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April 29: The office will be closed from April 30th to May 7th. We will reply to all emails and messages and ship parchment orders or older book titles ordered while we are gone upon our return on May 8th. Thank you for your patience and kind consideration!

April 24: The student collections have gone to print! We expect to receive them in late May or early June. Once they have arrived, we will announce final prize winners for each grade and begin shipping prizes and pre-orders.

Jan 31: Thank you to everyone who shared work with us in our 2023-2024 national student writing contests! Judging is complete, and we are just finishing up the data entry. Mail will be sent via Canada Post to all teachers as well as participants (to the home address provided) who are being offered publication.

If you haven't received news from your teacher (and to your home if you are informed your work is being offered publication) by February 26th, please be sure to contact us at that time. If your entry is offered publication, author's releases (giving us permission to publish) will be due March 12th.

If you see an error in your information on the author's release, please mark the correction directly on the form before completing and returning. Thank you!

November 24th: We are pleased to announce the winners of our 16th annual national summer writing contests: 2023 Contest Results. Congratulations to the final prize winners as well all of those published this year!

The resulting collections have just arrived. We expect to finish shipping prizes and pre-orers by Wednesday, November 29th. Canada Post takes around five to ten business days to deliver. Please let us know if you haven't received your prize or order by December 11th. Have a wonderful holiday season!

NOTE: If you are placing a new order and hope to receive it in time for Christmas, we recommend ordering no later than December 11th.

September 9th: Do you have a new poem and/or story you want to share? Enter today! SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE

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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.