November 26th: We are pleased to announce the winners of our 13th annual national writing contests: 2020 Contest Results. Congratulations to the final prize winners and all those published!

The magnificent collections have arrived and we have started shipping prizes and pre-orders. Please note Canada Post is not guaranteeing time standards due to the pandemic, so items may take longer than usual to reach you. We appreciate your patience!

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

Do you love to write?
Send your latest poem (48-line max) and/or short story (750-word max) to our 14th national writing contests for Canadians of all ages!

Next Contest Deadline:
July 31, 2021

SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE or download an entry form to print and complete before emailing, faxing, or 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 14th annual

2021 National Poetry Contest and
2021 National Short-Story Contest

(for Canadian citizens or residents of all ages)

July 31, 2021

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, 2021.

SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE or email, fax, 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with an author's release they need to sign (or have their parent/guardian sign if applicable) and return or they will not be published.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

by web email form SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE
  Acceptable file attachments: .doc/.docx or .txt preferred; .pdf and .jpeg okay
  (No .PAGES files or Google doc links please)
by mail: Polar Expressions Publishing
  PO Box 500 Stn Main
  Maple Ridge BC V2X 3P2
by fax: 604-465-0756

We look forward to reading your work!