Annual Prose & Poetry Contest

Contest OPEN DEC 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Over $1700.00 in Prizes
1st Prize (Poetry and Fiction) $500 Sponsored by Frontenac House and AWCS
2nd Prize (Poetry and Fiction) $250. Sponsored by Freehand Books
3rd Prize (Poetry and Fiction) $75.00 Sponsored by FreeFall Literary Society
Honourable Mention (Poetry and Fiction) $25.00 Sponsored by Freehand Books

All contest entries are also automatically entered into the Lynn Fraser Memorial contest for a chance to win $100.


Natalie Meisner is a playwright, an award-winning multi-genre author, and 5th Poet Laureate of Calgary. Baddie One Shoe (Frontenac) is a collection of odes to renegade women who fight the powers that be with laughter. Legislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story (University of Calgary Press)  illuminates the life of a beloved Calgary bus driver and the last Canadian to be jailed for homosexuality. Her play Boom Baby won both the Canadian National & the Alberta Playwriting Award. Speed Dating for Sperm Donors (Playwright’s Canada Press) was a hit at Lunchbox & Neptune. Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family (Fernwood) topped non-fiction lists and her first book for kids My Mommy, My Mama My Brother & Me (Nimbus) is about a two-mom biracial family finding community. 
Her new play Area 33 is about fraud in the lobster industry and the search for signs of intelligent life in the universe.  Meisner is a wife and mom to two great boys and a Professor in the Department of English at Mount Royal University where she works in the areas of creative writing, drama and gender/ sexuality studies.   www.nataliemeisner.com


Entry fee: $25.00 (includes one year subscription for your first entry only)*
Additional entries $5.00 (at time of original entry only)

Maximum 3000 words prose, or 5 poems per entry.
Both Electronic entries and Mailed entries must be received on or before April 30, 2021.
Only previously unpublished work may be entered. No simultaneous entries.
Prose entries must be:
Double spaced with a title
Page number at the top of each page
NO authors name on manuscript

Poetry entries must be:
Single spaced
NO author’s name on manuscript
Poems that run more than one page require a title and page number at the top of each page.

Mailed Submissions General Formatting page size: 8.5” X 11” , all margins: 1.5”, 12 pt Times New Roman font. Please save as doc or docx.

Please Note - Short listed entries may be selected for publication to round out the issue and will be paid the standard rate.



The Thief, the Crier, and those Damned Dark Ages
Phoebe's Five-Finger Revolt
By the Numbers
Roll, Pitch, and Yaw
The Canary's Calling
Three Bucks
Tea Party for Nomi
Barred with White
The Voynich Manuscript


Arc Welding and the Sorcery of Premonition in Beijing, 1989 Tiananmen Square Revisited
What I Need is Another Hole in the Head
Questions for David in the Presence of Death
Mixed Medium
The Blurb
Filthy Rich
Notes from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Watershed Moments Snorkeling Finless in the Pacific. Costa Rica
Place of Origin, Unmapped
Atrial Fibrillation: My Husband Gets a New Diagnosis
Press 0 to Speak Directly to God
Stubborn Fucks
Midnight on the Gibson River
Shark Teeth
Test Case
Ballad of a Free Man
The Kettle Bomber
Death MachineDrDeath’s Mechanical Syringe Delivered Potassium chlorideInto patients’ Veins 
Decision-Making Time
First and Second Loves

Previous Annual Contest Winners

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