Wind & Water Writing Contest

We are excited to be back with the 3rd annual Wind & Water Writing Contest! We’ve covered themes such as Exploring and Memory, and this year, in light of our challenging times, we’re looking for submissions that examine the concept of Unity. Interpret the theme in unique, exciting and creative ways. Unite threads on a literary loom, tether emotions in a poetic stanza, or bond characters through tantalizing plot lines. Surprise us, delight us, but above all, be brave and send in your creative writing!

We are seeking submissions from writers of the Quinte and Prince Edward County region for a host of prizes, recognition and celebration! In the past, we have had winners who are both seasoned and emerging writers. Judging is blind to ensure impartiality.



How to Enter

Entry fees

About the Judges

Kelly S. Thompson is a retired military officer who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is a PhD candidate in Literary and Critical Studies at the University of Gloucestershire. Kelly won the House of Anansi Press Golden Anniversary Award for fiction, the 2014 and 2017 Barbara Novak Award for Personal Essay, and was shortlisted for Room magazine’s 2013 and 2014 creative nonfiction awards, placing 2nd in the 2019 competition. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies and in publications such as Chatelaine, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, and more. Her memoir, Girls Need Not Apply, released summer 2019, was an instant Globe and Mail bestseller and rated one of the top 100 books of the year. Her next memoir, Still, I Cannot Save You, will release with McClelland & Stewart in May, 2022.

Dorian Widling is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He has written several short stories and is currently working on a historical novel set in 18th century France. Dorian is also an award-winning photographer, having taken several prizes at the Department of National Defence Photo Competition, as well as having won a commendation from the judges at the Sony World Photography Awards. Dorian’s images have been shown in places as far as Grosvenor Gallery in London, UK, and his work is held in private collections across North and South America.

Past Contest Winners

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