Read at the Fringe Literary Contest

Presented in partnership with Publication Studio Guelph

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is committed to providing a venue for unpublished or modestly published writers to showcase their work. The Read at the Fringe Literary Contest is a special opportunity for aspiring writers to share their work with our audience in Eden Mills. Throughout the history of The Fringe, several contest winners have returned to the EMWF as published authors.

Deadline: June 30, 2022

This contest is now closed.


Fiction: 2000 words maximum
Creative Nonfiction: 2000 words maximum
Poetry: Five pages maximum


One winner will be selected in each category and invited to read at the EMWF on Sunday, September 11, 2022. The prize also includes $150, and inclusion in a chapbook produced by Publication Studio Guelph.

Winners will be notified in August.

Entry Fee

$20 per entry. If cost is a barrier to entry, please email [email protected]

Rules & Requirements

  • The contest is open to aspiring writers unpublished in book format. Self-published authors, or writers who have published in chapbooks are permitted to enter.
  • As winners will be invited to read at the festival on Sunday September 11, this contest is open to residents of Ontario only. Winners who attend the festival are responsible for their own travel costs.
  • Entries must be submitted as PDF or word documents.
  • Entries that exceed the word count will be disqualified.
  • Fiction and Creative Nonfiction entries must use a standard 12-point font, double-spaced. Poetry entries can be single-spaced.
  • Do not include your name or any identifying information in your submission. The name of your document should follow the following format: Fringe22_TitleofSubmission

Questions can be sent to [email protected]


Fiction: Silmy Abdullah and Emily Austin

Creative Nonfiction: Susan Olding and Sylvia Olsen

Poetry: MLA Chernoff and Bardia Sinaee

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