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March 16th: Thank you to everyone who submitted work for our 9th annual student short-story contest. We will notify all participants regarding first-round results in April/May through the teacher listed on the entry form. Successful writers will also receive mail to their home address.


January 5th: Students, do you love to write? Enter our 9th annual free student short-story contest! Please visit our STUDENT CONTESTS page for further details or SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE. Deadlines:
Feb. 28th (post-marked)
Mar. 6th (emails/faxes)

Congratulations to all those selected for publication in our 9th annual student poetry contest. We are just beginning first-round notifications and mail will be sent to teachers by Monday, January 12th, and all successful participants to their home addresses by February 12th. If you are a participant and haven't heard anything by this time please contact us.

November 24th: Congratulations to all those published as well as the final winners in our 7th annual national summer writing contests. Click here for the complete list of winners.

The three gorgeous summer collections will be released this week. All prizes and pre-orders will be shipped by November 28th. Didn't pre-order? Visit our SHOP page to order your copy today.

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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 companies 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." In reality, 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 from one-third up to half the entries we receive (depending on the contest) we give all a fair chance to get published and see how their work compares to their peers. 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 highly 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. 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 poetry contest, and in early January we announce our annual national student short-story contest for children 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 those youngsters 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.

We occasionally accept a limited number of manuscripts for consideration of traditional publishing. If you are interested in future opportunities, please check back here periodically to see when submissions reopen.