~ WCSC’s 2nd Annual Short Fiction Contest ~ 

Final Judge: Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency



The Contest is now Closed. Thank you everyone for your submissions!

We had a fantastic turn out this year and will announce the short list at our May 28 meeting.

The shortlist will be posted here later the same day.

The winners will be announced at our June 18 meeting.


1st Prize: $500. 2nd Prize: $250. 3rd Prize: $100.

All winning entries will receive commentary by Carly Watters and publication on the WCSC website


Guidelines for Submission:

Original unpublished work

Only unpublished work is eligible for this competition and entrants must declare that their entry is their own, original unpublished/unperformed work. Previous publication is considered to include on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, play or theatrical performance, electronic magazine, personal blog, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Previous performance is considered to include published videos and performances at previous competitions.

Note:  Even if the print run or circulation of the print publication where the work has previously appeared is small, this is still considered previous publication. No work that has been excerpted elsewhere is eligible for submission; nor is a work that has been revised since its original publication.

*2015 Winners of WCSC’s Word by Word Short Prose Contest are ineligible. Winners must wait one year after they win to enter the next contest.*


Judging is anonymous. Entrant’s name and contact details must appear in the body of the email but not on the entry.

All entries will initially be judged by preliminary round judges who will select the semi-finalists. The winning entries will be chosen by Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency. No correspondence will be entered into regarding her decision.


Winners will be officially notified by email and phone and the winning entries will be published on the WCSC website.


The author retains the copyright to his or her work.


Maximum 1500 Words, excluding title. No minimum. Submissions exceeding the word count will be disqualified.


Entries must be in English, double-spaced 12 point font.

The title must appear in the header of each entry but, to ensure that judging of the entries is blind, the author’s name must not appear anywhere on the text. Ensure your pages are numbered.


The body of the email includes:

  1. Title
  2. Author’s name
  3. Mailing address
  4. Email address
  5. Telephone number
  6. Word count


  • I hereby certify that the short story submitted by me to the WCSC Writing Competition was written by me, and is my own original unpublished work. It has not been previously published or appeared in print or on the internet, whether commercially or self-published, nor has it been accepted for publication elsewhere.
    The short story submitted by me does not contain material that infringes the rights of anyone else, and there is no legal impediment to its publication.
    The name I have used to submit the short story or work of creative nonfiction submitted by me is my own name and not a pseudonym, and the contact details I have provided are my own contact details.
    Should the short story or work of creative nonfiction titled submitted by me be selected to receive a prize, the WCSC shall have an irrevocable license to publish the story online at: http://simcoewriters.ca



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