Room's Contests

Contest Calendar

Cover Art | Open September 1 - November 30
Short Forms | Open October 15 - January 15
Creative Non-Fiction | Open December 1 - March 8
Fiction & Poetry | Open April 15 - July 15

General Guidelines
Past Winners

Cover Art Contest

Our 2016 Cover Art Contest is now open! Submit your visual art to us before November 30, 2016, and it could be on a cover of Room in 2017.

2016 Judges: Jillian Tamaki, and Hangama Amiri

FIRST PRIZE: $500 + publication on the cover of issue 40.2 of Room
SECOND PRIZE: $50 + publication in issue 40.2 of Room
HONOURABLE MENTION: publication on Room's website

All winners will be published with an artist statement and profiled on Room magazine’s blog. Winners will have the option to submit additional artwork for the issue, which, if selected for publication, will be compensated for at our usual rates.

Hangama Amiri graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA (Major in Fine Arts) in Canada in 2012 and she was a Canadian Fulbright researcher at Yale University in 2015. She is the winner of the 2013 Portia White Protege Award and a Honourable Mention as part of the 2015 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. You can read our interview with Amiri here.



Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Toronto, Ontario. She is the co-creator (with Mariko Tamaki) of SKIM and This One Summer, and the creator of SuperMutant Magic Photo credit: Reynard Li



Short Forms Contest

Our first annual Short Forms Contest opens in October 2016, with an entry deadline of January 15, 2017.

Each entry consists of one or two prose poems, flash fictions, or flash creative non-fictions of up to 500 words. Authors are not required to clarify which genre(s) they are writing in, as long as both works are 500 words or less. All submissions, regardless of genre, will be judged in a single category, and two prizes of $500 will be awarded. Winners will be published in our December 2017 issue.

Judge: Jen Sookfong Lee
FIRST PRIZE: $500 + publication (2 prizes)
HONOURABLE MENTION: $50 publication on Room's website

Creative Non-Fiction Contest

Our 2016 Creative Non-Fiction Contest is now closed. The winners have been announced, and will be published in our December 2016 issue. Our 2017 CNF contest will open on December 1, 2016 and end on March 8, 2017. Judge: Carmen Aguirre.

FIRST PRIZE: $500 + publication in Room
SECOND PRIZE: $250 + publication in Room
HONOURABLE MENTION: $50 publication on Room's website

Fiction & Poetry Contests

Our 2016 Fiction and Poetry Contest closed on July 31. Thank you to everyone who entered. The shortlists and winners have been announced. Winners will be published in Room 40.2 (June 2017). 

Our 2016 judges were Marilyn Dumont (poetry) and Doretta Lau (fiction). Our 2017 contest will open on April 15, 2017. Judges TBA.

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000 + publication in Room
SECOND PRIZE: $250 + publication in Room
HONOURABLE MENTION: $50 publication on Room's website

General Guidelines

  • Room's contests are open to women, including trans*, two-spirited, and genderqueer people.
  • 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.
  • Each entry cost $35 CAD to enter, and $7 CAD for each additional entry. For international entrants: $42 USD, and $7 USD. All submissions include a one-year subscription to Room. Additional entries do not include an additional free subscription. (Current subscribers will be given an extension on their subscription.)
  • We only use Submittable, a secure online submissions management tool, to manage our submissions. For more information about using Submittable, please check our Submissions page.
  • Judging will be blind. Please ensure that your name or 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 on the Submittable form).
  • Cover letters are not necessary, but if you want to send us one, include your cover letter on the Submittable form.
  • Previously commissioned Room writers (writers who have been featured on the cover of an issue) and contest judges are barred from participating in subsequent contests at Room.

Writing Contest 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.
  • For the Short Forms Contest, submissions may be up to 500 words. Each entry may include up to two submissions, including additional $7 entries.

Cover Art Contest Rules

  • One cover art contest entry includes up to three images and corresponding artist statement(s). Please copy-and-paste the artist statement(s) in the section marked "Artist Statement" on the entry form in Submittable.
  • Artist statements should be between 100-200 words.
  • Judging will be blind. Please ensure that your name and bio are not included in your submission document or on your artist statement. You will have a chance to send us your bio once your work has been selected for publication.
  • Please upload your artwork in JPG or PDF form. Maximum file size 1 MB. Winners will be contacted for high resolution work.
  • There are no official guidelines for artwork dimensions, but please note that we will have to crop any artwork so that it fits the cover space (approximately 6 inches x 7 inches with a bleed). You can check out past covers of Room here.
  • Each entry must be original, and must not have appeared on the cover of another publication (works that have been published on your own website or on the interior pages of a book or magazine, and or have been featured in a public exhibition are eligible), and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.

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