2015 U of T Magazine Short Story and Poetry Contest

$750 prize for first-place winners
Entry deadline: June 1, 2015
Open to alumni and students of the University of Toronto.

NEW this year
Previously published authors are eligible to enter
Flash fiction category: short, short stories of up to 150 words (see below)

Read the complete rules below

  • U of T Magazine‘s Short Story and Poetry Contest is open to alumni and students of the University of Toronto. Anyone who has completed a minimum of four credits at U of T qualifies as an alum. Students are currently enrolled in a full- or part-time program at the university.
  • We will consider original, unpublished poems of up to 50 lines and original, unpublished short stories of up to 2,500 words and original, unpublished “flash fiction” stories of up to 150 words. Submissions must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere, or previously have won a prize in this contest. Each person may submit a maximum of one story, one poem and one piece of flash fiction.
  • About the Flash Fiction category: Entrants MUST use the following three words in their story: fall, blue, bright. These words can be used as parts of other words (such as “falling” or “brightly”).
  • Entries do not need to relate to U of T.

Winning Entries – 2013

 

Winning Entries – 2011

 

Winning Entries – 2009

 

Winning Entries – 2007

  • First prize in each category, to be selected by a panel of judges, is $750 plus publication in a future issue of U of T Magazine. Runners-up and “Readers’ Choice” winners in each category will receive University of Toronto swag, plus publication on the U of T Magazine website.
  • Entrants agree to be bound by the contest rules. Judges’ decisions are final.
  • Winners agree to have their entries published in a future issue of U of T Magazine and on the magazine’s website. They will be contacted by telephone.
  • Entries must arrive at U of T Magazine‘s offices by no later than 5 pm on June 1, 2015.
  • To enter by email: Send entries as a Word document attached to your email to: uoft.magazine@utoronto.ca. If you are entering more than one category, please send your entry for each category in a SEPARATE email. Use the subject line “Short Story Contest” or “Poetry Contest” or “Flash Fiction Contest”. Entrant’s name must not appear in the manuscript document itself. All entries must be accompanied by a separate cover document with entrant’s full name, address, postal code, telephone number, e-mail address, submission title(s) and category.
  • To enter by mail: Mail entries to: Alumni Short Story and Poetry Contest, c/o U of T Magazine, 21 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3J3. Entrant’s name must not appear on the manuscript itself. All entries must be typed and accompanied by a separate cover sheet with entrant’s full name, address, postal code, telephone number, e-mail address, submission title(s) and category. Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • Employees of the University of Toronto are not eligible to enter this contest.