The Fiddlehead’s 2022 Fiction Contest is now open for submissions!
One prize of $2000 CAD for best short story!
Good luck to all entrants. This year's contest deadline is Thursday, September 1, 2022 (postmarked for mailed entries and 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time for Submittable entries). Our judge this year is Chris Benjamin!
Chris Benjamin is a journalist, editor and fiction writer. His fourth book, a collection of short fiction called Boy With A Problem, was shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction. His Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School was named a Nova Scotia Book of Influence by the province’s librarians and publishers; Eco-Innovators won the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award and was a finalist for the Richardson Non-Fiction Prize; and his novel Drive-by Saviours made the Canada Reads Top Essential Books List.
Contest General Rules and Information:
• Entries must be original and unpublished. No simultaneous submissions and no previously published (or accepted for publication) submissions. This means that an entry must not be under consideration elsewhere for publication, nor accepted elsewhere for publication, nor entered in any other contest. Work that has appeared on the internet (e.g., online magazines, blogs, or social media sites) is considered published for the purposes of this contest and is ineligible.
• An entry must be the original work of the person who is submitting it and the name and contact information provided must be the author’s. Contest entries should be submitted under the author’s real name. If you use a pseudonym for your published works, you will have a chance to inform the editor of this should your work be selected by the judges.
• All entries must be submitted by mail or via Submittable. This year's contest deadline is Thursday, September 1, 2022 (postmarked for mailed entries and before 11:59 pm Pacific Time for Submittable entries). No faxed or emailed submissions are allowed.
• The Fiddlehead will not read work that is ableist, misogynistic, queer-phobic or racist.
• No revisions or changes may be made to an entry once you have submitted it. So please carefully check your entry before you enter it into the contest.
• Judging for the contest is anonymous. Do not put your name or contact information or other identifying information (e.g., publishing pseudonyms) anywhere in your actual entry. For mailed entries place your name and contact information on an accompanying cover page along with information about the submission requested below. For Submittable entries, there will be a place on the Submittable form for your name and contact information.
• One Fiction entry is one short story (6,000 words maximum). Fiction entries should be double spaced and paginated. For mailed entries the word count should be noted on the cover page that accompanies your entry. For Submittable entries the word count should be noted on the Submittable form.
• The entry fee for your first entry depends on where you are living. If your address is in Canada, then the fee for first entry is $35 CAD. Additional entries after that first contest entry are $10 CAD. If you do not live in Canada, then the fee accounts for the exchange rate and is $50 CAD (approximately $40 USD) for the first entry and $10 CAD for additional entries.
• You must submit a first entry (and pay the first entry fee) before submitting an additional entry. If you submit an additional entry without first submitting that first entry, your entry may be disqualified, and the entry fee will not be returned.
• You will receive a one-year subscription to The Fiddlehead with your first entry. New subscriptions will start with the next issue published after the contest closes. Already a subscriber? — you'll receive a one-year extension to your current subscription. Additional entries do not receive an additional subscription or subscription extension.
• The Fiddlehead occasionally swaps its subscription list with other literary organizations. If you don't wish to be included in such exchanges, please state this on your entry's cover page.
• The contest winner will be contacted directly (by either email or telephone) 2-3 months after the contest deadline. Other entrants will not be individually contacted about the results. Authors’ names and the titles of the works that make a shortlist of 10-15 will appear on The Fiddlehead website. The winner will be announced on the website and on The Fiddlehead social media spaces at a later date.
• The winning entry will be published in issue 294 (Winter 2023) of The Fiddlehead and on our website. There is a publication payment in addition to the contest prize. The current publication payment rate is $60/page.
• The winner will be interviewed. The interview will be published on The Fiddlehead website when the issue featuring the winning piece is published.
• An entry will be disqualified (no matter at what stage in the contest process it is at), if it is discovered that an entry has violated the contest rule on simultaneous submissions, prior publication, or original authorship. The entry fee will not be reimbursed; however, the entrant will still receive the one-year subscription if the entry was an initial entry.
• An entry may be disqualified (no matter at what stage in the contest process it is at), if it is discovered that the author entered that entry as an additional entry and never submitted and paid for a first entry. The entry fee will be not be reimbursed; and if a subscription was started in error, it will immediately be cancelled.
For Submittable entries:
• You can only upload ONE file when entering via Submittable, (doc or .docx preferred; pdf and rtf acceptable). Do not include a cover letter or bio as part of that file, and do not include identifying information in the file name.
• Remember only use the additional entry category IF you have already submitted and paid for a first contest entry.
For mailed entries:
Please send mailed submission to:
11 Garland Court
University of New Brunswick
If submitting by mail please include an email address.
Please make cheque payable to The Fiddlehead.