Contest open until midnight March 1, 2024
Dave Williamson is one of the founding members of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and honorary patron of our Short Story Competition.
Open to writers across Canada! We actively encourage submissions from all writers who are 18+ years of age, including writers with disabilities; writers in the 2SLGTBQIA+ communities; BIPOC writers; and other under-represented communities.
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By submitting your entry to this contest, you agree to give the Manitoba Writers’ Guild’s first North American eBook rights for six months from the date of publication, after which all rights revert to the author if your story is selected. Proceeds from the sale of the e-book will be used to support future Manitoba Writers’ Guild writing competitions.
The three prize winners plus (up to four) honourable mentions will be published in an eBook anthology by the Manitoba Writers’ Guild.
Raye Anderson is a Scots Canadian who taught Drama and ran Theatre and Community arts programs for many years, notably at Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg, in Ottawa, and Calgary.
Raye has been a resident of the Interlake since 2007 and presently lives in Gimli. Her first crime fiction novel, And We Shall Have Snow, was published by Signature Editions in 2020. It was shortlisted for Best New Crime Novel, 2021 for the Crime Writers of Canada, Awards of Excellence, and was also shortlisted for Best Softcover Fiction category of the WILLA 2021 Literary Awards.
The second book in the series, which features Sergeant Roxanne Calloway of the RCMP, occurs mostly in Winnipeg, in a fictional theatre company. Titled And Then Is Heard No More, it was published by Signature Editions in 2021, and was the Winnipeg Free Press Book Club choice for summer of 2022.
Raye returned to the Interlake as the setting for her third book, Down Came The Rain, published by Signature Editions in 2022. The fourth in the series, Sing a Song of Summer, was released July 2023 by Signature Editions this spring.
You can find Ray Anderson’s books here.
Lee Kvern is a Canadian author of short stories and novels. Her stories in 7 Ways to Sunday have garnered literary awards including the CBC Literary Prize. Afterall was selected for regional Canada Reads and nominated for Alberta Book Awards and the Ottawa Relit Award. Lush Triumphant finalist and recent Best of the Net nominee. Her work has been produced for CBC Radio and been published in numerous literary magazines across Canada and the US. She’s currently finished her fourth novel Catch You on the Flipside, an international thriller.
Zilla Jones, she/her, is an African-Canadian writer living on Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg.) She is a 2023 Journey Prize winner and has also won the Malahat Review Open Season award, Jacob Zilber award, Freefall short prose award, and GritLit festival award. She placed second in the Prairie Fire and Austin Clarke fiction prizes, and received Honourable Mention in the Room magazine short story contest. She has also been longlisted twice by the CBC short fiction prize and was a finalist in the Alberta Magazine Publishing awards. Her work appears in Prairie Fire, the Malahat Review,
Prism International, Freefall, the Fiddlehead, the Puritan, Room, and The Journey Prize Stories. Zilla is also a busy criminal defence and human rights lawyer, anti-racism educator, singer, and mother to musical and athletic children.
Lauren Carter (she/her) is the author of five books including two poetry collections, two novels, and her latest, the short story collection Places Like These which was a Globe and Mail recommended read. This Has Nothing To Do With You, her last novel, won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction at the Manitoba Book Awards, when she also earned the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writing. She lives on 1.4 acres within the homeland of the Metis Nation, on Treaty One territory, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she writes and runs a variety of writing retreats through her business Wild Ground Writing.
Trevor Greyeyes has been a writer, journalist, poet, playwright, guitar player and all round bon vivant, minus the money.
A First Nation man who hails from Netley Creek First Nation.
As he takes his first steps into being recognized for entering his elderly years, Greyeyes looks forward to doing even more.