The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award

$1000 for one outstanding short story

Sponsored by the St Jerome’s University English Department and Duotrope

Deadline: May 28, 2020

This contest honours distinguished St Jerome’s University lecturer, Peter Hinchcliffe, who was instrumental in founding The New Quarterly and who served for many years as co-editor. His approach to teaching, as well as his personal charm and endearing sense of humour, had an enduring influence on both students and colleagues; this award recognizes Peter’s outstanding contributions to his home department.

Entry & Eligibility Details

  • One top prize including $1000 and a one-year Duotrope Gift Certificate (a USD $50 value) will be awarded for one work of short fiction.
  • While there is no specified word count, 3,000 words is the suggested upper limit.
  • Entry fee: $40 per piece (includes a 1-year Canadian subscription or renewal to The New Quarterly).
  • Submissions must be unpublished, nor can they have been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Submissions are accepted online only.
  • Entrants must be Canadian (citizen or resident).
  • Entrants must not have published either a first novel or short story collection.
  • Ensure that the entrant’s name does not appear on the submission document.
  • All entries will be considered for publication in The New Quarterly ($250 paid upon publication).
  • Entrants’ anonymity will be preserved throughout the judging process.
  • Decisions will be made by August 31st. Finalists will be notified by email.

Formatting Guidelines

  • Header and footer area must be clear (do not include page numbers)
  • Font size 12 (minimum)
  • 1.5 spacing preferred
  • Document type must be either .docx, .doc, or .rtf
  • Include the word count at the bottom of your document
  • Title should be included in document

Interviews with past contest winners:

2019: Paola Ferrante for “The Underside of a Wing”
2018: Katie Zdybel for “The Last Thunderstorm Swim of the Summer”
2017: Shannon Blake for “The Mataram Miracle”
2016: Lisa Alward for “Old Growth”
2015: Sivan Slapak for “Road One”
2014: Alanna Marie Scott for “Maybe the World is Ending”

We also accept payment by cheque or credit card over the phone.

Contact us at 519-884-8111 ext. 28290 or at info[at] for more information.

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