Room's Contests

Contest Calendar

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

General Guidelines
Past Winners


Fiction & Poetry Contests

Our 2016 Fiction and Poetry Contest is now open! Contest winners will be published in Room 40.2. The judges are Marilyn Dumont (poetry) and Doretta Lau (fiction).

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

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Judge: Marilyn Dumont

Marilyn Dumont's A Really Good Brown Girl won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. This collection is now a Brick Books Classic and in French translation from Les editions Hannenorak Press. Her second collection, green girl dreams Mountains, won the 2001 Stephan G. Stephansson Award from the Writer’s Guild of Alberta. Her third collection, that tongued belonging, won the 2007 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Poetry and Aboriginal Book of the Year. The Pemmican Eaters was published by ECW Press, 2015. Marilyn has been the Writer-in-Residence at the Edmonton Public Library, the Universities of Alberta, Brandon, Grant MacEwan, Toronto-Massey College, and Windsor.  She has been faculty at the Banff Centre - Writing with Style and Wired Writing and advised and mentored in the Aboriginal Emerging Writers’ Program.

Read our interview with Dumont, or one of her poems here.

 

Judge: Doretta Lau

Doretta Lau's debut short story collection, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, was shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award and was named by The Atlantic as one of the best books of 2014. She is working on a novel and a screenplay.

Read our interview with Lau, or one of her short stories, "Best Practices For Time Travel" (from Room 38.3 Trespass), here.

 

 


Cover Art Contest

Our first annual Cover Art Contest closed on December 7th. The winners were announced. Our 2016 Cover Art Contest will open September 2016.

2016 Judges: Jillian Tamaki (author and illustrator of SuperMutant Magic Academy, and featured in issue 38.2 "How We Relate"), and Hangama Amiri (Fullbright grant winner, and her painting, "Island of Dreams" won the honourable mention at the RBC Canadian Painting Competition).

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.


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 in Fall 2016 and end on March 8, 2017. Judge TBA.

FIRST PRIZE: $500 + 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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