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Island Literary Awards Submission Guidelines

NEW THIS YEAR

For the 2023 Island Literary Awards, the PEI Writers' Guild has made our identity-based award categories barrier-free in order to create equitable opportunities for individuals of marginalized backgrounds.

These categories include the:

  • Marie Coyoteblanc Award for Indigenous Writing
  • Scott Parsons Literary Award
  • Francophone Award
  • 2SLGBTQ+ Award
  • Newcomers to Canada Award

If you identify as Indigenous, Black, Francophone, 2SLGBTQ+, or under the criteria described under the Newcomer to Canada Award, you can apply for those awards at no additional cost to you.

Please note that you can submit to multiple categories (for example, if you are Black and identify as 2SLGBTQ+, you can submit to the Scott Parsons Award as well as the 2SLGBTQ+ Award). Applying for any additional award category does not disqualify you from winning multiple awards.

If you wish to submit to one (or more) of these categories, please visit https://peiwritersguild.submittable.com/submit and submit to the ADDITIONAL AWARDS - Island Literary Awards Submission Form 2023.


Adult (18+) Award Categories

  • Unless otherwise indicated, the entry fee for each submission is $25; cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize categories. The ILAs are open to Prince Edward 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  • All submissions must be original and unpublished prior to the awards ceremony (note: self-published and blogging COUNTS as being published).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 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.


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 March 31st, 2023, at 9:00pm.
  • 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 March 31st, 2023, at 9:00pm.
  • 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. No additional fee is required to submit to the Additional Awards categories.
  • 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 (with exception to the Additional Awards categories).
  • 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. Unfortunately no changes or substitutions are allowed.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • Entries will not be returned, and editorial comments will not be given on the entries.

(INFORMATIONS EN FRANÇAIS CI-DESSOUS)


NEW THIS YEAR

For the 2023 Island Literary Awards, the PEI Writers' Guild has made our identity-based award categories barrier-free in order to create equitable opportunities for individuals of marginalized backgrounds.

These categories include the:

  • Marie Coyoteblanc Award for Indigenous Writing
  • Scott Parsons Literary Award
  • Francophone Award
  • 2SLGBTQ+ Award
  • Newcomers to Canada Award

If you identify as Indigenous, Black, Francophone, 2SLGBTQ+, or under the criteria described under the Newcomer to Canada Award, you can apply for those awards at no additional cost to you.

Please note that you can submit to multiple categories (for example, if you are Black and identify as 2SLGBTQ+, you can submit to the Scott Parsons Award as well as the 2SLGBTQ+ Award). Applying for any additional award category does not disqualify you from winning multiple awards.

If you wish to submit to one (or more) of the main categories listed above, please visit https://peiwritersguild.submittable.com/submit and submit to the Island Literary Awards Submission Form 2023.


ADDITIONAL AWARDS - Island Literary Awards Submission Guidelines

Adult (18+) Award Categories

  • Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize categories. The ILAs are open to Prince Edward 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 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 to Canada.
  • 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. Maximum length: 2,500 words.
  • Please read all the eligibility criteria and formatting notes outlined below prior to submitting your work.



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).  Maximum length: 2,500 words.
  • 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.  Maximum length: 2,500 words.
  • 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.


The Francophone Award

  • The Francophone Award is presented in recognition and celebration of the outstanding literary merit of a Francophone Island writer.
  • 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.  Maximum length: 2,500 words.
  • This prize is open to PEI residents who identify as Francophone.
  • The work must be submitted in French.
  • Please read all the eligibility criteria and formatting notes outlined below prior to submitting your work.



The 2SLGBTQ+ Award

  • The 2SLGBTQ+ Award is presented in recognition and celebration of the outstanding literary merit of a 2SLGBTQ+ Island writer.
  • 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.  Maximum length: 2,500 words.
  • This prize is open to PEI residents who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.
  • 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 March 31st, 2023, at 9:00pm.
  • 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 March 31st, 2023, at 9:00pm.
  • 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).
  • 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. Unfortunately no changes or substitutions are allowed.

Entries will not be returned, and editorial comments will not be given on the entries.



INFORMATIONS EN FRANÇAIS


NOUVEAUTÉS DE L'ANNÉE

Nous avons apporté quelques changements à nos catégories de prix cette année! Les catégories principales suivantes restent les mêmes :

  • Créations non romanesques (Creative Non-Fiction Awards)
  • Œuvres littéraires pour enfants (Literature for Children Awards)
  • Œuvres de poésie (Poetry Awards)
  • Nouvelles (Short Story Awards)

La PEI Writers' Guild a toutefois facilité l'accès aux catégories fondées sur l'identité. Ainsi, les personnes qui s'identifient comme étant autochtones, noires, francophones ou membres de la communauté 2SLGBTQ+ peuvent soumettre leur candidature aux prix correspondants sans avoir à payer de frais supplémentaires.

Veuillez également noter qu'il est possible de soumettre sa candidature à plus d'une catégorie. Par exemple, si vous êtes une personne noire qui est aussi membre de la communauté 2SLGBTQ+, vous pouvez présenter une demande pour le prix littéraire Scott Parsons ainsi que pour le prix 2SLGBTQ+. Le fait de soumettre votre candidature à une catégorie de prix supplémentaire ne vous empêchera pas de pouvoir gagner plus d'un prix.

Si vous souhaitez présenter votre candidature à une ou plusieurs des catégories principales énumérées plus haut, visitez https://peiwritersguild.submittable.com/submit et remplissez le formulaire de soumission de 2023.


PRIX ADDITIONNELS - Prix littéraires insulaires : Lignes directrices de soumission

Catégories pour Adultes (18+)

  • Un prix en argent sera attribué au gagnant. Les Prix littéraires insulaires (PLI) s’adresse uniquement aux résidents de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard (résident d’au moins six (6) mois avant la date de soumission).
  • Toutes les soumissions doivent être originales et non publiées avant la cérémonie de remise des prix (remarque : les œuvres publiées à compte d’auteur et les blogs comptent comme étant publiés).
  • Cette catégorie est ouverte aux personnes âgées de 18 ans et qui ne sont pas élèves du système scolaire primaire ou secondaire (maternelle à la 12e année).
  • Veuillez consulter tous les critères d'admissibilité et les consignes de présentation décrites ci-dessous avant de soumettre votre travail.



Le Prix francophone

  • Le Prix francophone est présenté en reconnaissance et en célébration du mérite littéraire exceptionnel d'une écrivaine ou d’un écrivain francophone insulaire.
  • Ce prix est conçu pour reconnaître le mérite littéraire et promouvoir des œuvres dans toutes les catégories, y compris la fiction, la non-fiction, la poésie, l'écriture pour enfants et jeunes adultes, les pièces de théâtre et la scénarisation. Longueur maximale : 2 500 mots.
  • Ce prix s’adresse aux résidents de l'Î.-P.-É. qui s'identifient comme francophones.
  • Le travail doit être soumis en français.
  • Veuillez consulter tous les critères d'admissibilité et les consignes de présentation décrites ci-dessous avant de soumettre votre travail.



Admissibilité

  • Cette catégorie est ouverte aux personnes qui résident à l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard depuis au moins six (6) mois avant la date limite de soumission du vendredi 31 mars 2023.
  • Les auteur(e)s qui ont publié un livre NE SONT PAS ADMISSIBLES dans les catégories du ou des genres dans lesquels ils ont déjà été publiés. Un livre est défini comme ayant au moins quarante-huit (48) pages imprimées à l'exception des livres pour enfants, qui doivent contenir au moins vingt-quatre (24) pages imprimées. Cela inclut les œuvres publiées à compte d’auteur.
  • Les anciens gagnants adultes de cinq (5) PLI (dont la première, la deuxième et/ou la troisième place) depuis 2012 ne sont pas admissibles à participer aux PLI.
  • Les gagnants adultes qui ont remporté le premier prix dans une catégorie spécifique ne sont pas admissibles pour cette catégorie l'année suivante.
  • Le travail doit être original et non publié (remarque : les œuvres publiées à compte d’auteur et les blogs comptent comme étant publiés).
  • Tout élève de la maternelle à la 12e année doit soumettre sa candidature aux Prix de création littéraire pour les jeunes (Creative Writing Awards for Young People). Vous n'êtes pas admissibles aux catégories pour adultes.
  • Toute personne âgée de 18 ans et plus qui n’est pas élève du système scolaire primaire ou secondaire (maternelle à la 12e année) est admissible aux catégories pour adultes.
  • Les œuvres primées de tout autre concours ne sont pas admissibles (veuillez nous informer si votre soumission est publiée ou gagne un concours).



Règles générales

  • Les inscriptions doivent être soumises à l'aide de la plateforme en ligne avant 21 h le vendredi 31 mars 2023.
  • Si vous n'êtes pas en mesure de soumettre votre candidature via la plateforme en ligne, veuillez contacter le coordinateur des PLI à peiliteraryawards@gmail.com (au moins 48 heures avant la date limite de soumission).
  • Veuillez lire toutes les consignes de présentation ci-dessous avant de soumettre votre travail.



CONSIGNES DE PRÉSENTATION
Chaque soumission doit inclure les éléments suivants :

  1. Le formulaire de soumission en ligne doit être complet. Tous les renseignements permettant d’identifier une personne seront retirés et ne seront pas partagés avec les jurés.
  2. Une page titre qui contient uniquement le titre de la soumission et, si vous le souhaitez, une note de l'auteur(e). L'apparition du nom de l'auteur(e) ou tout autre élément d’identification mènera à la DISQUALIFICATION de la soumission.
  3. Les soumissions doivent être dactylographiées, en caractères de 12 points, avec des marges d'un pouce et à double interligne (sauf pour la poésie).
  4. Les pages DOIVENT être numérotées, avec le titre de l’œuvre sur chaque page.
  5. Aucune soumission par courriel ne sera acceptée.



REMARQUE :

Toutes les soumissions sont finales. Aucun changement ou substitution n'est autorisée.

Les entrées ne seront pas retournées et aucun commentaire éditorial ne sera donné.

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 (5) pages of poetry or a ten (10) page short story will constitute as an entry. Longer submissions will NOT be accepted.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded in each sub-category of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Students can submit one (1) entry in one (1) category.  Multiple submissions are not permitted.
  • Please read all 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.


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 March 31st, 2023, at 9:00pm.
  • Authors who have published a book are NOT ELIGIBLE to submit in the genres(s) in which they have been previously published.
  • 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 March 31st, 2023, at 9:00pm.
  • 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 submit to the Creative Writing Awards for Young People.
  • 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. Unfortunately no changes or substitutions are allowed.
  • Entries will not be returned, and editorial comments will not be given on the entries.
PEI Writers' Guild