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January 11th: Thank you to all of the schools and students who shared work with us in our 2022/2023 national student writing contests! Entries are currently being judged, and then we will finish up the data entry before sending letters through Canada Post. We expect to mail first-round results by early February to teachers at the school address as well as participants being offered publication (to the home address provided).

If you haven't received news by February 17th, 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 in early March (specific date will be posted once the letters have been mailed).

December 1st: We are pleased to announce the winners of our 15th annual national summer writing contests for all ages: 2022 Contest Results. Congratulations to the final prize winners and all those published!

The resulting collections have arrived despite the snow! We expect to finish shipping prizes and pre-orers by Monday, December 5th. Canada Post takes around five to ten business days to deliver. Please let us know if you haven't received your prize or pre-order by December 20th. Happy holidays!

September 9th: Our K-12 student contest deadlines of November 21st (poetry) and 28th (story) are approaching. 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.