Are you a talented writer looking for an outlet to share your story or poem? In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Authors Association, the National Capital Branch invites all writers to take part in the 34th Annual National Capital Writing Contest. Finalists will be published in the 2021 anthology and will be part of the (virtual or live) centenary celebrations.
The Canadian Authors Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit national arts service organization with a local presence dedicated to promoting a flourishing community of writers across Canada. The association offers professional development opportunities for writers of all levels in all genres, with the aims of helping writers develop skill in both the craft and business of writing, and provide access to a Canada-wide network of writers and publishing industry professionals. Over the century, some 25,000 writers have been members including Robert W. Service, Bliss Carman and E.J. Pratt.
Founded in 1921 by Stephen Leacock, Pelham Edgar, B.K. Sandwell and other prominent writers of the day, the CAA organized to lobby for the protection of authors’ rights, an objective it pursues to this day. Among its many achievements, the CAA was instrumental in establishing 1924 copyright legislation, helped to create the Canadian Writer’s Foundation, founded the Governor General’s Literary Awards, created the first standard book contract to protect authors’ rights, and successfully lobbied to have Canada join the Universal Copyright Convention.
The deadline for entry of your short story or poem is Monday, November 30, 2020. The entry fees are $5.00 for a poem and $15.00 for a single story. You may enter more than one poem or story.
The awards night will be held on Friday, March 21, 2021 with the prizes being $300 for first prize, $200 for second and $100 for third. There will be three honourable mentions for each category.