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

Winning story: $1000 and a one-year Duotrope Gift Certificate (a USD $50 value)

This contest is sponsored by Duotrope

Deadline: May 28, 2019

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 $1000 top prize will be awarded for one work of short fiction (no word 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  • Submissions must be unpublished, nor can they have been accepted for publication elsewhere.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).

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 .doc or .rtf
  • Include the word count at the bottom of your document
  • title should be included in document

Please note: Entrants’ anonymity will be preserved throughout the judging process. Decisions will be made by August 31st. Finalists will be notified by email.

This contest is sponsored by Duotrope


Interviews with past contest winners:

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”

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Peter Hinchcliffe Contest Entry Form

  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, rtf.
    Please include all poems within one document. These will be considered as separate entries once processed by our team.
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