Contests

The EMWF is committed to providing a venue for unpublished or modestly published writers to showcase their work. Over the years, past contest winners have returned to the Festival as published authors. Sit down at the keyboard or pick up your pen and get working on this year’s submission. Judges for The Fringe, the EMWF Literary Contest, and the Student Poetry Contests are eager to read your work.

The Fringe

 

Deadline: June 30, 2017

Entry Rules & Requirements

  • Open to writers unpublished in book format and who have not previously read at The Fringe
  • Prose: Maximum 2500 words, double-spaced
  • Poetry: Three to five poems, maximum five pages, single-spaced.
  • Manuscripts must be in Arial (or similar) 11-point font.
  • No images or coloured ink.
  • Submit 5 copies. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME OR CONTACT INFORMATION ON THESE COPIES.
  • Include a cover page with the title(s) or first line along with your name, mailing address, phone number and email address.
  • Submissions will not be returned.
  • Winners will be notified in August.

Entry Fee
$10 reading fee per entry
Please do not send cash. Make cheque or money order payable to: Eden Mills Writers’ Festival.

To Enter
Mail five (5) copies and payment to:
Fringe Contest
c/o Jane Hastings
94 Alma Street S
Guelph, ON N1H 5W9

Literary Contest (17+)

 

Deadline: Postmarked May 30, 2017

Open to new, aspiring and modestly published writers over the age of 16.

Contest Categories
• Short Story: Max 2500 words
• Poetry: A poem or collection, no more than five poems
• Creative Non-Fiction: Max 2500 words

Prizes
The best entry in each category will win a $250 prize. Winners will be invited to read a short selection from their work at the Festival on Sunday, September 10, 2017.

Entry Fee
$15 Canadian per entry
Please do not send cash. Make cheque or money order payable to: Eden Mills Writers’ Festival.

To Enter
Mail four (4) copies of your submission including a cover page with name, address and contact info, plus payment to:
EMWF Literary Contest
c/o Laurel Marsolais
39 Bushmills Crescent
Guelph, ON N1K 1T6

Teen Poetry Contest

2017 Theme: Time and all its gifts

Deadline: May 30, 2017

The winners in each of the following levels will be invited, along with their families, to the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival on September 10, 2017 where they will be presented with a framed copy of their winning poem.

  • Jr. High (Gr. 9-10)
  • Sr. High (Gr. 11-12)

Contest Rules:

  1. Entrants may submit one poem (one-page maximum) each.
  2. Entries must contain 5 copies of the poem:
    • Copy 1: Include your poem with your name, address, phone number, age, grade, teacher’s name and yours school’s name.
    • Copies 2-5: Include only your poem with the title. Do not include your name. The judging is blind.
    • Entries are confidential and non-returnable.
  3. Contest open to residents of Canada only.

Mail entries to:

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival
Poetry Contest
19 Cedar Street,
Eden Mills, ON  N0B 1P0

For further information or inquiries relating to the contest, contact us by email at manager@emwf.ca

Children’s Poetry Contest

2017 Theme: Time and all its gifts

Deadline: May 30, 2017

The winners in each of the following levels will be invited, along with their families, to the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival on September 10, 2017 where they will be presented with a framed copy of their winning poem.

  • Primary (Gr. 1-3)
  • Junior (Gr. 4-6)
  • Intermediate (Gr. 7-8)

Contest Rules:

  1. Entrants may submit one poem (one-page maximum) each.
  2. Entries must contain 5 copies of the poem:
    • Copy 1: Include your poem with your name, address, phone number, age, grade, teacher’s name and yours school’s name.
    • Copies 2-5: Include only your poem with the title. Do not include your name. The judging is blind.
    • Entries are confidential and non-returnable.
  3. Contest open to residents of Canada only.

Mail entries to:

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival
Poetry Contest
19 Cedar Street,
Eden Mills, ON  N0B 1P0

For further information or inquiries relating to the contest, contact us by email at manager@emwf.ca