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BDO Writing Contest: Short Story Division

April 1 - September 1


Hosted by the York Writers Conference

Original, un-published stories please.

*Entry Fee: $20.00 

*Prizes: 1st Place $200; 2nd Place $100; 3rd Place $50

All winners plus honorable mentions will receive an opportunity for publication in a themed anthology (see details below) hosted by the WCYR.

Registration Deadline: September 1, 2021

Winners Announced: At the Opening Ceremonies for the York Writers Conference, October 22, 2021

*Note: All contest fees and cash prizes are in Canadian funds.

Emerging Writers Division

For writers who are new to getting their work out there. You may have won a contest before (maybe not) or are looking to get some practice writing with a goal in mind. Perhaps you’re still uncertain about your craft and don’t want to be lumped in with writers who’ve been doing this a while. This opportunity is for you.

Established Writers Division

For writers who’ve been dedicated to their craft for some time. You’ve cultivated your voice, you’re confident in your expertise, or you’ve been published (several short stories, anthologies maybe, traditional or indie works). This is where you can put your knowledge to the test against your peers.

Looking for the Glimpses Flash Fiction & Poetry divisions? Register HERE.


Please register below. After registration, send your manuscript to conference@wcyork.ca. Follow SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES for manuscript entries.

This is an OPEN contest. Anyone from around the world may enter so long as they adhere to the guidelines, which can be found HERE. Note: There is a capped limited of 100 total entries for the Emerging Writers and Established Writers divisions combined. This is to ensure that we do not over-tax our volunteers and judges. 

Not-For-Profit Anthology

The York Writers Conference is organized by the not-for-profit organization The Writers’ Community of York Region. These writing contests are open to the general public. All entries will be made in English. Winners and Honorary mentions will receive an opportunity for publication in the themed anthology.

All proceeds derived from the sale of this book (physical or digital) will go toward helping the WCYR remain a vital and active organization post-COVID. It is our hope to regain solid footing after this trying year and to journey forward stronger than ever. However, we are among the local businesses and organizations who have suffered during this time, and we feel that the proceeds from this anthology would greatly help us continue to thrive. All aspects of the publication process are being donated (time/expertise) by members of the WCYR. More information about the anthology will be sent to contest registrants as it becomes available.


April 1
September 1
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Short Story Contest (emerging writer)
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