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September 9th: Our K-12 student contest deadlines of November 21st (poetry) and 28th (story) are approaching. Do you have a new poem and/or story you want to share? Enter today! SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE

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.

June 10th: All prizes and orders have now been shipped. Most items should arrive by June 24th, but Canada Post is taking a little longer these days, so we appreciate your patience if you live far from British Columbia.

May 31st: We are pleased to announce the winners of our 16th annual national student writing contests: 2021-2022 Contest Results. Congratulations to the final prize winners and all those published!

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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 country. Our books are printed in Canada on FSC-certified recycled papers!

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 offer to publish almost all the 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 ethical alternative to vanity publishers. By not charging entry fees, we make our contests available to everyone, regardless of financial ability. By publishing approximately 25-50% 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 of high quality.

We hope to inspire Canadians of all ages to continue reading and writing! We know our collections stand out, and we 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.

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 youth in kindergarten through grade twelve. Our intent is to provide a free yet valuable tool to educators to encourage 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.