Wind & Water Writing Contest

January 14, 2019 – March 15, 2019 all day
Janna Smith

Wind & Water Writing Contest

Bust out of the winter doldrums and flex your writing muscles by submitting to the Prince Edward County Arts Council’s first annual Wind & Water Writing Contest. We invite writers from the Quinte region to submit their best work in their favourite genre.

This year’s theme is Exploring, which you can interpret in any way you choose. Tell us tales of searching through caves or diving through local lakes, or even exploring the inner self and what makes humans tick.
Deadline to submit is March 15, 2019.The longlist and shortlist will be selected by local writer, Kelly S. Thompson, and a jury of professional writers will vote to select the winner! The shortlist will be announced mid-April, with the winner announced end April. Please note that judging is blind and winners are chosen based solely on the opinion of the jury.


  • 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.


  • 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
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