SiN announces Short Story Contest!

Algoma area writers, get your pens and keyboards ready – you’ve got less than a month!

For what?

Why, to write your entry for the Stories in the North Short Story Contest!

That’s right. We’ve already announced the details of our3rd Annual Short Story Contest so if you haven’t heard yet, you might want to get started.


We have a theme:

For this year’s contest, writers will have to apply four of the five  words listed below to their story.

The five words are:

  • flash
  • secret
  • red
  • expletive
  • frog

How we picked those words:

It was totally random. We asked five people at our recent workshop with Brian Henry for a word. We didn’t tell them why. We simply said, “Quick! A word.” So these are what we got.  Just think about all the ways you could apply these words or add these events/features/things into your story. Sound fun?

So other than that little detail, the sky’s the limit with your story. It can be any length up to 5000 words and any genre will be accepted.

Who can enter:

Anyone living in the Algoma or Manitoulin area for all or part of the year is eligible to enter.

There are two divisions: young writers, aged 18 and under; or adults, aged 19 and over.

First Prize in each category is $50.00, second is $30.00 and third is $20.00.

Be sure to follow all the submission rules:

  • Stories must be typed in Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.
  • Your title and page number should appear on every page.
  • Send four copies and one cover sheet with the story title and your name, address, phone and email on it.
  • Indicate “adult” or “young writer”.
  • Do NOT put your name on the story itself.
  • An entry fee of $5.00 should accompany each story. Make cheques payable to Stories in the North.

Where to send your stories:

Stories should be mailed (make sure you have the right number of copies!) to:

Stories in the North Short Story Contest
c/o Box 369
Thessalon, ON
P0R 1L0

Stories must be postmarked by May 31, 2015.

Entry to this contest includes release of first publication rights only for the winning stories. All other rights remain with the author. For stories that don’t win, all rights remain with the author.

Winners will be notified by email or mail and will then be announced on the Stories in the North website and Facebook page. A judging panel has been selected to judge all entries. Their decisions will be final.

Got any more questions?

Send them to SiN member Pauline Clark at with “Story Contest” in the subject line.

(And be sure to check out Brian Henry’s super-awesome website for writers of all levels. It’s Quick Brown Fox and there’s tons of writing information on it! There may even be something that inspires you to write a story for the SiN Short Story Contest.

You think?