Short Story Competition

 The 2020 Competition is now Closed
2021 Details Coming Soon
The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story's 16th Annual Literary Short Story Competition for Emerging Writers is now over.  

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.
 Adults: $1,500 PRIZE with two additional $250 prizes.
Youth:  $500 PRIZE with two additional $250 prizes


Contest Deadline tbc, 2021 – 11:59pm PST

The winning entry will be the Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction, written by an author not yet published in book format.  Winners will be announced at the 2020 Festival with simultaneous social and print media release.

ENTRY FEE

$25 per entry for Adults;
$10 per entry for Youth
Pay through Submittable (link currently not active). 
If it is not possible for the entrant to make an on-line payment please mail to:
Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story
c/o Huron County Library
77722B London Road, RR#5
Clinton, ON N0M 1L0

DEADLINE:  tbc, 2021

JURY

A regional judging panel will select the top 10 stories within each category.  A celebrity judge will choose the winners.

ELIGIBLE WRITERS

  • Canadian citizens or landed immigrants /refugees and those living in Canada
  • All writers who have NOT been published professionally in book format, including online publications, in any genre and who do not have a contract with a book publisher. (NOTE: this does not include self-published or technical writing).
  • Adult writers are age 19 years and older; Youth are up to 19 years of age on or before March 25, 2020 or as otherwise stated in the individual award categories.
  • Previous winners are ineligible to win again in the same category.

ELIGIBLE ENTRIES

  • Short fiction prose; up to and including 2,500 words (title excluded), English language
  • Name must not be on the submitted file
  • Not previously paid to be published in any format
  • Must be writers’ original works
  • Multiple submissions welcome – (only one entry per writer is eligible for award)
  • Shortlisted winners will be notified prior to the festival in June 2020.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES

  • Click on the button below to fill out the application form and upload your entry.
  • Submissions will be accepted online only
  • Payment will be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard) via Submittable.
  • If it is not possible for the entrant to make an on-line payment please mail by March 10, 2020 with a cheque made payable to Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story to:

Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story
c/o Huron County Library
77722B London Road, RR#5
Clinton, ON N0M 1L0

  • Entries must be received by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on tbc, 2021 to be eligible.

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

The Festival takes place where Alice Munro grew up, in Huron County, Ontario, Canada from tbc, 2021.

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Adult Category Prize: $1500 +  2 additional prizes of $250 each
 Youth Category Prize: $500 +  2 additional prizes of $250 each
 

Competition Deadline: tbc, 2021