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Jan 15th: Thank you to everyone who shared their work with us in our 2017-2018 student writing contests! We will be mailing first-round results to all teachers by January 31st.

Participants selected in the first round will also receive mail at their home address (or care of their teacher if they did not include an address on the entry form).

If you haven't received news by February 10th, please contact us.

Author's releases (giving us permission to publish) will be due March 9th.

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

November 27th: We are pleased to announce the winners for our 10th annual national summer contests: 2017 Contest Results. Congratulations to the final prize winners, honourable mentions, and all those published!

The magnificent summer collections have arrived. All prizes and pre-orders are expected to be shipped on or before November 30th.

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

Sep 5th: Students in kindergarten through grade twelve! Do you love to write? Enter our 12th annual national student poetry and short-story contests! Please visit our STUDENT CONTESTS page for further details or SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE. Deadlines: November 15th for poems and November 30th 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.