Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

Next Festival: June 2-4, 2023
Short Story Contest Opens Jan.1/23

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story is an annual two-day festival that features workshops, readings, onstage presentations, and community events that celebrate emerging writers and short fiction.

Author readings

During its history, the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story has presented multiple award-winning writers including: Margaret Atwood, Emma Donoghue, Michael Ondaatje, Vivek Shraya, Jane Urquart, and Ian Williams.
See all the past authors


As part of our goal to nurture emerging writers, The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story hosts Masterclasses, enabling emerging writers to interact and learn from established writers.

Learn more about our Masterclasses

Short Story Competition

The Short Story competition is an opportunity for writers to explore the short story, a literary art form made popular by 2013 Nobel laureate Alice Munro.

Submission deadline: March 15, 2022.
Find out how to enter

Children laughing as they listen to a book read aloud

Alice Munro Festival for Kids

Celebrated Canadian authors share their stories with students in Avon Maitland schools through a partnership with the Foundation for Education.

See the presenters of the 2021 Storytelling for kids events

About Alice

Alice Munro is a Canadian short story writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013. The Festival takes place where Alice grew up, in Huron County, Ontario.

Learn more about Alice Munro

About this year’s artwork

Created by artist Christin Dennis, the Yellow, Red, Black and White represent the 4 races, the four directions, the four elements , the four aspect of the human, four animal totems, the sacred medicine wheel. Read more

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