Creative Writing Contest


Welcome to John Abbott College’s New Voices Creative Writing Contest Webpage

Short fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry

Local prizes: $300 (Three winners, $100 each, publication in Locus)

QWF grand prize: $1000 (The three winners of the local contest will be entered into the Quebec Writers’ Federation College Writers Award)



Contest Guidelines

Contest Guidelines:

  • Accepted genres: creative nonfiction, short fiction, or poetry.
  • Maximum length for short stories and creative nonfiction is 4000 words. Maximum length of a poem is 100 lines.
  • The writer must be enrolled at John Abbott. Limit of one submission per student.
  • Applicant must have had a primary residence in the province of Quebec for at least one year at the time of submission.
  • The submission must have been written in English (translations are not eligible).
  • Cover letter indicating name, address, phone number and student ID.
  • Submissions will be read blind so no identifying information should be included on submission manuscript.
  • PDF or Word format only.
  • Submissions may be emailed directly to (Questions can also be directed to this address.)
  • Submission deadline is May 15, 2022

For more information, contact Claire Russell from the English Department:

*all identifying information will be removed from submissions before they are sent to the selection committee (submissions will be read blind)

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