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Current Contests

***Our 2018 contests are now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered!***


Prairie Fire Press and McNally Robinson Booksellers present The 2018 Annual Writing Contests with $6,000 in prizes!


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, but also 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 and publication in Prairie Fire magazine.

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

We request that all entries be sent my snail mail.

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


***Note: If you’re sending an entry and worried the postal strike might delay it, just shoot us an email [email protected] and let us know it’s coming. We’e going to hold off on sending the entries to the judges as long as we can to make sure as many entries as possible make it here before we send them along.