Room's Annual CNF, and Poetry & Fiction Contests

Starting in 2015, Room will have two annual contests.

Our Creative Non-Fiction Contest will open from October 15, 2014 to March 8, 2015 (International Women's Day).

And our Poetry and Fiction Contest will run from April 15, 2015 to July 15, 2015.

Room's Creative Non-fiction Writing Contest is now open


CNF Writing Contest Prizes:

First prize: $500 + publication in Room

Second prize: $250 + publication in Room

Honourable mention: publication on Room's website

CNF Contest Judge

Ayelet Tsabari is the author of the short story collection The Best Place on Earth (HarperCollins), which was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her nonfiction has won a National Magazine Award and a Western Magazine Award and she is a two‐time winner of Event’s Creative Non‐Fiction Contest. In 2011, she was nominated for a Creative Non‐Fiction Collective Readers' Choice Award. A graduate of the MFA program at Guelph University, Ayelet has taught creative writing through the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph. She was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC.

General Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to our CNF contest (Deadline: March 8, 2015 - NOW OPEN) and our Fiction and Poetry contests (Deadline: July 15, 2015).

  • Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication or previously to Room, and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.

  • Each entry costs $35 CAD to enter, and $7 CAD for each additional entry. For international entrants: $49 USD, and $7 USD. All first submissions include a one-year subscription to Room. Additional entries do not include an additional free subscription. (Current subscribers will be given an additional year of subscription)

  • Judging will be blind. Please ensure that your name and any personal details are not included in your submission document; this includes the file name. (You will have a chance to include your contact information in the Submittable form).

  • Contest submissions will be shortlisted by the editorial board before they are read by our panel of judges.

  • You can only upload one document on Submittable. Cover letters are not necessary, but if you want to send us one, write your cover letter in the Submittable form.

  • We only use Submittable, a secure online submissions management tool, to manage our submissions. We do not accept submissions via mail.

  • Room publishes original work by women, which includes trans*persons, gender-variant and two-spirited women, and women of non-binary sexual orientation.

  • Previously commissioned Room writers or Room Contest judges are disqualified from entering the contest.

Genre-specific Rules

  • For fiction and creative non-fiction, one submission includes one short story or essay of up to 3,500 words.

  • We would prefer if you double spaced your prose.

  • One poetry submission includes up to three poems or 150 lines of poetry.

  • When submitting multiple poems, please begin your second and third poems on a new page, in the same document.

  • Submitting your work in PDF ensures that the format and alignment of your work would not change.


Past Winners

2014 Contest Winners

2013 Contest Winners

2012 Contest Winners

2011 Contest Winners

2010 Contest Winners

2009 Contest Winners

2008 Contest Winners

2007 Contest Winners

2006 Contest Winners

2005 Contest Winners

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