Get inspired to write a poem or short story.

Enter our contest for a chance to win $50, $100 or $200. Contest closes Sunday August 15 at 5
  • Pick from our selection of four art works created and shown in our 2020 Annual Juried Show and use one as inspiration to write a poem or short story.
  • Adults can write a poem (max 40 lines), Short Story (max 2,500 words) or Creative Non-Fiction (max 2,500 words)
  • Youth can enter poems and short stories. Line and word count same as above.
  • Enter in either the youth (15-21) or adult (22+) category.
  • Pay one entry fee Adults $20, Youth $15, and enter one to three pieces in any mix of poems and stories.
  • Entry form below. Payment required with entry.
  • Contest closes Sunday August 15 at 5 pm.
  • Finalists will be asked to read part or all of their entries during Culture Days 2021 that last weekend of September.
  • First Place in each category is $200

  • Second Place in each category is $100

  • Honorable Mention in each Category is $50

10-Word Story Contest

Arrival of Spring – Birdsong by Margetta Beardsley

The Underpass by Cathy Downard Palmer

Familar Space by Holly Leier Vanderveet

Ivan by Carolanne MacLean

Literary Contest 2021

  • Please note that the Creative Non-fiction Category is not open to youth.
  • How many poems or stories are you entering? Each entrant is limited to three (3) entries, be they fiction, poetry,, creative non-fiction or any combination. You enter 1-3 pieces of writing and pay only one fee.
  • Chose either poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction to describe your 2nd piece.
  • Check which art work you used to inspire this piece of writing.
  • Copy and paste your poem or story into this block, including the title of the piece. Do not include your name in this field. Poetry is limited to 40 lines. Fiction and Creative Non-fiction is limited to 2,500 words.
  • Chose either poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction to describe your 2nd piece.
  • Check which art work you used to inspire this piece of writing.
  • Copy and paste your poem or story into this block, including the title of the piece. Do not include your name in this field. Poetry is limited to 40 lines. Fiction and Creative Non-fiction is limited to 2,500 words.
  • Chose either poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction to describe your 3rd piece.
  • Check which art work you used to inspire this piece of writing.
  • Copy and paste your poem or story into this block, including the title of the piece. Do not include your name in this field. Poetry is limited to 40 lines. Fiction and Creative Non-fiction is limited to 2,500 words.
  • Entry Fee for adults 21+
    Price: $ 20.00 CAD
  • Entry Fee for youth 12-20
    Price: $ 15.00 CAD
  • $ 0.00 CAD

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