August 29th: Thank you to everyone who shared their work with us in our 2022 national summer writing contests! We are currently mailing first-round results to all participants who provided a Canadian address on the entry form.

If you haven't received news by September 14th, please contact us at that time. If your entry was offered publication, author's releases (giving us permission to publish) are due October 1, 2022.
Do you love to write?
Send your latest poem (48-line max) and/or short story (750-word max) to our 16th national writing contests for Canadians of all ages!

Next Contest Deadline:
July 31, 2023

SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE or download an entry form to print and complete before 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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Next up . . . our 16th annual

2023 National Poetry Contest and
2023 National Short-Story Contest

(for Canadian citizens or residents of all ages)

July 31, 2023

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, 2023.

SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE 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 and an offer of publication to their home address in late August/early 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with an author's release they need to sign (or have their parent/guardian sign if applicable) and return or they will not be published.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

or by mail: Polar Expressions Publishing
  PO Box 500 Stn Main
  Maple Ridge BC V2X 3P2

We look forward to reading your work!