Abyss) was partly based on her investigative article published in The Walrus that won two National Magazine Awards, is one of the finalists for non-fiction.

National Magazine Award-winning poets Evelyn Lau (A Grain of Rice) and Patricia Young (Night-Eater) are both nominated in the poetry category.

Anne Fleming (Gay Dwarves of America) and Bill Gaston (The World) are former NMA winners nominated for their works of fiction.

Read the complete shortlists for the BC Book Prizes here. The winners will be announced at the 29th annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Government House in Victoria, BC.

Visit the NMA Archives to read the award-winning stories by these and other great writers.

More book news from the National Magazine Awards.

Your Guide to Winter/Spring 2013 Magazine Writing Contests

[This post has been updated] Do these long, dark, cold Canadian winters leave you shivering with creative unrest?

If winter teases out your inner Mowat, Mordechai or Munro, you’re probably searching for a creative outlet in the form of a Canadian magazine writing contest, such as these great offerings from some of Canada’s best literary periodicals and competitions.

CBC Canada Writes Creative Non-Fiction Prize
Section: Non-fiction (1200-1500 words)
Deadline: February 1, 2013
Prize: $6000 + publication in enRoute + Banff Centre residency (1st); $1000 each to 4 runners up
Entry Fee: $25
Details:
http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/nonfiction/index.html

Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest
Section: Very short fiction or non-fiction (500 words)
Deadline: February 1, 2013
Prize: $500 (1st); $250 (2nd); $150 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $20; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.geist.com/articles/postcard-contest/

Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Contest
Section: Poetry
Deadline: February 1, 2013
Prize: $5000
Entry Fee: $32; includes subscription
Detailshttp://arcpoetry.ca/2012/11/29/poem-of-the-year-contest-2/

The New Quarterly Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest
Section: Poetry
Deadline: February 28, 2013
Prize: $1000 + publication (1st); other prizes for runners up
Entry Fee: $40 (for first 2 poems; $5 each for additional); includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.tnq.ca/contests

Writers Union of Canada Short Prose Competition
Section: Non-fiction
Deadline: March 1, 2013
Prize: $2500 + assistance with publication
Entry Fee: $29
Detailshttp://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose

The New Quarterly Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest
Section: Non-fiction
Deadline: March 28, 2013
Prize: $1000 + publication
Entry Fee: $40; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.tnq.ca/contests

Narrative Magazine Winter 2013 Short Story Contest
Sections: Non-fiction and Fiction
Deadline: March 31, 2013
Prize: $2,500 (1st); $1000 (2nd); $500 (3rd); $100 (finalist)
Entry Fee: $22; includes 3 months access to Narrative Backstage
Detailshttp://narrativemagazine.com/node/194590
Notes: Entries may be short fiction or literary nonfiction, including essays, memoirs, or any other form of unpublished manuscript, with a word limit of 15,000. All are judged in the same pool.

Maisonneuve Genre Fiction Contest: Fables & Parables
Sections: Short fiction (1200 words)
Deadline: March 31, 2013
Prize: $300 + publication (1st prize); $100 + publication (each of 2 runners up)
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://maisonneuve.org/contest/maisonneuves-genre-fiction-contest-fables-and-para/ 

Grain magazine Short Grain Writing Contest
Sections: Fiction; Poetry
Deadline: April 1, 2013 April 8, 2013
Prize: $1000 (1st); $750 (2nd); $500 (3rd)
Entry Fee: $35; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.grainmagazine.ca/contest.html

Event magazine Creative Non-Fiction Contest
Section: Non-fiction
Deadline: April 15, 2013
Prize: $1500 in total cash prizes
Entry Fee: $34.95; includes subscription
Detailshttp://eventmags.com/contest-3/

Quebec Writing Competition
Section: Fiction or Non-fiction
Deadline: May 1, 2013
Prize: $1500, publication in Maisonneuve magazine, broadcast on CBC (1st); $1000 (2nd); $300 reader’s choice award
Entry Fee: $15
Detailshttps://qwf.submittable.com/submit

The New Quarterly Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award
Section: Fiction
Deadline: May 28, 2013
Prize: $1000 + publication
Entry Fee: $40; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.tnq.ca/contests

Did we miss one? Send us a note or grab us on Twitter @MagAwards.

Find more awards, prizes and contests for magazine journalism on the Industry Resources page of the National Magazine Awards Foundation website, or check out the Awards and Contests pages of this blog, including:

Your Guide to Summer Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Fall Magazine Writing Contests

Keep writing. Keep reading. Love magazines!

Deadline approaches for the Writers’ Trust Emerging Poet Award

January 30 is the deadline for submissions to the 2013 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

The Poetry Prize is awarded to a young (under 35) Canadian poet, previously published in a magazine or anthology, but unpublished in book form.

The grand prize includes $5000, while two honourable mentions will receive $1000.

Submissions must consist of a manuscript of unpublished poetry, 5-10 pages in length.

Full details at the Writers’ Trust of Canada website. Deadline January 30, 2013.

Great Books for the Holidays, all by NMA Winners

“Monkey Ranch” by Julie Bruck won the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry

While stuffing stockings and gift baskets with magazine subscriptions (Buy 2, Get 1 Free!; don’t forget Maisonneuve, Canada’s magazine of the year) may be your first priority this holiday season, we present our second annual holiday book guide to tempt you with yet more literary treats. (And perhaps our first annual guide may still be of interest.)

All of these books are by National Magazine Award finalists and winners.

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Poetry

Illustration

eBooks

Did we miss any 2012 books by NMA winners? Drop a comment or tweet at us.

Related posts:
Booking up for Winter: Great Reads by NMA Winners
National Magazine Awards > Books

NMA Winner Patrick Lane to judge Freefall Writing Contest

Patrick Lane

Two-time National Magazine Award-winning author and poet Patrick Lane will serve as the guest judge for the 2012 FreeFall Magazine annual prose and poetry writing contest.

The competition is open to submissions in poetry and short fiction, with $1100 in prize money to be awarded, including $300 to the winners in each category.

The deadline for entries is December 31, 2012.

Patrick Lane won 2 National Magazine Awards for his poetry in Border Crossings and Canadian Forum, and the most recent of his 20 books of fiction, non-fiction, literary criticism and poetry is titled The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane (Harbour Publishing).

Check out other magazine writing contests from our ongoing series.

Related post: Poetry and Pain, as told by NMA Winner Patrick Lane

8 former NMA Winners land on GG Awards shortlists

The shortlists for the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Awards–with categories in both English and French for Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Non-fiction, Children’s Text, Children’s Illustration, and Translation–have been announced by Canada Council for the Arts, and eight former National Magazine Award winners have garnered nominations.

In Fiction, former NMA winners Robert Hough (Dr. Brinkley’s Tower) and Vincent Lam (The Headmaster’s Wager) are among the 5 finalists.

In Poetry, two-time National Magazine Award winner Julie Bruck (Monkey Ranch) and former NMA finalists A.F. Moritz (The New Measures) and David McGimpsey (L’il Bastard) made the GG shortlist.

In Non-fiction, two-time NMA winner Noah Richler (What We Talk About When We Talk About War) and former nominee Ross King (Leonardo and the Last Supper) were named GG finalists.

And in Children’s Illustration, former National Magazine Award winner Isabelle Arsenault received a GG nomination for Virginia Wolf.

Check out all the GG Awards finalists.

Visit the National Magazine Awards archive to view the works of these great writers and artists.

The winners of the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Awards will be announced on November 13 at the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec in Montreal. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the winners with their awards, which include a cash prize of $25,000, at a gala at Rideau Hall on November 28.

Your Guide to Fall Magazine Writing Contests

[This post has been updated]

Autumn, for many, is a fertile time of mind. Anticipating that, many of Canada’s great literary magazines and organizations are hosting creative writing contests for emerging journalists and literary artists.

Building on our Guide to Summer Writing Contests we present those competitions open to the general public coming up this fall. We also carry an exhaustive list of awards, contests, funding and other opportunities in the Professional Resources section of our website. If we missed one, let us know.

The Walrus | CIC International Long-Form Competition
Sections: Non-fiction
Deadline: October 26, 2012
Prize: $7500 + publication
Entry Fee: None
Detailshttp://www.opencanada.org/competition/
Notes: Entrants submit a detailed pitch for an investigative story with an international focus; the winner will work with a Walrus editor to develop and publish the piece.

CBC Canada Writes Short Story Prize
Sections: Short fiction
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Prize: $6000 + publication in enRoute + Banff centre residency (winner); $1000 to each of 4 runners-up
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/shortstory/
Notes: CBC Canada Writes also hosts Creative Non-fiction and Poetry competitions with deadlines in 2013. Details to come.

The Malahat Review Open Season Awards
Sections: Fiction; Poetry; Creative non-fiction
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Prize: $1000 to the winner in each section + publication
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/open_season/info.html

Amprosia | WCDR Prose Competition
Sections: Creative non-fiction
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Prize: $1000 (1st); $400 (2nd); $200 (3rd); publication in anthology
Entry Fee: $20
Detailshttp://wcdr.ca/wcdr/2012-amprosia-the-wcdr-prose-competition/

Writers Union of Canada Short Prose Competition
Sections: Fiction; Non-fiction
Deadline: November 3, 2012
Prize: $2500; assistance with publication
Entry Fee: $29
Detailshttp://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose

PRISM International Creative Writing Contests
Sections
: Literary non-fiction; Short fiction; Poetry
Deadline: November 28, 2012 (non-fiction); January 25, 2013 (fiction & poetry)
Prize: $1500 (1st); $300 (2nd); $200 (3rd); publication in magazine
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

Prairie Fire Creative Writing Contests
Sections: Creative non-fiction; Short fiction; Poetry
Deadline: November 30, 2012
Prize: $1250 (1st); $500 (2nd); $250 (3rd); publication in magazine
Entry Fee: $32 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://prairiefire.ca/contests.html

Briarpatch Creative Writing Contest
Sections: Creative non-fiction
Deadline: December 1, 2012
Prize: $750 in total prizes
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://briarpatchmagazine.com/announcements/view/creative-writing-contest

The Fiddlehead 22nd annual Literary Contest
Sections: Poetry; Fiction
Deadline: December 1, 2012
Prize: $2000 (winner); $200 each for 2 runners-up; publication in magazine
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.thefiddlehead.ca/FHcontest.html

FreeFall magazine Poetry and Prose Contest
Sections: Poetry; Fiction
Deadline: December 31, 2012
Prize: $300 (winner); $150 (2nd); $75 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $21 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html

Alberta Literary Awards
Sections: Travel Writing (unpublished); Essays (unpublished); Short Fiction (published); Non-fiction (published); plus book awards
Deadline: December 31, 2012
Prize: $700 (winner in each section)
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.writersguild.ab.ca/Alberta-Literary-Awards.asp

Other contests on the horizon for 2013:
The New Quarterly literary contests
CBC Canada Writes non-fiction & poetry contests
Grain magazine Short Grain writing contests
Event magazine non-fiction contest
Writers Union of Canada various contests
Geist magazine various contests
Arc Poetry Magazine various contests

Know of other literary contests coming up this fall/winter? Leave a comment on this blog or holler at us: staff [at] magazine-awards.com or twitter.com/natmagawards.

Alberta to Get Literary this weekend

The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association is bringing the best of local literary journalism to Calgary’s Olympic Plaza (or Central Library, in the event of rain) this Sunday, August 26, with readings by some of the West’s best prose and poetry artists.

The event will be hosted by Kris Demeanor, former winner of the National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer,* now the poet laureat of the City of Calgary.

Participating authors include National Magazine Award finalists Marcello di Cintio, Fred Stenson and Naomi K. Lewis, and others.

Visit the AMPA for more information.

*Read “Get a Real Job” by Kris Demeanor in unlimited, 2008 winner of Best New Magazine Writer at the National Magazine Awards. Visit the NMA Archives to read full-text articles by hundreds of finalists and winners.

Summer Reading Series 6: Profound Poetry

Hannah Arendt

“Poetry, whose material is language, is perhaps the most human and least worldly of the arts, the one in which the end product remains closest to the thought that inspired it.”
– Hannah Arendt

As our Summer Reading Series continues with a selection of poetry, we prefer not to linger too long by way of introduction.  As A. E. Housman wrote, “Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out… Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.”  We tend to agree.  Better to let the poets speak for poetry and let the poems speak for themselves.

The following winners in the category of Poetry, and many others, can be found in the National Magazine Awards archive (magazine-awards.com/archive)

1. “Pa” and “Bq” by Matthew Holmes, Arc (2011 Gold winner in Poetry)
Though we do not always need perfect understanding before (or even after) the reading of a poem, an author’s insight into the creative process is often as delightful as the poem itself.  Holmes offers a welcome hint or two in a thought-provoking introduction, followed by the award-winning pair of poems from his project, “The failing of purity”:

how water bends before letting your finger in, how
rain is coming (the flower says), how
rain is coming, how
luck falls, like salt thrown by a god, it falls not. [Read more]

2. “St. Anthony’s Fire” and “The Perfect Fatherhood” by Shane Neilson, The Fiddlehead, (2011 Silver winner in Poetry)
In these fluid configurations, Neilson muses about two profoundly manifest contemplations of the heart: the ironies inherent in god, and the mysteries of parenthood in its wondrous responsibility for another life.

Robbed of touch with peripheral neuropathies and the visible sores, the manna from heaven contaminated with Claviceps purpurea, whole civilizations monster-movied, disease being the measure of purity in a lost, misbegotten heaven… [Read more]

3.Paradise, Later Yearsby Marion Quednau, Malahat Review (2009 Gold winner in Poetry)
In this playful and insightful work, Quednau composes a rhythmic meditation on the nature of our relationship with nature and, ultimately, with ourselves:

I’ve taught them everything I know: that greed is largely forgivable grandstanding, and making a small ruckus is good, might still change the world, and thirst when it hits you, despite an abundance of water and wine for some, and nothing dripping down the spout for all the rest, is merely stoppered-up desire, and what makes humans so different from that lobster not going at all gently is that we can have what we want – scary thought. [Read more]

Read these stories and more at the National Magazine Awards archive: magazine-awards.com/archive.

Previous editions of our Summer Reading Series: Travel | Essays | Sports & Rec | Fiction | Personal Journalism

Magazine Events this Weekend in Vancouver & Calgary

Tip o’ the hat to the Canadian Magazines Canadiens blog for the alert to a pair of interesting events this weekend:

Mag Scene on Main, August 16-18 in Vancouver: 3 days of interactive events by local artists and literary magazines in businesses and cultural spaces around Main Street. Participating magazines: Color, Discorder, Fillip, Geist, OCW Magazine, Poetry is Dead, Prism, Ricepaper, Room, subTerrain and The Vancouver Observer. Supported by Magazine Association of British Columbia.

The People’s Poetry Festival, August 17-19 in Calgary: Showcasing local and aspiring poets and spoken word artists, this 3-day festival uses public and private space around Kensington to share a love of poetry with all audiences. Readings, workshops and other random acts of poetry. Supported by Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.

Your Guide to Summer Magazine Writing Contests

Summer is here and so are the writing contests. Quite a number of great magazines are hosting contests, awards and other opportunities for writers new and seasoned. Naturally, the chance of winning should not be your sole motivation; just by entering you’ll acquaint yourself with (and probably get a subscription to) a great magazine, plus you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of having put your hard work, creativity and talent out into the world.

Matrix Magazine: LitPop Awards
Sections: Poetry; Fiction; Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: July 1, 2012
Prize: Round-trip ticket and accommodation to POP Montreal Festival in September; publication in Matrix
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.matrixmagazine.org/litpop/

This Magazine: Great Canadian Literary Hunt
Sections: Fiction; Poetry; Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: July 31, 2012
Prize: $750 plus publication for winners; prize packs for second and third place
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://this.org/contribute/great-canadian-literary-hunt/
AlsoThis Mag editor talks about Creative Nonfiction and the workshops included with this year’s GCLH.

The Walrus: Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry, juried prize and people’s choice prize
Deadline: July 31, 2012
Prize: $5000 and publication (juried winner); $1000 (people’s choice winner)
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://walrusmagazine.com/poetryprize/

Antigonish Review: Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize & Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest
Sections: Poetry; Fiction
Deadline: July 31, 2012 (Fiction); August 31, 2012 (Poetry)
Prize: $600 (first); $400 (second); $200 (third); publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.antigonishreview.com/

Malahat Review: Constance Rooke Nonfiction Prize
Sections: Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: August 1, 2012
Prize: Publication in Malahat Review; interview with winning author
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html
AlsoMalahat Review has a number of writing contests throughout the year

Geist: Erasure Poetry Contest
Sections: Poetry (in an unusual way)
Deadline: August 1, 2012
Prize: $600 (first); $250 (second); $150 (third); publication in Geist; prize packs for HM
Entry Fee: $20 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.geist.com/articles/erasure

Other contests, further on the horizon for 2012 and 2013: 
PRISM International: Writing contests
Prairie Fire: Writing contests
Fiddlehead: Literary contests
WCDR Amprosia prose competition
CBC Literary Prizes
The New Quarterly: Writing contests
Grain: Writing contests
Event Magazine: Writing contests
Writers Union of Canada Awards

NMA winner John Barton to speak at Tree Reading Series

Ottawa’s ongoing Tree Reading Series will feature a reading from National Magazine Award-winning writer John Barton at its April 10 event. John is a Victoria-based poet and author who has published nine books of poetry. He won a Silver National Magazine Award in 2006 for poetry published in The Capilano Review.

The April 10 event will also feature a workshop on chapbooks, of which John has also published five.

On April 14-15, John will also be the featured poet in a two-day Master Workshop on poetry writing. The cost is $250 to participate.

About the Tree Reading Series:

Running since May 9, 1980, the Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada’s longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa’s vibrant literary community.  Tree is a non-profit organization that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers. In providing this service, Tree hopes to inspire and sustain the development of  the literary community in Ottawa and to promote Ottawa as an important community for Canadian literary arts.

‘Words Aloud’ will feature NMA winner Steven Heighton

This year’s eighth installment of the Words Aloud festival — November 4, 5 and 6 at the Durham Arts Gallery in the autumn-colours-drenched town of Durham, Ontario — promises its eager audiences the best in Spoken Word from across Canada (and New York City).

It’s “a magical alchemy of spoken word’s full range,” say the organizers. Wow! Among the noted participants is four-time National Magazine Award winner (thrice for Fiction; once for Poetry) Steven Heighton, who is on the schedule for a Saturday evening reading and a Sunday afternoon workshop.

If you’re in the neighbourhood, drop by. Tickets are on sale now.

Poetry and Pain, as told by NMA winner Patrick Lane

“The outward pain and the inward pain. If you learn the inward pain inside you, you’ll grow as a human. Fine poetry gives us a look at the inward world.”

That’s esteemed Canadian poet and two-time National Magazine Award winner Patrick Lane, speaking to a class at the University of Toronto last week, on why we read poetry.

Mr. Lane, who won an NMA Silver in 1986 for his poetry in Canadian Forum and a Gold award in 1988 for his poetry in Border Crossings, recently published a new collection of poetry, aptly titled The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane (Harbour Publishing).

According to the article in the Toronto Observer, he also offered the students a few witty reflections on the legacy of Steve Jobs (“The person who invented the [birth control] pill… changed the course of history more than him”) and how he once delivered a baby in a logging camp (“Next thing I knew I was holding a slippery football shape in my arms”).

Former NMA winners land on Giller shortlist

Zsuzsi Gartner, who won the 2005 Silver National Magazine Award for Fiction (“Investment Results May Vary,” Vancouver Review), has been named to the shortlist for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel, Better Living Through Plastic Explosives.

Fellow Giller nominee David Bezmozgis (tapped for his novel The Free World) also won a Silver National Magazine Award for Fiction, in 2003 for “Minyan” in Prairie Fire. Also on the Giller shortlist for his latest book The Cat’s TableMichael Ondaatje has twice won a Gold National Magazine Award in the Poetry category (1979 and 1981). For a complete list of nominations and wins, visit the NMA Winners Archive.

The 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize will be announced on November 8, 2011.

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