Wind & Water Writing Contest

Writers of the Quinte and Prince Edward County region are invited to submit their work to the 2nd Annual Wind and Water Writing Contest! Last year, we delved into Exploring, and this year, we are looking for stories on the theme of Memory. Interpret the theme in unique, exciting and creative ways. Create resonant dreams in your characters’ minds, tell us your childhood stories, weave us tails of remembrance and recollection, or make poetic images of memorable moments. Surprise us, delight us, but above all, be brave and send in your creative writing!

This year, having seen the wealth of talent in our area, we’re doing things a bit differently. We will have two separate prizes–one for fiction and nonfiction, another for poetry. The criteria remain the same, however! We simply want your best work, with all writing judged based on use of creative writing tools, dialogue, imagery, characterization, and more. We’ll take everything from genre work (romance, YA) to more experimental forms, all with the goal of powerfully employing the written word.



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.

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.

2019 Contest Winners

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