Our annual Great Canadian Literary Hunt is on! For 16 years now, This Magazine has surveyed this vast country for the best and brightest in Canadian new fiction and poetry. This year, we’ve added a new category. For the first time, we’ll award a prize for the best creative non-fiction—think personal essays, experimental essays, memoir, biography, literary journalism, and any other hybridized piece of “I” and fact.
This year, we will also run online writing workshops for each category—plus a special in-person workshop designed to help make your writing shine and give you tips on getting that great piece of work published. You can also check out our website for weekly Q&As with past winners, past judges, and current literary greats.
Even with all these awesome additions, the Lit Hunt is still the same great contest you know and love. We have great cash prizes, plus publication in an issue of This Magazine and exposure to our nationwide readership that includes top publishers, writers and editors.
Past winners of the Great Canadian Literary Hunt have gone on to be recognized at the National Magazine Awards, the Journey Prize, and the Trillium Book Award; many have been published by the top houses in the country and are among the most exciting talent in fiction and poetry today.
You could be next! Just send your entries by July 31, 2012 and join This Magazine’s 45-year tradition of heralding the brightest talents in Canadian letters.
Questions? Just email email@example.com or visit http://this.org/lithunt for more information.
The Great Canadian Literary Hunt Rules of Engagement
1. Original, unpublished poems of up to 100 lines, short stories of up to 2,500 words and creative non-fiction stories of up to 2,500 words by Canadian citizens or residents are eligible.
2. Emerging new writers, opposed to well-established authors, are encouraged to participate.
3. First prize in each category is $750 plus publication in a special literary supplement to the Nov/Dec 2012 issue. Second and third prize in each category is a lovely This Magazine prize pack, plus publication online. This year, we will also award a special People’s Choice award, voted on from a selection of Editor’s Picks.
4. Entry fees: $25 for one short story, on creative non-fiction story, or two poems. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to This Magazine*. Each additional entry is $5. Entry fees can be paid by Paypal (to firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also pay by personal cheque or money order payable to This Magazine.
5. Entrant’s name MUST NOT appear on the submission itself. All entries must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with entrant’s full name, address, postal code, telephone number, e-mail address, submission title(s) and category.
6. A list of winners will be available at this.org. Mailed manuscripts will not be returned. Winners will be contacted by telephone.
7. Entrants must agree to be bound by the contest rules. Judges’ decisions are final.
8. Entries should be submitted electronically to: email@example.com, or postmarked no later than July 31, 2012 and mailed to: THE GREAT CANADIAN LITERARY HUNT c/o This Magazine, 401 Richmond St. W., Suite 417, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8
*This Magazine subscribers will have an additional year added to their subscription term.
We’re still finalizing our panel of judges. Previous judges have included Gil Adamson, R.M. Vaughan, Erin Mouré, Christian Bök, Priscila Uppal, Michael Winter, Andrew Pyper and Camilla Gibb—just to name a few. For regular updates on The Great Canadian Literary hunt or more information about This Magazine, visit this.org
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