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May 6th: We will be closed for a family holiday from May 7 - May 24 and apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

The student collections are expected to arrive from the printers at the end of the month. We will announce the winners and begin shipping pre-orders and prizes immediately at that time.

Apr 16th: The pre-order deadline has been extended until April 21, 2019.

Jan 17th: Thank you to everyone who shared their work with us in our 2018/2019 student writing contests! We expect to mail first-round results to teachers and those who are being offered publication at the end of January.

If you haven't received news by February 22nd, please contact us.

Author's releases (giving us permission to publish) will be due March 8th.

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

December 4th: We are pleased to announce the winners for our 11th annual national writing contests: 2018 Summer Contest Results. Congratulations to the final prize winners for each division and all those published!

The magnificent collections have arrived. All prizes and pre-orders will be shipped by December 6th, and we hope they will delivered by Canada Post before December 20th.

If you didn't pre-order, please visit our SHOP page to get your copy today. There are a limited number of copies remaining.

August 31st: Students in kindergarten through grade twelve, do you love to write? Enter our 13th annual national student poetry and short-story contests! Please visit our STUDENT CONTESTS page for further details or SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE. Deadlines: November 16th for poems and November 23rd for stories

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About Us

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.