Wind & Water Writing Contest

We are pleased to announce the winners of our first annual Wind & Water Writing Contest! We invited writers from the Quinte region to submit their best work in their favourite genre. This year’s theme was Exploring.

2019 Contest Winners

The winner was chosen from dozens of entries in a wide variety of genres, yet Sulzenko’s piece stood out for eloquent use of imagery, a clear and confident voice, and unique line breaks that made for a stunning and powerful read. Sulzenko’s creativity perfectly captured our theme of Exploring, creating an image that speaks to anyone familiar with the County and nature itself. JC Sulzenko has published poetry widely, in national and local publications. She was shortlisted for Arc magazine’s Poem of the Year award and has published in many other literary magazines. Click on the title to read each piece.

The longlist of nine works was selected by writer Kelly S. Thompson, and a jury of literary professionals voted to select the winners. In 2019 these professionals were playwright Marianne Ackerman, publisher Leigh Nash of Invisible Publishing, and writer Sarah Selecky. Please note that judging was blind and that winners were chosen based solely on the opinion of the jury. Winner names released on May 10, 2019.


  • 1st Prize: $250, published in Artscene (our monthly newsletter with over 1200 subscribers) and on our website and shared in social media.
  • 2nd Prize: $100, published on our website
  • Honourable Mention: Published on our website and a fifty-page consult with Kelly S. Thompson


  • Pieces can be any genre.
  • Pieces should be no longer than 1600 words.
  • Writers may enter as often as they like.
  • The piece submitted cannot be previously published.
  • Only emailed entries will be considered.
  • Ensure your name does not appear on your submission anywhere except on the cover letter.
  • You must reside in the Quinte region.
  • Entries must be accompanied by a $15 entry fee and $10 for additional entries.
  • Prince Edward County Arts Council and Quinte Arts Council members pay only $10 and $5 for each additional submission.

How to Enter

The contest is closed for 2019. The 2020 deadline will be announced this winter.

  • Include a cover letter with your name, title, genre, word count, contact info, and a short bio.
  • Include your title on every page of your entry in the header.
  • Number every page.
  • Select the PayPal drop down menu item for your first or additional payment. Once complete, note your order number and include that your cover letter as proof of payment.
  • Send all submissions by email, in PDF or a WORD DOC only, along with proof of payment to
Entry fees

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