Contests

We are now accepting submissions for our 2015 contests. The results of our 2014 contests were published in Issue 132: What Comes to the Surface.

Previous winners (and a few others we couldn't resist) are published in:

2013 - Issue 128: Lies and Appropriate Truths. 

2012 - Issue 124: Close Encounters of a Complicated Kind

2011 - Issue 120: Love is Abroad

2010 - Issue 116: To See and Be Seen

 

The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award, sponsored by the St. Jerome's University English Department 

Winning story: $1000

This contest, is named in honour of Peter Hinchcliffe, who was instrumental in the founding of the magazine and has made an impact in the lives of many students in his longstanding role as lecturer at St. Jerome’s University. 

The $1000 top prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction by a Canadian (citizen or resident) writer who has not yet published a first novel or short story collection.  Though there is only one top prize, all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. All submissions will be judged blind.

Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly

Eligiblity: Submissions must be previously unpublished. Entrants must be Canadian or currently residing in Canada. Writers must be in the early stages. We define a writer in the early stages as someone who has not yet published a first story collection or novel.

There is no word limit. Entrants anonymity will be carefully preserved throughout the judging process; please ensure that your name does not appear on your document. Decisions will be made by August 31; finalists will be notified by email.

Deadline: May 28, 2015

Interviews with our past Peter Hinchcliffe Contest Winners:

2013: Alanna Marie Scot

 

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The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest: $1000 for one glorious poem

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Sponsored by previous TNQ editor Kim Jernigan and family in celebration of the man who sparked their love of poetry, this contest is for poems written in response to an occasion, personal or public-poems of gratitude or grief, poems that celebrate or berate, poems that make an occasion of something or simply mark one. We are interested in light verse and in verse more sober, in the whole spectrum of tones and occasions. One of Nick's own poems, which we think captures the broadness of his (and our) sense of 'occasion', is pictured at left. It originally appeared in Issue 100 of TNQ.

We will award a grand prize of $1,000 to the poem judged most worthy. Another $1,000 in prize money will be distributed as the judges fancy. However the prize money falls, the best of what we see will be published in The New Quarterly, at our usual rates, and posted on our website.

Entry fee: $40 for up to 2 unpublished poems, $5 each for additional poems. Submissions include a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly and may be accompanied by a brief paragraph describing the event that occasioned the poem. 

Eligiblity: Entrants must be Canadian or currently residing in Canada. Entries may not be previously published, accepted, or submitted for publication elsewhere. There are no restrictions on length or number of entries, as long as the appropriate fees are paid. Entrants anonymity will be carefully preserved throughout the judging process. The decisions will be made by August 31; winner(s) and finalists will receive notification by mail. 

Deadline: February 28, 2015

Interviews with our past Occasional Verse Contest Winners:

2013: Suzanne Nussey
2012: Anne Marie Todkill
2011: Kerry-Lee Powell
2010: Jeanette Lynes

 

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The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest: $1000 for one winning essay

Edna Staebler was a pioneer in the field of literary journalism. Her first article, "Duellists of the Deep", a story about swordfishing with Neil's Harbour fishermen, was published in MacLeans when she was in her mid-40s and won the Canadian Womens Press Club Memorial Award. From there, she went on to write many more articles for MacLeans, Chatelaine, Saturday Night, and others in the decades to come, as well as Cape Breton Harbour, a book about the time she spent there. And, of course, many readers know her best as the engaging voice of Food that Really Schmecks, a series of cookbooks so entertaining that people read them in bed. 

Edna opened the door for generations of personal essayists, not just with her example but with her generosity, founding many awards, scholarships, and bursaries. In 1981, she helped to found The New Quarterly, and in 2005 we were one of many lucky organizations and individuals to receive a gift from her completely out of the blue, a cheque for $25K. 

In the spirit of Edna's contributions to the genre, we are interested in essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer's personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line. There is no restriction on essay length or subject matter, but the author must be a Canadian citizen or resident.

We offer a $1,000 prize for the winning essay; all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine.

Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly

Eligiblity: Entrants must be Canadian or currently residing in Canada. Entries may not be previously published, accepted, or submitted for publication elsewhere. There are no restrictions on length or number of entries, so long as the appropriate fees are paid. Entrants anonymity will be carefully preserved throughout the judging process. If names used in your essay may reveal your identity, please use pseudonoms and make a note so we know to ask for the real names before publication. The decisions will by made by August 31; winner(s) and finalists will receive notification by email. 

Deadline: March 28, 2015

 

Interviews with our past Personal Essay Contest Winners:

2013: Caterina Edwards
2012:  Sierra Skye Gemma
2011: Lisa Martin-DeMoor 
2010: Theresa Kishkan 

 

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