Sep 5th: First-round results are mailing out today to all participants in our 2017 summer writing contests. Thank you to everyone who shared their work with us! Proof sheets will be emailed by September 29th to all those selected for publication.

Do you love to read? Three wonderful collections are in production and are available to pre-order from our SHOP page. Thank you in advance for your support!

Do you love to write?
Send your latest poem (48-line max) and/or short story (750-word max) to our 10th national writing contests for Canadians of all ages!

Next Contest Deadline:
July 31, 2018

SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE or download an entry form to print and complete before emailing, faxing, or mailing your entry.

Do you want to read previous winning entries? A link to excerpts can be found below each published collection (Adobe Reader required) on our SHOP page.



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Summer Contests

Next up . . . our 11th annual

2018 National Poetry Contest and
2018 National Short-Story Contest

(for Canadian citizens or residents of all ages)

July 31, 2018

No entry fee! Cash prizes to be won!

Each summer we hold two contests, which are open to Canadian residents and citizens of all ages. There is a separate division for young writers.

Over $3500 will be awarded in cash and other prizes.

There is no entry fee and no obligation to purchase anything.

As well as the opportunity to win cash prizes, there will be ten honourable mentions in each contest and the top group (approx. 33%) of all entries received will be published in a keepsake, soft-cover collection to be released in early December. All participants will receive a bookmark gift!

Entries must be sent by July 31, 2018.

SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE or email, fax, or mail your entry along with a printed and completed entry form or reasonable facsimile.

Writers who are successful in the first round will receive a letter of congratulations to their home address in September, along with an author's release they need to sign (or have their parent/guardian sign if applicable) and return or they will not be published. They will then move forward to the final round of judging to possibly win one of the prizes listed below.


16 & Over (poetry & short story):
First prize: $500.00
Second prize: $250.00
Third prize: $100.00
And . . . ten honourable mentions for each contest!

Young writers division (15 & under - poetry & short story):
First prize: $200.00
Second prize: $100.00
Third prize: $50.00
And . . . ten honourable mentions for each contest!

All first-, second-, and third-prize winners will receive a free copy of the anthology featuring their entry, as well as those who receive honourable mentions .


Ways to Enter

Send entries  
  Acceptable file attachments: .doc/.docx or .txt preferred; .pdf and .jpeg okay
  (No .PAGES files or Google doc links please)
by mail: Polar Expressions Publishing
  PO Box 500 Stn Main
  Maple Ridge BC V2X 3P2
by fax: 604-465-0756
by email: [email protected] or
[email protected]

We look forward to reading your work!