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May 5th: The student collections went to print last week and all parchment orders were completed and shipped on or before May 3rd. We expect to receive the books in early June. We will announce final prize winners and ship prizes and pre-orders as soon as they arrive.

If you didn't pre-order before the deadline, we have ordered extra copies, which will be available to reserve (purchase) from our online SHOP while they last. Have a lovely May!

February 8th: Thank you to everyone who shared their work with us in our 2021-2022 national student writing contests! We have now mailed first-round results to all participating teachers. We have also mailed packages to students who have been selected for publication to the home address provided on the entry form.

If you haven't received news by February 18th, please contact us at that time as author's releases (giving us permission to publish) are due March 6, 2022.

December 16th: Hello, the books finally arrived from the printer this afternoon! We are starting to pack orders and prizes and will be finished late tomorrow or Saturday. Canada Post is not guaranteeing delivery times during the pandemic, and the road situation is not back to normal here, so please expect some delays in delivery to you as well. Thank you very much for your kind understanding and patience. It has been greatly appreciated. We hope you love the book(s). Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

December 2nd: Congratulations to the final prize winners for each division and all those published in our 14th annual national summer poetry and short-story contests for all ages!

Click here for the list of 2021 final prize winners.

The books have completed printing but are stuck at the printer's in Québec due to extensive damage to major roadways from flooding and slides here in British Columbia. All roads connecting us to the rest of Canada are closed or open to essential traffic only, which does not include trucks carrying commercial goods. We are waiting to hear when they may reopen so the books can make their way to us. We will send prizes and orders as soon as we receive the books. Thank you for your patience and kind understanding.

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

July 2nd: Our summer contest deadline of July 31st is approaching. Do you have a new poem and/or story you want to share? Enter today! (email version: SUMMER CONTEST ENTRY FORM; mail-in version: MAIL-IN ENTRY FORM).

June 16th: The student collections have arrived! We have started shipping prizes and orders. We will complete the packing/shipping process by June 25th. Please allow time for Canada Post to deliver. Thank you for your patience!

June 2nd: We are pleased to announce the winners of our 15th annual national student writing contests: 2020-2021 Contest Results. Congratulations to the final prize winners and all those published!

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

April 28th: The student collections are printing. We expect to receive them around the middle of June and will announce final prize winners at that time.

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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.