Island Literary Awards Submission Guidelines


Adult (18+) Award Categories

  • Unless otherwise indicated, the entry fee for each submission is $25; cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third prize categories. The ILAs are open to Island residents only (six-month resident minimum prior to submission date).
  • All submissions must be original and unpublished prior to the awards ceremony (note: self-published and blogging counts as being published).
  • These awards are open to those age 18+ who are not in the K-12 school system.
  • Please read all the eligibility criteria and formatting notes outlined below prior to submitting your work.


Literature for Children Awards

  • Submissions must be a story written for children (max 5,000 words). Illustrations may be submitted with the story but are not necessary.
  • Please read all the eligibility criteria and formatting notes outlined below prior to submitting your work.


Poetry Awards

  • One entry consists of eight (minimum) to ten pages (maximum) of poetry.
  • Please read all the eligibility criteria and formatting notes outlined below prior to submitting your work.


Short Story Awards

  • A short story, maximum 2,500 words, will constitute as an entry.
  • Please read all the eligibility criteria and formatting notes outlined below prior to submitting your work.


Creative Non-Fiction Awards

  • This category includes humour writing, memoir, biography, personal essay, travel writing, and feature articles. It involves writing about real events, people, or ideas, conveying a message through the use of literary techniques. The work should be accessible to a general reading audience (not written for a specialized or academic audience). Maximum length: 2,500 words.
  • Please read all the eligibility criteria and formatting notes outlined below prior to submitting your work.


Marie Coyoteblanc Award for Indigenous Writing

  • The Marie Coyoteblanc Award for Indigenous Writing acknowledges the contribution made to the PEI literary culture by Indigenous writers. Indigenous stories are an important part of our culture, and, ultimately this category is intended to encourage more Indigenous people to write.
  • This prize is open to PEI residents who identify as Indigenous.
  • This prize is designed to recognize literary merit and promote works in all categories including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, writing for children and young adults, plays, and scriptwriting.
  • Please read all the eligibility criteria and formatting notes outlined below prior to submitting your work.


Prince Edward Island Association for Newcomers to Canada Award

  • This award recognizes and acknowledged the contribution made to the PEI literary culture by a writer new to Canada. Newcomers help expand our culture awareness and share their unique experiences in a number of ways, including the written word.
  • This prize is open to anyone who has immigrated to Canada and made PEI their new home within the past five (5) years. 
  • Submissions can be in any category (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, writing for children and young adults, plays and scriptwriting).
  • Please read all the eligibility criteria and formatting notes outlined below prior to submitting your work.


The Scott Parsons Literary Award

  • The Scott Parsons Literary Award is presented in recognition and celebration of the outstanding literary merit of a Black, Island writer.
  • Scott Parsons, co-founder and first President of the Black Cultural Society of PEI, is a multi-disciplined Island singer/songwriter who has consistently used his voice, through a variety of mediums including music, theatre, film, radio, and television, to deepen and enrich our understanding of our Island's history, sparking a new generation of artistic creativity.
  • This prize is designed to recognize literary merit and promote works in all categories including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, writing for children and young adults, plays and scriptwriting.
  • This prize is open to PEI residents who identify as Black or of African descent.
  • Please read all the eligibility criteria and formatting notes outlined below prior to submitting your work.


Eligibility

  • These awards are open to individuals who have been residents of PEI for at least six (6) months preceding the submission deadline date of Friday, February 26, 2021.
  • Authors who have published a book are NOT ELIGIBLE to submit in the genres(s) in which they have been previously published. A book is defined as having at least forty-eight (48) printed pages with the exception of children's books, which must contain at least twenty-four (24) printed pages. This includes self-published works.
  • Since 2012, previous adult winners of five (5) ILA awards (including first, second and/or third place) are no longer eligible to enter the ILAs.
  • Adult winners who have won first prize in a specific category are not eligible to enter that category in the subsequent year.
  • The work must be previously original and unpublished (note: self-published and blogging counts as being published).
  • Any student in K-12 must submit to the Creative Writing Awards for Young People—you are not eligible to submit to the adult categories.
  • Anyone 18+ who is no longer in the K-12 system is eligible to submit to the adult categories.
  • Prize-winning work from any other competition is not eligible for entry (please notify us if your submission becomes published or wins a contest).


General Rules

  • Entries must be submitted using the online platform by 9 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021.  If you are not able to submit your entry using the online platform, please contact the ILA Coordinator at peiliteraryawards@gmail.com (minimum of 48 hours prior to the submission deadline).
  • A $25 entry fee is required for each adult entry.  Each participant submitting to the adult awards can submit one (1) entry per category.
  • Payment is part of the online submission process for the adult awards.
  • Please read all formatting notes below prior to submitting your work.


FORMATTING NOTES

EACH entry must include the following:

  1. The online submission form must be filled out entirely. No identifying information entered on the form will be shared with the jurors.
  2. A title page that lists only the title of the entry and, if desired, an author’s note. The appearance of the author’s name(s) or other identification on the entry shall DISQUALIFY THE ENTRY.
  3. Entries are to be typed, in 12-point font, with one-inch margins, and double-spaced (except for poetry).
  4. Pages MUST be numbered, with the title of the work on each page.
  5. No e-mail entries will be accepted.


NOTE:  All submissions are final. No changes or substitutions are allowed. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Entries will not be returned, and editorial comments will not be given on the entries.

Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People

Submission Guidelines for Student Awards 

Students (K-12)  may write on the topic on their choice and submit in one (1) of four (4) sub-categories:

  • Early Elementary (Grades 1-3)
  • Late Elementary (Grades 4-6)
  • Junior High (Grades 7-9)
  • Senior High (Grades 10-12)
  • There is no entry fee. A maximum of five pages of poetry or a ten-page short story will constitute an entry. Longer submissions will NOT be accepted.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded in each sub-category of first, second, and third place. Students can submit one (1) entry in one (1) category.  Multiple submissions are not permitted.
  • Please read all the eligibility criteria and formatting notes outlined below prior to submitting your work.


School Participation Award  

The school with the highest number of student submissions will be recognized with a certificate at the awards ceremony and will receive a special gift.

For more information, contact the ILA coordinator, at peiliteraryawards@gmail.com


Eligibility

  • These awards are open to individuals who have been residents of PEI for at least six (6) months preceding the submission deadline date of Friday, February 26, 2021.
  • Since 2012, previous adult winners of five (5) ILA awards (including first, second and/or third place) are no longer eligible to enter the ILAs.
  • The work must be previously original and unpublished (note: self-published and blogging counts as being published).
  • Any student in K-12 must submit to the Creative Writing Awards for Young People—you are not eligible to submit to the adult categories.
  • Anyone 18+ who is no longer in the K-12 system is eligible to submit to the adult categories.
  • Prize-winning work from any other competition is not eligible for entry (please notify us if your submission becomes published or wins a contest).


General Rules

  • Entries must be submitted using the online platform by 9 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021.  If you are not able to submit your entry using the online platform, please contact the ILA Coordinator at peiliteraryawards@gmail.com (minimum of 48 hours prior to the submission deadline).
  • No fee is required to enter the Creative Writing Awards for Young People. Each participant submitting to the youth awards can submit one (1) entry.
  • Please read all formatting notes below prior to submitting your work.


FORMATTING NOTES

EACH entry must include the following:

  1. The online submission form must be filled out entirely. No identifying information entered on the form will be shared with the jurors.
  2. A title page that lists only the title of the entry and, if desired, an author’s note. The appearance of the author’s name(s) or other identification on the entry shall DISQUALIFY THE ENTRY.
  3. Entries are to be typed, in 12-point font, with one-inch margins, and double-spaced (except for poetry).
  4. Creative Writing Awards for Young People (entries for Grades 1-6) may be written or printed by hand (double-spaced) and scanned.
  5. Pages MUST be numbered, with the title of the work on each page.
  6. No e-mail entries will be accepted.


NOTE:  All submissions are final. No changes or substitutions are allowed. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Entries will not be returned, and editorial comments will not be given on the entries.

 BATTLE TALES VI...THE PROMPTS ARE HERE!

This is it! The moment you have been waiting for. The runners have taken their marks…the starter’s pistol is raised high and straight…AND we are off!

Your THREE prompts for Battle Tales VI: Battle Harder ARE:

  1. An internet rabbit hole
  2. The panic of a pandemic style toilet paper shortage
  3. A connection lost then found

It’s been a long year folks. We’ve all suffered from Zoom fatigue, bared the brunt of homeschooling toddlers, worked from home, sleepwalked, sleeptalked, seriously worried for each other’s safety ---- and had a few laughs over the comments in Dr. M’s weekly tuesday briefings. Admittedly, there were low points, but there were also things unexpected.

Show us the glory of your lowest moments! Or if you’ve just come off of a week of binge-watching The Crown, compose your best short fiction and tell me what your private secretary was doing with my private secretary in the candlestick in the library.

And now it’s up to you.  Your story must incorporate all THREE prompts but after that, it’s all you.  Use them as a jumping off point, use them as a conclusion, use them in passing or use them as your primary proposition.  Use them creatively or use them passively, but be sure to use them in a way that blow our judge’s mind.

We exit the arena and leave it to you, THE WORTHY, to battle harder than ever.  But it must be a fair fight, so the rules!  Remember - no names on your entries (Judging is blind!) You MUST be a resident of Prince Edward Island to enter, and we’re looking for stories under 2,500 words. Anything received by 11:59 pm on Saturday, January 24th, 2021 will be accepted.   GOOD LUCK, MIGHTY BATTLERS!!!

PEI Writers' Guild