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Call for Submissions: The Writers' Union of Canada 27th Annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers

Attention new and emerging short story writers!

The Writers' Union of Canada is now inviting submissions for its annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Now in its 27th year, the Competition seeks to discover, encourage and promote new writers of short prose. Unpublished works of fiction and nonfiction up to 2,500 words in English are eligible, and writers may submit multiple entries. The winner will take home a $2,500 prize, and both the winning story and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration. Past finalists and winners include Amy Stuart, Alexander MacLeod, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, and Lewis DeSoto.

The Competition's esteemed jurors this year are Janet Barkhouse, author of Salt Fires (Pottersfield Press); Jacqueline Guest, author of twenty books including last year's Death by Dinosaur (Coteau Books), and Naben Ruthnum, author of Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race (Coach House) and, as Nathan Ripley, the thriller Your Life Is Mine (Simon & Schuster).

Canadian citizens and residents who have had no more than one book published and are not currently under contract for a second book are encouraged to submit. Authors not published in book format are also eligible. Entry is $29 per submission, and submissions will be accepted online until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on February 14, 2020. The winner will be announced in late spring 2020.

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