Read at The Fringe Literary Contest

DEADLINE: June 15, 2021

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The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is committed to providing a venue for unpublished or modestly published writers to showcase their work.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

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:
If cost is a barrier to entry, please email [email protected]

Our 2021 Judges:
Judges will be announced over the coming months.

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  • The contest is open to aspiring writers unpublished in book format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]

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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.