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July 4: Do you love to write?
Send your latest poem (48-line max) and/or short story (750-word max) to our 17th national writing contests for Canadians of all ages!

Summer Contest Deadline:
July 31, 2024

SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE or download an entry form to print and complete before mailing your entry.

June 4: We are pleased to announce the winners of our 19th annual national student writing contests: 2023-2024 Student Contest Results. Congratulations to the final prize winners as well all those published this year!

The beautiful student collections have just arrived. Yay! It takes a little while to pack and ship prizes and pre-orders, and we expect to finish by Friday, June 14. Canada Post then takes around five to ten business days to deliver. Please let us know if you haven't received your prize or order by June 28. Have a wonderful summer holiday!

NOTE: Our office will be closed June 17-20. We will respond to any inquiries and ship any new orders placed during this time upon our return. Thank you for your kind understanding

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!

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. 

Our contests and publications are funded solely through the sale of the books. Even though we would love to, it is NOT possible for us to provide payment or complimentary copies to all writers published in the collections.

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.