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May 11th: SALE: FREE SHIPPING on all books published prior to 2016!

May 2nd: Congratulations to all those published as well as the final winners in our 10th annual national student poetry contest. Click here for the complete list of winners.

The three gorgeous collections will be released later this week. All prizes and pre-orders will be shipped by May 10th. Didn't pre-order? Visit our SHOP page to order your copy today.

Mar. 22nd: Author's releases for the student short-story contest must be received by March 31st to be guaranteed publication and entry into the final round. Proof sheets are currently being emailed 2-4 weeks after we receive the author's release (if requested).

The pre-order deadline for the short-story collections has been extended until April 10th.

Feb. 17th: Thank you to everyone who submitted work for our 10th annual student story contests. We have sent mail to all teachers regarding first-round results. Successful participants have also be sent mail to the mailing address listed on their entry form. Please contact us if you have not received anything by March 4th.

Nov 7th: Students, do you love to write? Enter our 10th annual national free student poetry and short-story contests! Please visit our STUDENT CONTESTS page for further details or SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE. Deadlines:
Nov. 12th (Poetry - deadline just extended!)
Dec. 18th (Short Story)

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About Us

We are a small Canadian publisher dedicated to the task of creating books showcasing the very best poems and short stories written by Canadians of varying backgrounds, ages, and occupations.

We care deeply about the environment and our books have been printed on FSC-certified recycled papers since 2008!

Many contests charge entry fees to cover the costs associated with prizes and publication, and then publish one to three percent of entries. These are wonderful endeavours for those who can afford the fees and accept the odds. Other companies, however, may wish you to think of them as government-sponsored, non-profit organizations using names such as “Institute,” or “Library.” Most are private operations that offer to publish the majority of entries and may even charge fees to include things like a small biography.

We at Polar Expressions Publishing are trying something unconventional. We are offering an honest and ethical alternative to vanity publishers. By not charging entry fees we make our contests available to everyone, regardless of financial ability. And by publishing approximately 25-45% of the entries we receive (depending on the contest and age/grade of participant) we give all a fair chance to get published and see how their work compares to their peers, while still producing something to read of high-quality.

We hope to inspire Canadians of all ages to continue reading and writing! We know our collections stand out, and invite you to take a look at what we do. Your experience with us will speak for itself!

We run four competitive contests each year.

Although open year-round, in spring we announce our annual national poetry contest, as well as our annual national short-story contest. These are both free contests aimed at writers of all ages, writing for an audience of their peers. Their purpose is to encourage Canadians of all ages to use writing as an outlet for expressing their thoughts and emotions.

In early September we announce our annual national student writing contests, for children and young adults in kindergarten through grade twelve. Our intent is to provide a free yet valuable tool to educators in encouraging their students and to inspire a lifelong enchantment with poetry and prose. The young people of Canada have an outstanding ability that is often not recognized by the literary world. The creativity they are able to display through their writing can be astounding.

We, at Polar Expressions Publishing, believe all Canadians should have an opportunity to share their work and see what their peers are thinking about. We want to provide that important venue so they are able to write about these things in a positive environment.