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Prairie Fire Press and McNally Robinson Booksellers present:


Prairie Fire is now accepting entries for the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Although our deadline is November 30 (postmarked), you may submit anytime.

By entering the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest you not only have a chance to win:

  • $1,250 in cash
  • A one-week residency in the Leighton Artists’s Studios, which includes a private studio in the woods, a bedroom and a meal plan
  • A jeweller-cast replica of poet Bliss Carman’s ring
  • An invitation to THIN AIR (produced by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival)
  • Dinner with the staff of Prairie Fire 
  • Publication in Prairie Fire magazine

With your contest submission you’ll receive a one-year subscription to Prairie Fire, so if would like to start reading Prairie Fire as soon as possible, you can send in your entry today!

Entries by email are not accepted. We are working on having this option available in future.

Prizes are awarded in each of the three categories and winning entries are published in Prairie Fire:

1st prize $1,250
2nd prize $500
3rd prize $250

Entry Fee: $32

Our Judges

Contest Rules