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Chicken Soup call-out for Oh Canada!


Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada It’s Winter!
101 Stories About Bad Weather, Good Times, and Great Sports

We’re making a book just for Canadians about everything winter. Tales of Canadian winters are notorious! Whether you live in Canada or you are an expat living elsewhere, we want your stories and poems about those long winter months and how you made the most of them — from the east coast to the west coast; from city living to rural living.

We want true stories that will show our readers how you embraced and made the most of challenging or amusing winter situations. Tell us success stories about coping with the weather or disaster stories about how things went wrong. And keep that Canadian spelling in your computer, eh?

Here are some examples of what we are looking for, but we know you can think of many more topics:

The support of family during the long dark months
Friendships created out of the cold days and nights
Driving in the winter
Dressing for the weather
Hockey, ice fishing, skiing, tobogganing, sledding, skating, camping, snow shoeing, curling… all winter sports
Best winter foods and events
Shoveling the driveway; de-icing the car
Christmas and holiday traditions
Remember, we do not like “as told to” stories. Please write in the first person about yourself or someone close to you. If you ghostwrite a story for someone else we will list his or her name as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it.

If your story or poem is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for U.S. $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE (www.chicken soup.com) Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.

The deadline for story and poem submissions is June 15, 2013.

Annual Writers-Editors International Writing Competition


nonfiction, fiction (short story and novel chapter), children’s literature, poetry; cash prizes; entry fees range from $3 to $20; deadline 3/15/2013; details HERE:


Essay contest for high school students


The Gulen Institute Youth Platform international essay contest; 1,500-2,000 words; deadline Jan. 18, 2013; prizes are $200, $500, $750 and $1,000; details HERE:


A Room of Her Own writing contest


Orlando Prizes; open to women writers; deadline Jan. 31, 2013; $15 entry; $1,000 prize; open to poetry, short stories, short short stories and essays; details HERE:



The Winter Anthology writing contest


deadline Jan. 15, 2013; prize of $1,000; $10 entry fee; group of poems, single story or essay, full-length novel, novella or collection of essays or short stories; details HERE:



FREE 33rd Annual high school writing contest


FREE to enter; categories for essay, fiction & poetry; Dec. 14, 2012 deadline; cash prizes; details HERE:

1 entry per category; Personal essay labeled ESSAY may be no more than 5 double-spaced pages.  Fiction short story labeled FICTION -no more than 5 double-spaced pages.  Stories and essays must be double-spaced.  Poetry must be no more than 50 lines. Entries must be typed.  Students must type on the entry: Your name and address, grade, teacher’s name, school name and address. Students must include a letter from a teacher stating that the work is original. Mail to: Dr. Roberta Clipper, English Department, Rider University, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. Winners will be announced in May 2013.

**note from Wendy: I have NO additional info on this. For questions, contact Rider University’s English Dept.

Northwind Story Contest


deadline 10/15/2012; $1,000 prize; $10 entry; fiction and narrative nonfiction 1,500-1,800 words; details HERE: