The Fiddlehead's Nineteenth Annual Literary Contest--deadline Dec 1

The Fiddlehead's Nineteenth Annual Literary Contest


$1,000 Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem
$500 each for the Two Honourable Mentions

$1,000 for Best Story
$500 each for the Two Honourable Mentions

Add it up — that's 4,000 Dollars

The winning entries will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of The Fiddlehead (No. 243) and on our web site. The winning authors will be paid for publication in addition to their prizes.


Deadline: Postmarked by December 1, 2009

Entries must be original and unpublished elsewhere. No simultaneous submissions and no previously published (or accepted for publication) submissions. This includes no simultaneous submissions to any other contest.

One entry for the short fiction category is one story of up to 25 double-spaced pages.

One entry for the poetry category is up to 3 poems with no more than 100 lines per poem. Poetry may be single-spaced.

Word-processed or typed entries only. Please use white paper and only print on one side.

All entries must be submitted by mail. No faxed, digital, or emailed submissions are allowed.

Vetting for the contest is blind. Do not put your name and address on your manuscript. Instead include a cover page with the title(s) of your entry, which category (short fiction or poetry), and your name and contact information: mailing address, phone number, and email address.
AManuscripts will not be returned. Please keep a copy of your entry.

Contest winners only will be contacted by the end of February 2010. All entrants receive a copy of The Fiddlehead's spring issue which includes the winning entries. Winners will also be posted on the Fiddlehead website.

Entry Fee: $30 (CAD) for an entry from Canada and $36 (USD) for an entry from the U.S. or overseas. Make your cheque or money order payable to The Fiddlehead and enclose it with your entry. The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Fiddlehead. Already a subscriber?—you'll receive a one-year extension to your current subscription.

Multiple entries allowed, but only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription.

The Fiddlehead occasionally swaps its subscription list with other literary organizations. If you don't wish to be included in such exchanges, please state this on your entry's cover page.

Send Entries to:

The Fiddlehead Contest
Campus House, 11 Garland Court
University of New Brunswick
PO Box 4400
Fredericton NB
E3B 5A3 Canada

For further information contact us at (replace (at) with @)

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