Writing Contest

gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers & Writers festival is looking for original, unpublished, short (3,000 words max) works of creative nonfiction or memoir for our 2017-2018 Writing Contest.

One grand prize winner will receive

  • Cash prize ($500)
  • Publication on our website
  • An invitation to read at a gritLIT 2018 event

Two honourable mentions will receive

  • Cash prizes ($100)
  • Publication on our website

The gritLIT Writing Contest is open to all residents of southern Ontario.

Contest Deadline: January 15, 2018

Entry Fee: $20 per submission

Please direct any questions to contest@gritlit.ca

Submission Rules:

Submissions must be original and unpublished. Maximum length of submissions is 3,000 words.

Submissions may be sent electronically or by mail. Electronic submissions must be formatted as Word file (.doc or .docx) and should be emailed to contest@gritlit.ca. All electronic submissions must be received by 11:59pm on the contest deadline. Mail submissions must be postmarked by the contest deadline and can be sent to this address:

gritLIT Writing Contest

280 James St N

Hamilton, ON  

L8R 2L3

All entries must be formatted with a standard, 12-point font and double-spaced. Printed entries must be printed on one side of the page only.

All entries should include a cover page with the following information: your name, address, telephone number, and email address, as well as the title of the work.

For submissions sent by mail, please make cheques or money orders payable to gritLIT. Electronic submissions will be sent a Paypal invoice for entry fee which must be paid before the submission can be accepted for the contest.

Good luck, and happy writing!