Do you have a short story under 2,500 words kicking around? Want a shot at $5000? Well, the Toronto Star has a contest just for you. Unlike the CBC short story contest, TorStar’s contest is FREE! And who doesn’t like free (except maniacs and extreme cheapskates, of course)!
As per the the official contest rules:
The contest is open to all residents of Ontario who have attained the age of 16, except for employees, their immediate families and anyone living with any employee of the Sponsor or its corporate affiliates, advertising or promotional agencies. Limit of one entry per person. Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Contest closes at 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 29, 2016. The author’s name should not appear on the story itself. Include your name, address, daytime telephone number and email address along with a 25-50 word biographical sketch on a separate sheet of paper with your entry. Stories must be written in English, original and unpublished up to the time the winners are declared on or about Thursday, April 21, 2016. Stories must be written on a computer or typewriter, be double-spaced and no longer than 2,500 words. Total word count must be printed on the front page of the story. You may wish to enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with your entry. Potential winners will be notified by telephone or email on or about Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The winners must agree to allow the Toronto Star to publish their names, photographs and biographical information. The decision of the contest judges is final.
Click here to learn more about the contest and good luck!