The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar
Jan 12, 2016
It's been a frenetic and exciting year. The EPub and Kindle versions of the 2016 edition are now available. The move to Cobalt and the general upheaval of 2014-2015 is settling. All copies of the 2016 edition are in the mail on their way to you. In past years it has been a struggle to keep it down to under 80 pages, but this year the calendar tops out at 70 pages. I double-checked many pieces, but although the number of contests has gone down slightly, the remaining ones seem to have increased the prize monies. The increase in paper prices and postage we have absorbed, the only difference being a slightly lighter cover stock for this edition.
This is our fourteenth year doing the Contest Calendar.
We try to post new contests, or changes in deadline dates on the Updates page through the year. The links for contest submission are on the left-hand bar. Second from the top, that's it. Choose the most convenient format, or copy the form into the body of an email and send it to us.
The electronic formats have proved popular, and the 2016 edition is now available in both EPub and Kindle formats. From conversations over the past two years, it seems that the electronic version of the CWCC was portable and not able to be lost on vacation, while the print copy stayed safely at the desk. It was an interesting perspective.
Always check for your contest, make sure it is still operating, and that the deadline is where you thought it would be. Many things change after we go to press. Many of them are not planned. Check again about a month before the deadline to confirm that there haven't been any other changes. And if there are, please send me an email, or a note to let us know. Let us know if you hear of any new opportunities as well. Check the Update page during the year.
Full CONTEST information is in the book. The 2016 Book Awards listings can be obtained directly from the Award sponsors. The advantage for the ebook version is that all the web addresses are hyperlinked so you can tap on them and see for yourself. It's good to know what awards are there and and when their deadlines are. There are an incredible variety of awards. Newest awards we noticed were for blogs, e-zines and graphic novels. Most of them need submissions of your published book from your publisher, not the author. With smaller presses, it may be helpful to gently inquire as to whether your book will be submitted. The sizes of some of those prizes would make it feel more like winning a lottery, but they are given out, and if you qualify, your name should be in the hat. It's good for book sales, and general publicity. And possibly for your pocketbook as well.
Hope you are having a wonderful writing year.
Many thanks for your support, especially during these past two years.
ISBN: 9781927541425 | WMPub#1216 | 8½" x 11" | 70 pages stapled | $16.95