Our inaugural Poetry and Fiction Contests are now open! Enter to win the grand prize of $750 in each category, plus publication in Minola Review. Submissions will be accepted until December 1, 2019.

The contests are open to Canadian and international women and non-binary writers from anywhere in the world, with a final deadline of midnight (EST) on Dec. 1, 2019. All entries are judged anonymously. The grand prize winner in each category will receive a prize of $750 and publication in Minola Review. The runner-up will receive $100 and publication in Minola Review. All entries will also be considered for standard publication.

Note: Minola Review will only accept submissions from women and non-binary writers.


Meet our 2019 Poetry Judge, Doyali Islam

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Doyali Islam’s second poetry book is heft (McClelland & Stewart, 2019), which the poet considers to be a “ledger of tenderness, survival, and risk.” Doyali’s poems have been published in Kenyon Review Online, The Fiddlehead, and Best Canadian Poetry, and have won several national contests and prizes. In 2019, Doyali was interviewed by Shelagh Rogers for CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter and by Anne Michaels for CV2. In 2017, she was interviewed by Michael Enright for The Sunday Edition and was a National Magazine Award finalist. The poetry editor of Arc, she lives in Toronto. www.doyali-islam.com

Photo by Arden Wray

Click on the link below to enter Minola Review’s 2019 Poetry Contest

minolareview.submittable.com/submit/143761/poetry-initial-entry-contest-submission


Meet our 2019 Fiction Judge, Heather O’Neill

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Heather O'Neill is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Her work, which includes Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and The Lonely Hearts Hotel, has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Fiction, The Orange Prize for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize in two consecutive years, and has won CBC Canada Reads, The Paragraphe MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the Danuta Gleed Award. Born and Raised in Montreal, O'Neill lives there today.

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Click on the link below to enter Minola Review’s 2019 Fiction Contest

SUBMIT HERE


POETRY & FICTION CONTEST GUIDELINES

  • Each initial poetry entry consists of 1-3 poems, any length, any subject matter, any style. Please put all poems in a single document. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the document, or in the title the document is saved under.

  • Each initial fiction entry consists of ONE short story (up to 3500 words) or 1-3 flash pieces (up to 1000 words each). Please put all flash pieces in a single document. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the document, or in the title the document is saved under.

  • Entry fee required:

    • $20 CAD for each initial entry (whether poetry or fiction)

    • $5 CAD for EACH subsequent POEM.

    • $10 CAD for each subsequent short story (up to 3500 words) or subsequent set of flash pieces (up to 1000 words each)

    • Multiple entries are fine. For subsequent entries, please use the link emailed to you confirming receipt of your initial entry in either poetry or fiction, which will direct you to a new submittable page where you can pay the $5 entry fee for each additional poem, or $10 entry fee for each additional story (up to 3500 words) or set of flash pieces (up to 1000 words each).

    • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Entry fees will not be refunded.

  • Entries already published or accepted elsewhere are ineligible. Previous publication is considered to be any appearance in print or online, including on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog, Twitter, or Facebook.

  • Our shortlist will be published on this page and social media accounts. The winner and runner-up will be notified by email, and will be announced in March 2020.

  • Entries and payment will be accepted through Submittable.