Fiction and Poetry Competitions
Two wonderful opportunities for Canadian writers! (including Permanent Residents)
The $15,000 Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Competition
The $3,000 Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition
Carter V. Cooper $15,000 Short Fiction Competition (Year Seven / 2016-17) is open – Deadline for submissions (extended) is Monday May 22, 2017. $10,000 awarded for Best Story by an Emerging Writer, $5,000 for Best Story by a Writer at any career point. Literary and Speculative fiction / all styles considered. (Speculative Fiction includes all forms of literature of the Fantastic, such as. Fantasy, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, Horror, Alternative History, etc.).
Awards Gala to be held September, 2017. The shortlisted writers (announced in July) will be published by Exile Editions in the CVC Anthology Series, Book Seven, and all will be published over four issues in Exile: The Literary Quarterly (ELQ); our standard payment fees to authors will be applied.
• A unique competition and publishing opportunity for all Emerging and Established Canadian fiction writers. Download the
• Stories must not have been previously published, not scheduled for publication in book or anthology form prior to November 2017, and must not have been submitted elsewhere for publication consideration: Story length up to 10,000 words.
More on Exile’s $15,000 Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Competition:
As with each year thus far, we had a very successful year six with many many great stories having been submitted, and again awarded $10,000 for the best short story by an emerging writer (winner, Matthew Heiti), and $5,000 for the best short story by a writer at any career point (winner, Helen Marshall). And, over the years, 73 writers have appeared in the CVC (Carter V. Cooper) Short Fiction Anthology series, Books One through Six (published by Exile Editions).
Also, a very important component of this competition is authors can go on to realize full book publication ~ eight of our previous year’s winners and shortlisted so far. Silvia Moreno-Garcia (co-winner, emerging, year one) in September 2013 released her first collection This Strange Way of Dying; Christine Miscione (year two, emerging winner) released in Sept 2013 her first collection Auxiliary Skins; Leon Rooke, year two co-winner of the senior category released the collection Wide World in Celebration and Sorrow: Acts of Kamikaze Fiction; Austin Clarke, year three co-winner of the senior category released the collection They Never Told Me and Other Stories, and 2015 emerging winner Hugh Graham with Last Words (which was then short listed in 2016 for the $10,000 Danuta Gleed Award, and received a starred review in Publishers Weekly). Shortlisted writers Matthew R. Loney published That Savage Water, George McWhirter with The Gift of Women, and Veronica Gaylie with Sword Dance (a 168-page long poem/fiction-like tale). Also to note is that in 2013 Silvia Moreno-Garcia edited the anthology Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction, and 2014’s Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse – both now in their third printing!
This year’s awards gala was a Sunday luncheon held at 2nd Floor Events in Toronto, with 65 people out for the reserved-seat afternoon celebration, followed by a garden party in Rosedale. The next awards event will be held September, 2017… be a part of this unique Canadian experience!
Click here: CVC7 Entry Form (extended date) 2016-17 for the downloadable PDF for your submission.
Gwendolyn MacEwen $3,000 Poetry Competition (Year Five / 2016-17) is open – Deadline for submissions (extended) is Monday May 22, 2017.
• A unique competition and publishing opportunity for all Emerging and Established Canadian poetry writers. Download the MacEwen5 Entry Form (extended) 2016-17.
$1,500 for Best Suite by a Writer at Any Career Point
$1,000 for Best Suite by an Emerging Writer (new this year)
$500 for Best Poem.
• Poetry must not have been previously published, and must not have been submitted elsewhere for journal/magazine publication consideration (although it may be from a collection by an author, even one that is forthcoming in 2017 – but please check with us for eligibility). NEW: our previous guidelines indicated that up to 8 poems may be submitted as a single submission, but the total page length of the submission is not to exceed 24 pages. However, as the original premise for the guidelines grew from the way we publish poetry in our magazine (i.e. usually a selection/series of 4 – 7 poems) we are now allowing for submissions with just 24 pages as the limit/restriction (so one could in fact submit 24 short poems as a suite). As the competition evolves, and writers styles/approaches are incorporated, our guidelines evolve to reflect this.
• The year five winners, and selected shortlisted writers will be published, over four issues, by Excelsior Publishing in the Exile: The Literary Quarterly (ELQ); our standard payment fees to authors will be applied. Poetry may also be considered for full-book publication with Exile Editions (in 2015, one winner and one shortlisted were published: Jeff Bien with In a Time of No Song, and Veronica Gaylie with Sword Dance; both books available via these Amazon links. And in 2017 Rafi Aaron will be published with his collection In the Days of the Cotton Wind and the Sparrow).
Our previous winners:
In Year Four we had three categories, $1,500 for Best Suite by an Established writer, $1,000 for Best Suite by an Emerging Writer, and $500 Best Poem by a writer at any Career Point.
• Best Established Suite: Gillian Harding-Russell (Regina, Saskatchewan) with Making Sense
• Best Emerging Suite: Kerry Gilbert (Vernon, B.C.) with Little Red
• Those on the Short List:
Cor-age [Kerry Gilbert]
Ladywood [Susan Vernon]
Marta Dreams of a Better Life [Susan J. Atkinson]
Puss Cat in the Underworld [James MacSwain]
• Best Poem: Bruce Meyer (Barrie, Ontario) with The Road to Alfacar
• Those on the Short List:
Fool [James MacSwain, emerging]
Listen to Me Like You Have Listened to the Rain [Rafi Aaron, emerging] – his new collection will be published by Exile Editions in 2017.
Mennonite House [Sherry Coffey, emerging]
Water Elegy [Tom Wayman, established]
Year Three ~ Best Suite: Tom Wayman. Best Poem: Bruce Meyer.
Year Two ~ Best Suite: Jeff Bien. Best Single Poem: Brian Brett (note: Jeff Bien had his collection of poems published by Exile Editions in 2015).
Year One ~ Best Suite, joint Winners: Marilyn Bowering and Linda Rogers van Krugel. Best Poem: Pamela Porter. (note: Linda Rogers has also been shortlisted for our Fiction Competition, and had her new novel published by Exile Editions in 2016.)