The Carleton Creative Writing Concentration Competition, organized under the auspices of Carleton University’s Department of English as well as its burgeoning Creative Writing Concentration, is an exciting new expanded version of the former “High School Writing Competition.”

The theme of the competition is “Passages: Transitions Between Worlds.” We invite writers across the country to adapt, interpret, and explore this theme through both short fiction and poetry.

In honour of “passages” as a concept, this competition is intergenerational, with an age category for burgeoning writers of eighteen-years and younger and another for writers above eighteen.

Interconnecting these age groups will encourage young people to develop their writing by exposing them to multiple important aspects of Canadian literary culture. More experienced writers will likewise have the chance to further develop the imagination and polish of their writing craft as they write towards interpreting the theme of passage and transition.

A writing contest hosted by the Creative Writing Concentration
in the Department of English at Carleton University

This year’s theme:
Passages: Transitions Between Worlds

Two age categories: 18 years and under; 18 years and above
Two writing categories: Poetry and Short Story
Canadian and International Entries Welcome

Winning entries will be featured in a peer-reviewed anthology of prose and poetry published in spring 2015 by In/words Magazine and Press. They will also receive a $300 cash prize. Second-prize winners will receive $100. First and second-place winners will receive books donated by House of Anansi Press.

Winners will be announced March 15th, 2015

Entries must be previously unpublished and original. One poetry or story entry per person.

Include a cover page with your name, contact information, title of your entry, and your age category. Your name should not appear on your manuscript (as judging is blind).

Poetry: 3 poems (maximum 100 lines per poem)

Short Story: 1 story (maximum 3000 words)

Postmark Deadline: February 15, 2015

Send postmarked, hard-copy entries to:

“Passages” Creative Writing Contest
c/o Department of English, Carleton University
1812 Dunton Tower
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1S 5B6


Nadia Bozak, novelist, short-story writer, film theorist, and assistant professor of English

Amatoritsero Ede, poet, scholar, publisher and managing editor, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, MTLS


Nadia Bozak

Travis DeCook

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