The 2018 QWF
Literary Prize for Young Writers will be awarded to an emerging writer who is a resident of Quebec and who is between 16
and 24 years old, inclusively, as of June 15, 2018, the contest deadline.
will be awarded for the best short story, poem, or work of non-fiction written in English and published in an official literary publication
in 2017. Work may be submitted either by the author or by the journal in
which the submission was published, and there is no limit to the number of
submissions per publication or writer. All
work submitted must be the final, published version.
Rules and Regulations
- Maximum length for short stories and non-fiction is 4000 words. Maximum
length of a poem is 100 lines.
- An emerging writer, for the
purposes of this award, is one who has yet to publish a book.
- The writer must be at least 16 and under 25 at the time of the contest
- Official literary
publications encompass print and online journals or
magazines published by secondary schools, CEGEPS or universities, as long as
there is a selection process involved; they also include recognized
professional literary journals. The publication does not have to be
- A Quebec resident writer is
one whose main residence has been in Quebec for at least one year at the time
of publication, and/or who has a strong ongoing proven connection to Quebec
(for example, a long-time Quebec resident who is studying abroad).
- The submission must have been
written in English (i.e., translations are not eligible).
finalists will be selected by a jury of three. The names of all finalists will
appear in carte blanche and on the
QWF website. Winners will be announced at the annual QWF Literary Awards Gala,
held in November 2018. The following prizes will be awarded:
prize: $1000 and, when rights allow, republication in carte blanche
three prize winners will receive a one-year membership in the Quebec Writers’
How to Submit
following two files to upload:
of the table of contents of the print or online magazine/journal in which the poem/story/non-fiction
of the poem/story/non-fiction piece as it appeared in print or online.
should be legible scans of print publications or screenshots of online
publications. In the event that this is not possible, you may submit a PDF
converted from the final edited version
of the file.
inquiries about eligibility should be directed to Lori Schubert, Executive
Director of the Quebec Writers’ Federation: firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-933-0878.