Your Guide to Fall 2016 Magazine Writing (and Photography) Contests

Welcome to autumn, all you writers, poets and shutterbugs. Time to let the soft, low-angle sunlight, the cool, easterly winds, and the pumpkin-spiced everything inspire you towards your next artistic endeavour. But beware the lure of the tired metaphor, for in his 2016 National Magazine Award-winning poem “The High Road,” David McGimpsey warns:

Are you the kind of person who giggles
when you hear somebody say “poetry
is like peeling an onion”? Yes? Really?
I’m afraid I must take the high road now

The National Magazine Awards contest guide lists any writing or photography contest in a Canadian magazine or digital publication, or one that seeks emerging Canadian creators. As always, the list below may be incomplete. Leave a comment here or hail us on Twitter @MagAwards #WritingContest if you know of any we missed.

The contests in our Fall 2016 edition are organized by deadline date, from September 30 to December 31.

The Puritan Thomas Morton Memorial Prize
Genres: Poetry; Fiction (max 7500 words)
Deadline: September 30, 2016 October 10, 2016 (extended)
Prizes: $1000 + publication + $100 book prize pack
Entry Fee: $15
Detailshttp://puritan-magazine.com/writing-contest/

CV2 Young Buck Poetry Prize
Genre: Poetry
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Prizes: $1000 (1st); cash prizes for runners-up; publication
Entry Fee: $26 ($16 for each additional entry)
Detailshttp://www.contemporaryverse2.ca/en/contests/young-buck-poetry-prize
Note: Open to writers under the age of 35

PRISM International Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize
Genre: Poetry (up to 3 poems per entry)
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Prizes: $1500 (1st); $600 (2nd); $400 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription); $5 each for additional entries
Detailshttp://prismmagazine.ca/contests/
Note: PRISM’s short fiction contest will have a deadline of Jan 15, 2017

Tethered by Letters F(r)iction Fall Literary Competition
Genres: Short stories (1,000-7,500 words), flash fiction (750 words) and poetry
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Prizes: $1,600
Entry Fee: range from $8-15 for each contest
Details: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/

The Malahat Review Open Season Awards
Genres: Poetry; Fiction; Creative Non-fiction (max 2500 words)
Deadline: November 1, 2016 November 6, 2016 (extended)
Prizes: $1500 to the winner in each section + publication
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription); $15 each for additional entries
Detailshttp://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html

CBC Canada Writes Short Story Contest
Genre: Fiction (1200-1500 words)
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Prizes: $6000 + Banff Centre Residency + Publication in enRoute & CBCBooks.ca (1st prize); $1000 for each of 4 runners up
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/shortstory/

CNQ: Canadian Notes & Queries CanLitCrit Essay Contest
Genre: Non-fiction essay (max 4000 words)
Deadline: November 15, 2016
Prizes: $1000 (1st); $500 (2nd); $250 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription); $10 for additional entries
Detailshttp://notesandqueries.ca/contests/

Prairie Fire Creative Writing Contests
Genres: Poetry; Fiction (max 10,000 words); Creative Non-fiction (max 5000 words)
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Prizes: $1250 (1st); $500 (2nd); $250 (3rd); publication; invitation to Thin Air Writers Festival; dinner with Prairie Fire staff
Entry Fee: $32 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.prairiefire.ca/contests/

Room Cover Art Contest
Genre: Visual Art
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Prizes: $500 + your art on the cover of Room’s issue 40.2 (1st place); $50 + publication (2nd); web publication (Honourable Mention)
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription); $7 for each additional entry
Details: http://roommagazine.com/contests

Up Here Photo Contest
Categories: Grand Prize; Science & Nature; Travel & Adventure; Arts & Culture; People & History
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Prizes: Nikon 7200 HD-SLR + lens (Grand Prize winner); subscriptions for winners in each of 4 categories; publication
Entry Fee: None
Detailshttp://uphere.ca/photocontest
Note: Contest open to all Canadians; photographs must be of Canada’s North

Saltscapes Photography Contest
Categories: Landscapes & Nature; Uniquely Atlantic Canadian; World Up Close; People/Folks
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Prizes: Nikon AW1 camera + lens (Grand Prize winner); Framed canvas print (winners in each of 4 categories); CAA membership (each of 2 staff picks); gift certificates (honourable mentions)
Entry Fee: None
Detailshttp://saltscapes.com/contests/amateur-photo-contest/contest-details.html
Note: Contest open to all Canadians; photographs must be of Atlantic Canada

Briarpatch Writing in the Margins Creative Writing Contest
Genres: Poetry; Creative Non-fiction (max 2000 words)
Deadline: December 1, 2016
Prize: $300 + print publication (1st); $75 + online publication (honourable mention)
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://briarpatchmagazine.com/writingcontest

The Fiddlehead 26th annual Literary Contest
Genres: Poetry (up to 3 poems); Fiction (max 6000 words)
Deadline: December 1, 2016
Prizes: $2000 + publication (1st); $250 each to 2 honourable mention
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)
Detailshttps://thefiddlehead.ca/contest

Freefall Prose & Poetry Contests
Genres: Poetry (max 5 poems); Fiction (max 3000 words)
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Prizes: $500 (1st); $250 (2nd); $75 (3rd); $25 (HM); publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription); additional entries $5 each
Detailshttp://www.freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html

On the horizon for 2017…

Plentitude’s Cornucopia Literary Prize
Genre: Fiction
Deadline: February 15, 2017
Prize: $500 + publication in Plenitude magazine
Entry Fee: $15
Details: Open to LGBTQ2 writers only: http://plenitudemagazine.ca/announcing-the-inaugural-cornucopia-literary-prize


Did we miss one? Send us a note or hail us on Twitter @MagAwards. We’ll update this post throughout the fall as more contests are announced. Find more awards, prizes and contests for magazine journalism on the Awards and Contests pages of this blog.

To see what’s on the horizon for 2017, check out:
Your Guide to Winter/Spring Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Summer Magazine Writing Contests

For a comprehensive guide to submitting to literary publications in Canada, check out:
A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines

Your Guide to Summer 2016 Magazine Writing Contests

Like the heirloom tomatoes soaking up the sun and the rain and the urban-air particles on this blogger’s Toronto balcony, summer writing season is ripening on the vine, still green with youth but tantalizingly close to fruition.

In his National Magazine Award-winning poem from this year’s NMAs, David McGimpsey writes of the self-defeating anxiety of creating something significant:

There is your life with the coffee-stained pants,
paint-stained pants and oxy-contin-stained pants.
O, your unfinished novel’s hero yearns—
he’s been sleeping on an army cot
in a Wendy’s basement in Los Robles.

Read the entire award-winning poem “The High Road” (Vallum) by David McGimpsey.

Summer is no time to put off writing. Be inspired to create your next work of poetry, fiction or personal essay. Take the opportunity to finish your latest literary creation and submit it to a Canadian magazine writing contest.

Our annual Summer Contest Guide provides a list of contests via Canadian magazines (or magazine-related organizations) open to unpublished works of Fiction, Poetry, Creative non-fiction and Photography. And check out our Canadian Literary Magazine Guide for other ideas for where to submit your work.

Please note: This list is organized chronologically by deadline dates from June 22 to September 22. If you know of a contest we missed, please email us or grab us on Twitter @MagAwards and we’ll update our guide.

Antigonish Review Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest
Genre: Poetry
Deadline: June 30, 2015
Prize: $600 (1st); $400 (2nd); $200 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.antigonishreview.com/

Matrix Lit Pop Writing Contest
Genres: Fiction (4000 words max); Poetry
Deadline: July 1, 2016
Prize: Publication + tickets and passes to POP Montreal
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.matrixmagazine.org/#!litpopawards/c1yuk

Alberta Views Short Story Contest
Genre: Fiction (max 3000 words)
Deadline: July 4, 2016
Prize: $1000 + publication (winner)
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)
Detailshttps://albertaviews.ab.ca/contests/
Note: Open to current or former residents of Alberta

Room Fiction & Poetry Contests
Genres: Poetry, Fiction
Deadline: July 15, 2016
Prize: $1000 (1st); $250 (2nd); $50 (HM); publication
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription); $7 for each additional entry
Detailshttp://roommagazine.com/contests

Vallum Award for Poetry 2016
Genre: Poetry
Deadline: July 15, 2016
Prize: $750 (1st); $250 (2nd); publication
Entry Fee: $25; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html

PRISM International Creative Non-Fiction Contest
Genre: Non-fiction (max 6000 words)
Deadline: July 15, 2016
Prize: $1500 (1st); $600 (2nd); $400 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $35 ($5 for each additional entry)
Details: http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

Glass Buffalo Short Fiction Contest
Genre: Fiction (max 750 words)
Deadline: July 20, 2016
Prize: $500 + publication (winner)
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)
Details: http://www.glassbuffalo.com/contest/

Malahat Review Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize
Genre: Creative non-fiction (max 3000 words)
Deadline: August 1, 2016
Prize: $1000; publication in Malahat Review; prize pack of books, interview with winning author
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription); $15 for additional entries
Detailshttp://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html

Geist “Can’t Lit Without It” Short Story Contest
Genre: Short fiction (500 words) based on CanLit Generator
Deadline: August 15, 2016
Prize: $500 (1st); $250 (2nd); $150 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $20 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.geist.com/contests/canlit-story-contest/canlit-story-contest/

Musicworks Sonic Geography Writing Contest
Genre: Poetry, Fiction or Creative non-fiction about “the sounds of your world”
Deadline: August 28, 2016
Prize: $500 + print publication (1st); $200 (2nd); $100 (3rd); web publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription); $5 each additional entry
Detailshttps://www.musicworks.ca/contest

Cosmonauts Avenue 2016 Fiction Prize
Genre: Fiction (max 4000 words)
Deadline: August 15, 2016
Prize: $500 + publication
Entry Fee: $10
Details: http://www.cosmonautsavenue.com/contest/

Dalhousie Review Short Story Contest
Genre: Fiction (max 3000 words)
Deadline: September 5, 2016
Prize: $750 (1st); $250 (2nd); publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription); $15 for each additional entry
Details: http://dalhousiereview.dal.ca/contest.html

Cottage Life Photo Contest
Categories: Life at the Cottage; Wildlife; Landscape; Best of the West; Canada Captured
Deadline: September 12, 2016
Prizes: Various gift prizes from Coleman outdoor gear
Entry Fee: None
Detailshttp://cottagelife.com/photo-contest-2016

The Capilano Review Robin Blazer Poetry Award
Genre: Poetry
Deadline: September 15, 2016
Prize: $750 + publication (1st); $250 (2nd)
Entry Fee: $35; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.thecapilanoreview.ca/contests/

Did we miss something? Email us or hail us on Twitter @MagAwards.

See also:
Your Guide to Winter/Spring 2016 Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Fall 2015 Magazine Writing Contests
A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines

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

Noreen Flanagan wins CSME Editor of the Year Award

Last night following the first day of the MagNet conference sessions, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors held a soiree to announce the winners of its annual Editors’ Choice Awards, where the Editor of the Year award was presented to Noreen Flanagan, editor-in-chief of ELLE Canada.

 

ELLE Canada also won the CSME Award for Best Display Writing, and tied for the award for Best Magazine (medium circ) with Today’s Parent. BC Business won Best Magazine (small circ). Western Living won for best Art Integration. BC Business and Fairmont magazines shared the award for Best Front of Book. Today’s Parent swept the awards for Best Web Editorial and Best Tablet Edition.

Meanwhile, at the Circulation Management Association of Canada’s annual awards, Outdoor Canada was named Best Magazine, while Canada’s History won the Audience Development Award. Mark Hamill won the CMC award for Lifetime Achievement. Cindy Chang won for Vendor of the Year, while Fiona Wong won the CMC Circulation Scholarship.

 

Congrats to the winners. The National Magazine Awards are coming on Friday June 10.

Marketing, University Affairs, CPA Magazine among top winners at 62nd Canadian Business Media Awards

Last night at a fabulous event in the Grand Banking Hall of Hotel One King West the Canadian Business Media Association presented the 62nd annual CBM Awards, in Memory of Kenneth R. Wilson.

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
The winner of the 2016 CBM Award for Magazine of the Year is Marketing, published by Rogers Media: Alison Wood (publisher); David Thomas (editor) and Glenn Taylor (art director).

Marketing also won silver in Best Regularly Featured Department, Column or Blog. They also received 4 honourable mentions in Best Issue, Best Art Direction of an Opening Spread, Best Art Direction of an Entire Issue, and Best Merchandising/Marketing Article.

BEST MEDIA BRAND
The winner of the 2016 CBM Award for Best Media Brand is Precedent, published by Law & Style Media Inc.: Melissa Kluger (editor & publisher); Gilbert Li (art director); Daniel Fish and Lauren Parrott (contributors).

Precedent also won gold in Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue, and two silver in Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue and Best Art Direction of an Opening Spread or Feature. They also received three honourable mentions in Best Feature Article – Professional, Best How-To Article of Series of How-To Articles and Best One-Of-A-Kind.

BEST ISSUE
Gold:
Léo Charbonneau
, Editor
Underline Studio, Art Director
February 2015: Porn Studies
University Affairs

Silver:
William Powell, Kristin Doucet, Leata Lekushoff
, Editors
Studio 141 Inc., Art Direction
Shifting Gears
Professionally Speaking

BEST COVER
Gold:
Léo Charbonneau
, Editor
Underline Studio, Art Direction
April 2015: The Campus Food Revolution
University Affairs

Silver:
Matt O’Grady
, Editor
Catherine Mullaly, Art Director
Bye-Bye Alberta
BCBusiness

BEST IN-HOUSE COVER
Gold:
Melissa Shin
, Editor
Gil Martinez, Art Director
Suzanne Sharma, Deputy Editor
Advisor’s Edge April 2015
Advisor’s Edge

Silver:
Lauren d’Entremont, Editor
Andrea Lee, Art Director
Smoke’s World Domination Cover
FranchiseCanada

HARVEY SOUTHAM AWARD FOR CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
The Harvey Southam Award was presented to Michel Dongois, senior journalist at Profession Santé. Recognized for his outstanding professionalism, integrity and humanism, Mr. Dongois received this prestigious honour at the CBM Awards ceremony.

 

TOP WINNERS

Also winning a Silver award: D&A Magazine, BC Business, FranchiseCanada, Lexpert, Canadian Architect, Better Farming, Les Affaires and Listed.

About the 62nd annual CBM Awards
The CBM Awards recognizes the outstanding efforts of Canadian business-to-business magazine content. Through this annual award program, we pay tribute to the memory of Kenneth R. Wilson, one of Canada’s most prominent business writers.

The CBM Awards judges nominated 141 submissions from 36 different B2B magazines. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards were presented in 21 written, visual, integrated and special categories during this evening’s gala at the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto, hosted by D.B. Scott, president of Impresa Communications Limited, as well as a reputable consultant, market researcher, teacher, editor and blogger.

For a complete list of nominees and winners, visit www.krwawards.ca.

Nominees announced for 2016 CSME Editors’ Choice Awards

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) has announced the shortlist of finalists for its 2016 Editors’ Choice Awards. The winners will be announced at the annual CSME gala, which will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 as part of the MagNet magazine conference.

The finalists for Best Magazine are:

Best Magazine, Small Circulation:
– Spacing
– BC Business
– Canada’s History Magazine

Best Magazine, Medium Circulation:
– Western Living
– Today’s Parent
– ELLE Canada

Best Magazine, Trade:
– Professionally Speaking
– Precedent
– Ignite Magazine

Best Magazine, Custom:
– Fairmont Magazine
– Mercedes-Benz Magazine
– enRoute Magazine

Best Tablet Edition: 
– Today’s Parent
– ELLE Canada
– Canadian Health & Lifestyle

In addition to these awards, CSME will also unveil the winners of the awards for Best Web Editorial, Best Front of Book, the Jim Cormier Award for Best Display Writing and Best Art Integration.

Also to be announced: CSME’s highest honour, the Editor of the Year Award. Previous winners include Sasha Emmons, Penny Caldwell, Patrick Walsh, Aldona Satterthwaite, Caroline Connell and Dale Duncan.

Nominees announced for the 62nd Canadian Business Media Awards

Today Canadian Business Media (CBM) has announced the finalists in 21 categories for the 62nd CBM Awards in Memory of Kenneth R. Wilson, honouring excellence in business-to-business magazine publishing.

More than 67 magazines entered the competition, which was adjudicated by 75 volunteer judges. A total of 36 Canadian B2B publications are nominated for awards in 21 written, visual and special categories. The Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be presented at the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto on Tuesday June 7, 2016, during the CBM Awards gala.

Complete list of finalists [PDF]

Magazine of the Year finalists

BCBusiness: For more than 40 years, BCBusiness has informed, empowered and connected British Columbia’s leaders and entrepreneurs, whom are innovating in the province and beyond. An essential source in the business community, this publication features deep analysis, strong storytelling and authoritative opinion. This year, BCBusiness is also a finalist in the category of Best Cover.

Marketing: Marketing aims to serve the chief marketing officer’s playbook. Thanks to compelling stories, supported by strong design elements, each issue informs and inspires the decision makers and by extension, the various businesses that surround them in the marketing industry. The magazine’s team is nominated for five other awards as well, including Best Issue and Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue.

The Medical Post: The independent voice for Canada’s doctors, The Medical Post is a vehicle for physicians to share their experience through doctor-authored content. The periodical, which celebrated 50 years of publishing in 2015, features surveys, research-based clinical content, helpful practice management tips and much more to the physician community. The Medical Post also garnered six nominations for written categories this year.

Top Nominated Magazines
CPA Magazine leads all publications with 25 nominations. Ranking second is Professionally Speaking/Pour parler profession with 16 nominations. University Affairs and D&A Magazine share the third position with 8 nominations each.

2016 Harvey Southam Leadership Award
The Canadian Business Media is pleased to announce that the 2016 Harvey Southam Leadership Award will be presented to Michel Dongois, senior journalist of the business-to-business press. Recognized for his outstanding professionalism, integrity and humanism, Mr. Dongois will receive this prestigious honour at the the CBM award ceremony.

The Harvey Southam Award is the highest individual honour bestowed by Canadian Business Media. Winners represent the highest standards of B2B publishing and are recognized for their contributions to the Canadian Business Media tradition of distinguished initiative, leadership and integrity.

62nd CBM Awards Gala
The 62nd CBM Awards gala will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at the elegant Grand Banking Hall at One King West, Toronto. Doors will open at 6:30pm for a wine reception and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner and the awards presentation will follow at 7:30pm.

Photo by Nigel Dickson
DB Scott (photo by Nigel Dickson)

CBM is delighted to announce D.B. Scott as this year’s Master of Ceremonies; career editor and journalist, daily blogger about Canadian magazines, teacher in the Magazine and Web Publishing program at Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education and consultant to publishers, magazines and industry associations. D.B. was presented with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement by the National Magazine Awards in 2010.

The CBM Awards invites you to be a part of this special night, the 62nd in a glorious tradition recognizing excellence in Canadian B2B publishing. For tickets and other information—and to view the complete list of nominees—please visit krwawards.ca.

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Barbara Gould, Managing Director, at staff@krwawards.ca or 416-939-6200.

About the Canadian Business Media Awards
The 62nd CBM Awards in Memory of Kenneth R. Wilson are produced by Canadian Business Media. The awards program recognizes the outstanding efforts of business-to-business magazine content. Regarded as one of Canada’s top business writers, Kenneth R. Wilson wrote with clarity and authority. His opinions were widely sought and respected. In spite of his busy career, he was active in a number of editor and journalist associations. A tragic airplane crash ended his distinguished career in January, 1952. He was 47 years old. It is the memory of Kenneth R. Wilson, his example and his achievements in business press journalism, that we honour each year with these awards.

New Trail, Eighteen Bridges, Omar Mouallem enjoy big night at 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards

Last night in Calgary the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association presented the Alberta Magazine Awards to a boisterous audience of writers, editors, art directors, publishers and other magazine lovers, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who punctuated his keynote address by thanking all for “telling our stories.”

New Trail, the alumni magazine of the University of Alberta, took home a whopping 6 gold awards including the biggest prize, Magazine of the Year. New Trail has been nominated for 7 National Magazine Awards since 2012 and won Best Art Direction of a Single Article at last year’s NMAs.

 

New Trail also won 2016 AMPA gold awards for Illustration, Art Direction of a Single Issue, Editorial Package, Feature Design, and Best Cover–all for their “Future of Everything” issue which clearly blew away the Alberta mag awards judges. The art direction is by Marcey Andrews, also a National Magazine Award winner, and the illustrations are by NMA winner Raymond Biesinger and Gwen Keraval.

 

Other winning magazines at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards:

  • Avenue Edmonton 6 (2 gold, 4 silver)
  • Eighteen Bridges 5 (4 gold, 1 silver)
  • Avenue Calgary 5 (5 silver)
  • Swerve 4 (3 gold, 1 silver)
  • Western Living 4 (1 gold, 3 silver)
  • Alberta Oil 3 (2 gold, 1 silver)
  • Alberta Venture 3 (1 gold, 2 silver)

Among individual winners, writer Omar Mouallem won 3 awards from 6 nominations, including gold for Profiles and Service: Lifestyle, and a silver for Feature Writing.

Omar Mouallem is also the editor of The Yards magazine, which swept gold and silver in the category Emerging Writer.

 

Eighteen Bridges editor Curtis Gillespie, also a director of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, accepted the award for Editor of the Year.

 

Check out all the nominees and winners at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards or on Twitter @AMPA.