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Canadian Book Awards, Writing Contests and Literary Prizes

3-Day Novel Contest
Can you produce a masterwork of fiction in three short days? The 3-Day Novel Contest is your chance to find out. For 37 years, hundreds of writers hav...
Deadline: 2017-09-11

Acorn-Plantos Award for Peoples Poetry
The Acorn-Plantos Award for Peoples Poetry is awarded annually to a Canadian poet, based on a book published in the previous calendar year. The work...
Deadline: 2017-06-30

Alberta Book Awards
The Alberta Book Publishing Awards are presented by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.Categories include: Children’s Books, Scholarly a...
Deadline: 2017-03-31

Alberta Views Short Story Contest
The contest is open to all current or former (long-term) residents of Alberta except employees of Alberta Views. Stories must be no longer than 3000 w...
Deadline: 2017-02-28

Alice Munro Short Story Competition
This annual short story competition is designed to provide an opportunity for writers to develop their craft and connect with like-minded associates. ...
Deadline: 2018-04-01

Amazon.ca First Novel Award
The Amazon.ca First Novel Award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a Canadian first-time novelist. Authors must be Canadian citizens (regardles...
Deadline: 2016-01-31

Ann Connor Brimer Award
The $2000 prize is presented by The Nova Scotia Library Association to the author of a children’s book which has made an outstanding contributi...
Deadline: 2017-11-15

Anna Pidruchney Award for New Writers
Awarded to a novice writer under the age of 35 for a literary work which includes Ukrainian Canadian characters or is based on a Ukrainian Canadian t...
Deadline: 2017-11-30

Arthur Ellis Awards
The Arthur Ellis Awards are a group of Canadian literary awards, presented annually by the Crime Writers of Canada for the best Canadian crime and mys...
Deadline: 2017-10-15

Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest
The Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on unpublished Canadian poets. Launched by Heidi M. Stock in April (N...
Deadline: 2017-06-01

Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing
The Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing was established to recognize and promote literary achievement in the Social Sciences and Humanities fiel...
Deadline: 2017-12-01

Barbara Novak Writing Award
The Professional Writers Association of Canada presents the Novak award annually for Excellence in Humour/ Personal Essay Writing. This award was es...
Deadline: 2016-06-06

BC Book Prizes
The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The prizes are for fiction, non-fictio...
Deadline: 2017-01-31

bpNichol Chapbook Award
The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to b...
Deadline: 2017-05-31

Canada-Japan Literary Awards
The Canada-Japan Literary Awards recognize literary excellence by Canadian writers writing on the subject of Japan, or Japanese culture. These award...
Deadline: 2016-04-30

Canadian Science Writers' Association Book Awards
Each year the Canadian Science Writers' Association offers two book awards to honour outstanding contributions to science writing 1) intended for and ...
Deadline: 2017-12-01

Canadian Stories Magazine Contest for Short Stories, Poetry, and Black & White Art
This Canadian folk magazine offers a prizes in categories including creative non-fiction, true stories, fiction, poetry, essays, and military stories,...
Deadline: 2018-06-01

Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Writing Contest
Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2016 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition. To be considered, a story must have...
Deadline: 2016-12-31

CANSCAIP Writing For Children Competition
A goal of the Writing for Children Competition is to discover, encourage, and promote new writers of children's literature across Canada. The Wri...
Deadline: 2016-07-31

CBC Poetry Prize
Open to original, unpublished, poems or poetry collections between 400 and 600 words written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. <...
Deadline: 2017-05-31

CBC Short Story Prize
This annual contest is open to original, unpublished stories between 1200 and 1500 words, written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canad...
Deadline: 2016-11-01

Cedric Literary Awards
The Cedric Literary Awards are open to all full-time residents of British Columbia, aged 50 years or older as of January 1, 2015. Participants will be...
Deadline: 2017-05-01

CLA Book of the Year for Children Award
To merit consideration for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, a book must have been published in Canada in 2014 and its author must be a Can...
Deadline: 2017-12-31

CLA Young Adult Book Award
This award recognizes an author of an outstanding English language Canadian book which appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18. To be el...
Deadline: 2017-11-30

Claremont Review Annual Writing Contest
This international magazine for young writers hosts an annual writing contest for writers from 13 to 19 years old. Winners are selected in both poetry...
Deadline: 2018-03-15

Clean as a Whistle Contest
We invite you to submit poems on the subject of hygiene. Poems on soaps, shampoos, conditioners, aftershaves, toothpastes and other toiletries will b...
Deadline: 2016-03-31

Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize
The Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize is awarded to the best work submitted to the magazine’s annual contest for a genre that embraces, ...
Deadline: 2017-08-01

Cundill Prize in Historical Literature
The Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill (Cundill Prize) was established in 2008 to recognize and promote literary and academic achievemen...
Deadline: 2017-05-31

Dartmouth Book Awards
The Dartmouth Book Awards honour Nova Scotia literature and recognize the valuable contribution writers make to our cultural heritage. Two prizes valu...
Deadline: 2017-11-14

Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing
The Democracy 250 Book Award honors an outstanding work of non-fiction that promotes awareness of, and appreciation for, and aspect of the history of ...
Deadline: 2017-11-14

Donner Prize
The Donner Prize encourages and celebrates excellence in public policy writing by Canadians, on topics of great importance to Canadians. The winner wi...
Deadline: 2017-11-30

Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest
Dr. William Henry Drummond (1854-1907) was "Canada’s First National Poet" as well as doctor and a silver mine owner in the Cobalt area. Included...
Deadline: 2017-03-31

Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest
n the spirit of Edna’s contributions to the genre, we are interested in essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal...
Deadline: 2016-03-28

Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
The Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award was established in 1985 following the death of Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver, one of Canada's pre-...
Deadline: 2017-12-01

Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction
Eligible authors have yet to publish their fiction in book form (a book is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). One prize of $1,000 (CAD) is...
Deadline: 2017-05-01

Fresh Ink
Fresh Ink is a novice contest designed for new hobby writers who have not yet been published. The awards are the ideal opportunity to have your word c...
Deadline: 2018-02-15

Governor General's Literary Awards
French-language book in each of the seven categories of Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Children’s Literature (text), Children’s Lit...
Deadline: 2017-03-15

Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest
Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. Previously pub...
Deadline: 2017-06-30

Griffin Poetry Prize
The Griffin Poetry Prize is the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in, or translated into English, fr...
Deadline: 2017-12-31

Hamilton Literary Awards
The Hamilton Arts Council is calling for submissions by Hamilton-area authors for the 22nd Annual Hamilton Literary Awards to recognize works and auth...
Deadline: 2017-04-28

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
The prize is awarded for literary excellence in the category of nonfiction, which includes, among other forms, personal or journalistic essays, histor...
Deadline: 2017-03-22

J.M. Abraham Poetry Award
The J.M. Abraham Poetry Award was created by the writing community in the late 1990s. The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, with the assistanc...
Deadline: 2017-11-01

Kayak Illustrated History Challenge for Kids
The award is open to Canadian kids between the ages of 7 and 14. Students are invited to create their own illustrated story based on any element of Ca...
Deadline: 2018-06-01

Kobo Emerging Writer Prize
To be eligible, the book must be the first book published by the Entrant. The book must be an English language full-length novel or short story colle...
Deadline: 2016-03-11

Lane Anderson Award
The Lane Anderson Award honours the very best science writing in Canada in two categories: adult and young reader. Jury panels drawn from the Canadian...
Deadline: 2016-04-29

Lionel Gelber Prize
The Lionel Gelber Prize was founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber. The prize is a literary award for the world’s best non-fiction book ...
Deadline: 2017-10-31

Lit POP Awards
This contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States. The deadline for all submissions is July 1st 2015. Winners will be notified in Augu...
Deadline: 2017-07-01

Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest
Canada's favorite micro-writing competition. Submit a story and a postcard-the relationship can be as strong or as tangential as you like, so long as...
Deadline: 2017-02-01

Lush Triumphant Literary Awards
Open to short fiction (3,000 words max), poetry (5 related poems, up to 15 pages), and creative non-fiction (max 4,000 words). Winning entries will re...
Deadline: 2017-05-15

Malahat Review Long Poem/Novella Prize
The Malahat Review, Canada's premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the Long Poem Prize. Two awa...
Deadline: 2018-02-01

Malahat Review Novella Contest
The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere for the Novella Prize. One pri...
Deadline: 2016-02-01

Martyn Godfrey Young Writers Award
This is an annual, juried contest open to all Albertan students in grades 4 through 9. Students are invited to submit their best short stories (500-15...
Deadline: 2016-03-31

National Business Book Awards
Books must be Canadian business-related and published in 2015. Accepted themes include business management, business history, business biography, or e...
Deadline: 2017-12-01

National Capital Writing Contest
Open to writers living in Canada’s National Capital Region, both in Ontario and Quebec. Short Story (max. 2500 words) and Poetry (not Haiku) (ma...
Deadline: 2017-01-31

Northern Ontario Poetry Competition
All entrants must be Northern Ontario residents. Northern Ontario is defined as those residents who have addresses with postal codes beginning with th...
Deadline: 2017-05-31

Okanagan Short Story Contest
The contest awards the best new short stories by writers in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The contest is sponsored by the Faculty of Crea...
Deadline: 2016-12-30

Prix Aurora Awards
The Aurora awards are run by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA), a federally registered non-profit society. The awards recog...
Deadline: 2017-03-17

QWF Awards
Every year, The Quebec Writers' Federation shines the spotlight on the best English-language writers to emerge from Quebec. The QWF Awards include six...
Deadline: 2017-06-01

R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature
This award was established in 1982 in honour of children’s author Ronald Ross Annett (1895-1988) and recognizes a children’s book published by...
Deadline: 2017-12-31

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award is open to writers under the age of 35 and unpublished in book form. The award alternates each year between poetry and s...
Deadline: 2016-03-23

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
This prize for literary excellence offers a $25,000 first prize to the novel or short-story collection the judges determine is the year’s best ...
Deadline: 2016-07-27

Saskatchewan Book Awards
The Saskatchewan Book Awards offers 14 annual or semi-annual awards to celebrate, promote and reward Saskatchewan authors and publishers worthy of rec...
Deadline: 2017-11-01

Shakespeare Selfie Youth Writing Challenge
The challenge: Write a modern-day soliloquy or monologue by a Shakespearean character. Could be in iambic pentameter or modern syntax. Entries shou...
Deadline: 2016-04-29

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize is sponsored by Aimia and supported by the Politics and the Pen Gala. Now in its fifteenth year, the prize is awarded annu...
Deadline: 2017-11-15

Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize
Submit stories on any subject, not to exceed 20 pages. Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are inel...
Deadline: 2016-06-01

Short Fiction Contest
Entries must be original, unpublished stories, any genre, maximum length 2,500 words. Entrants must be Canadian citizens, or landed immigrants. En...
Deadline: 2017-04-30

Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic
The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a juried award which recognizes exceptional writing in three categories: ...
Deadline: 2017-01-31

Taste Canada Food Writing Awards
Taste Canada—The Food Writing Awards is the highest honour for culinary writing in the country. The Awards are presented in Toronto each year at the...
Deadline: 2016-02-24

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
All genres of books (i.e., picture books, fiction, non-fiction and poetry), written for young people up to age 12, are eligible for consideration. Te...
Deadline: 2017-12-14

The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize
The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize is awarded in honour of acclaimed Calgary writer W.O. Mitchell and recognizes literary achievement by Cal...
Deadline: 2016-04-15

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry
Robert Kroetsch was one of Canada’s most celebrated literary writers and critics. His novels, poetry, and theory have consistently been benchmarks f...
Deadline: 2017-03-01

Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence
The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. T...
Deadline: 2017-12-25

Toronto Book Awards
The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. Authors are only eligible if their submis...
Deadline: 2017-04-30

Trillium Book Award
The Trillium Book Award was established by the Ontario government in 1987 to “recognize excellence, support marketing and to foster increased publ...
Deadline: 2017-01-30

Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
This contest is open only to Christians. It is open to all Christians. You do not need to be a member of Utmost Christian Writers. You may be a publis...
Deadline: 2016-02-28

Vallum Award for Poetry
Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry. Submit up to 1-3 poems of maximum 60 lines...
Deadline: 2017-07-15

Vallum Chapbook Award
Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished chapbooks for this contest. Poems may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not...
Deadline: 2017-03-31

Walrus Poetry Prize
The Walrus Foundation is delighted to announce the fourth annual $4,000 Walrus Poetry Prize and $1,000 Readers’ Choice Award, generously supported b...
Deadline: 2017-06-30

WFNB Writing Competition
WFNB Writing Competition offers prizes in seven categories: fiction manuscript, short fiction, poetry manuscript, single poem, children and teens, you...
Deadline: 2016-02-29

Word Awards
The Word Awards was established to encourage the pursuit of excellence in the art, craft, practice and ministry of writing and help to raise the profi...
Deadline: 2017-02-15

Word by Word - WCSC Short Fiction Contest
Final judge: Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists, Toronto.
The maximum word count is 1500 words (title not included). Any entries longe...
Deadline: 2016-03-31

Young Buck Poetry Prize
CV2 magazine has created a new annual poetry contest exclusively for writers under the age of 35. The YOUNG BUCK poetry prize is awarded to the author...
Deadline: 2017-10-01

Young Writers of Canada Annual Creative Writing Contest
Entrants must be between 5 and 18 years old at the time the entry is written. There are two age groups: 5-11 years and 12-18 years. Theme is open, 36...
Deadline: 2017-03-31