Read at The Fringe Literary Contest

DEADLINE: June 15, 2021

This contest is now closed.

Presented in partnership with PS Guelph

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is committed to providing a venue for unpublished or modestly published writers to showcase their work. Throughout the history of The Fringe, several contest winners have returned to the EMWF as published authors.

Contest Categories:

  • Fiction: 1500 words maximum, double-spaced
  • Nonfiction: 2000 words maximum, double-spaced
  • Poetry: Up to five poems, five pages maximum, single-spaced

Prizes:
One winner will be selected in each category and notified in August. Winners will receive $150, an invitation to read their work as part of our online event series (date TBD) and their work will be published as part of a chapbook produced by PS Guelph. Winners will also be profiled in our newsletter, on our website,  and on the festival's social media channels.

Entry Fee:
$20
If cost is a barrier to entry, please email [email protected]


Our 2021 Judges:

FICTION

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C.S. O’Cinneide (oh-ki-nay-da) is the author of Petra’s Ghost, a dark thriller set on the Camino de Santiago in Spain and a semi-finalist in the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards. She is also the creator of the Candace Starr Series, a tongue-in-cheek take on hardboiled crime fiction with a feminist twist. As a blogger on her website, She Kills Lit, she features women writers of thriller and noir.

O’Cinneide lives in Guelph with her Irish ex-pat husband, who remains her constant muse.


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Eddy Boudel Tan is the author of After Elias, a 2021 finalist for the ReLit Awards and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. His work depicts a world much like our own—the heroes are flawed, truth is distorted, and there is as much hope as there is heartbreak. As a queer Asian Canadian, Eddy celebrates diverse voices through his writing. His stories can be found in Joyland, Yolk, Gertrude Press, and the G&LR. His second novel, The Rebellious Tide, arrives in 2021. He lives with his husband in Vancouver, and you can follow him on Twitter (@eddyautomatic) or online (eddyboudeltan.com).

NONFICTION

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andrea bennett is a National Magazine Awardwinning writer and editor and the author of two travel guides, one book of poetry, and, most recently, the essay collection  Like a Boy but Not a Boy: Navigating Life, Mental Health, and Parenthood Outside the Gender Binary (Arsenal Pulp Press), a CBC Books’ pick for the top Canadian nonfiction of the year, and one of Autostraddle’s best queer books of 2020.

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Julia Zarankin is a writer and self-proclaimed birdsplainer with a particular fondness for sewage lagoons. Her memoir, Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder, was published in 2020. Her writing has appeared in The WalrusOrion MagazineThreepenny ReviewAntioch ReviewBirding MagazineMaisonneuveThe New QuarterlyOntario Nature and The Globe and Mail. Zarankin’s essays are also featured in several anthologies. She won the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival nonfiction prize and has been first runner-up for PRISM International’s nonfiction prize, a finalist for the TNQ Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest and twice longlisted for the CBC Nonfiction Prize. Julia also leads adventurous souls on tours around the world and teaches courses to lifelong learners about Russian and European culture and literature.

Her birding/life aspirations: “To sport the hairdo of a Cedar Waxwing, acquire the wardrobe of a Northern Flicker and develop the confidence of a Ross’s Goose.” She lives in Toronto, ON.


POETRY

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Jeremy Luke Hill is the publisher at Gordon Hill Press, a literary publisher based in Guelph, Ontario. He is also the Managing Director of Vocamus Writers Community, a non-profit community organization that supports book culture in Guelph. He has written a collection of poetry, short prose, and photography called Island Pieces; four chapbooks of poetry – Poetry of Thought, CanCon, Trumped, and These My Streets; two poetry broadsheets – Grounded and Indexical; and a series of poetry broadsheets – Conversations with Viral Media. He also writes a semi-regular column on chapbooks for The Town Crier. His writing has appeared in ARC Poetry, The Bull Calf, CNQ, CV2, EVENT Magazine, Filling Station, Free Fall, The Goose, HA&L, The Maynard, paperplates, The Puritan, Queen Mob’s Tea House, The Rusty Toque, The Town Crier, and The Windsor Review.

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Lily Wang is the author of Saturn Peach (Gordon Hill Press, 2020) and the founder of Half a Grapefruit Magazine. She is currently working on her thesis novel at the University of Toronto's MA in CRW program, under the mentorship of Anne Michaels.

FICTION

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C.S. O’Cinneide (oh-ki-nay-da) is the author of Petra’s Ghost, a dark thriller set on the Camino de Santiago in Spain and a semi-finalist in the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards. She is also the creator of the Candace Starr Series, a tongue-in-cheek take on hardboiled crime fiction with a feminist twist. As a blogger on her website, She Kills Lit, she features women writers of thriller and noir.

O’Cinneide lives in Guelph with her Irish ex-pat husband, who remains her constant muse.


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Eddy Boudel Tan is the author of After Elias, a 2021 finalist for the ReLit Awards and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. His work depicts a world much like our own—the heroes are flawed, truth is distorted, and there is as much hope as there is heartbreak. As a queer Asian Canadian, Eddy celebrates diverse voices through his writing. His stories can be found in Joyland, Yolk, Gertrude Press, and the G&LR. His second novel, The Rebellious Tide, arrives in 2021. He lives with his husband in Vancouver, and you can follow him on Twitter (@eddyautomatic) or online (eddyboudeltan.com).

NONFICTION

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andrea bennett is a National Magazine Awardwinning writer and editor and the author of two travel guides, one book of poetry, and, most recently, the essay collection  Like a Boy but Not a Boy: Navigating Life, Mental Health, and Parenthood Outside the Gender Binary (Arsenal Pulp Press), a CBC Books’ pick for the top Canadian nonfiction of the year, and one of Autostraddle’s best queer books of 2020.

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Julia Zarankin is a writer and self-proclaimed birdsplainer with a particular fondness for sewage lagoons. Her memoir, Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder, was published in 2020. Her writing has appeared in The WalrusOrion MagazineThreepenny ReviewAntioch ReviewBirding MagazineMaisonneuveThe New QuarterlyOntario Nature and The Globe and Mail. Zarankin’s essays are also featured in several anthologies. She won the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival nonfiction prize and has been first runner-up for PRISM International’s nonfiction prize, a finalist for the TNQ Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest and twice longlisted for the CBC Nonfiction Prize. Julia also leads adventurous souls on tours around the world and teaches courses to lifelong learners about Russian and European culture and literature.

Her birding/life aspirations: “To sport the hairdo of a Cedar Waxwing, acquire the wardrobe of a Northern Flicker and develop the confidence of a Ross’s Goose.” She lives in Toronto, ON.


POETRY

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Jeremy Luke Hill is the publisher at Gordon Hill Press, a literary publisher based in Guelph, Ontario. He is also the Managing Director of Vocamus Writers Community, a non-profit community organization that supports book culture in Guelph. He has written a collection of poetry, short prose, and photography called Island Pieces; four chapbooks of poetry – Poetry of Thought, CanCon, Trumped, and These My Streets; two poetry broadsheets – Grounded and Indexical; and a series of poetry broadsheets – Conversations with Viral Media. He also writes a semi-regular column on chapbooks for The Town Crier. His writing has appeared in ARC Poetry, The Bull Calf, CNQ, CV2, EVENT Magazine, Filling Station, Free Fall, The Goose, HA&L, The Maynard, paperplates, The Puritan, Queen Mob’s Tea House, The Rusty Toque, The Town Crier, and The Windsor Review.

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Lily Wang is the author of Saturn Peach (Gordon Hill Press, 2020) and the founder of Half a Grapefruit Magazine. She is currently working on her thesis novel at the University of Toronto's MA in CRW program, under the mentorship of Anne Michaels.

Rules & Requirements:

  • The contest is open to aspiring writers unpublished in book format
  • The contest is open to residents of Canada only
  • A maximum of one entry per category is permitted.
  • Submissions must be formatted in a standard 12-point font, double spaced, with the exception of poetry, which should be single-spaced.
  • Do not include your name or any identifying information in your submission. The title of your submission should follow the following format: Fringe2021_TITLEOFSUBMISSION

Questions? Contact [email protected]



PS Guelph was initiated in 2013 by Musagetes, a charitable foundation for the arts based in Guelph, in collaboration with a few book-loving arts community members. The first studio space was shared with Silence, an experimental music series. PS Guelph is now housed in an alcove at Boarding House Arts, a shared-use building on the edge of downtown where Musagates, the Jazz fest, a few gallery spaces, artist studios, and other businesses are co-tenants. PS Guelph's roster of books includes both Guelph-centric and internationally-focused works, including books of poetry, art books, graphic works, collections of essays, an abécédaire on improvisation, a musical workbook, an early Gothic novel, and books that explore queer culture in different communities.