Ends on March 8, 2018

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DEADLINE: MARCH 8, 2018

Creative Non-fiction Contest Guidelines:

  • The cost of entry is dependent upon the location of your residence. 
  • If you reside outside of Canada (whether you are Canadian or not), the fee is $42 USD to enter your first submission, and $7 USD for each additional entry. Residence is based on the address associated with your Submittable account. This is where your subscription will be shipped. Under "Fee," select the correct payment amount from the drop-down menu. You must choose the appropriate submission fee option, or your piece may be disqualified. No refunds are provided for selecting the incorrect fee option. 
  • If you reside in Canada (at the Canadian address associated with your Submittable account, regardless of citizenship), the fee is $35 CAD to enter your first submission, and $7 CAD for each additional entry. Residence is based on the address associated with your Submittable account. This is where your subscription will be shipped. Under "Fee," select the correct payment amount from the drop-down menu. You must choose the appropriate submission fee option, or your piece may be disqualified. No refunds are provided for selecting the incorrect fee option. 
  • All initial submissions include a one-year subscription to Room. Additional entries do not include an additional free subscription.
  • Judging will be blind. Please ensure that your name and any personal details are not included in your submission document. This includes the file name. Please include a note with your pseudonym (if any) in the "Cover Letter" section of the Submittable entry form. Please substitute your name in the essay with an alias if it is a part of your essay. You can send us the original version if your piece is selected for publication. 
  • One submission is one piece of creative non-fiction (memoir, travel writing, nonfiction humour, essay, literary journalism, personal journalism, biography, profile, etc.) of up to 3,500 words.
  • You can only upload one document on Submittable. Cover letters are not necessary and will NOT be read by the judge.
  • Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication, and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.
  • Previously commissioned Room writers or Room Contest judges are disqualified from entering the contest.
  • Room's contests are open to women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit, and nonbinary people. We specifically encourage writers with overlapping under-represented identities to submit their work.


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