Thursday, 5 June 2014
2014 Canadian Tales Of The Mysterious Short Story Competition - Deadline December 31 , 2014
Red tuque books
Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2014 Canadian Tales of the Mysterious Short Story
Competition. To be considered, a story must have two things. First, it must contain an element of Mystery;
second, it must be identifiably Canadian. An element of Mystery is self-explanatory, but what is ‘Identifiably
Canadian’? If the story is written by a Canadian, or written about Canadians, or takes place in Canada, then
itmeets the ‘Identifiably Canadian’condition.
First place pays $500. Second place pays $150 and the third pays $100. Ten Honourable mention prizes of
$25.00 will also be awarded. All winning entries will be published by Red Tuque Books in the upcoming
anthology, ‘Canadian Tales Of The Mysterious’. Winners will receive a complementary copy of the
anthology in addition to the prize money. Winners will be contacted by February 28 , 2015. Results will
posted on the Red Tuque Books website in March, 2015. The finalist judges for this contest will be
announced in August, 2014.
The contest closes December 31 , 2014. Entries post marked later than December 31 will not be
considered. All entries will be read. The entry fee is $15 for one manuscript, $25 for two, or $30 for three.
Three is the maximum number of manuscripts that can be submitted by any one author. The judging is blind,
so it is possiblefor one author to have uptothree winning entries.
Allmanuscripts must be original, unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, between 1,500 and 5,000
words. The word count is strict and stories that have been published online are considered previously
published. The authorsretain theircopyright, but first-print rights aregranted to Red Tuque Books for the
anthology. All submissions must be sent via regular mail. Email submissions will not be accepted.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but Red Tuque Books must be notified in writing, prior to the
February announcement,ifa manuscript hasbeen accepted for publicationelsewhere.
Entries will be judged anonymously. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript. Each
entry must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the author's name, complete mailing address, email address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned and
no entry confirmation will be given unless requested. Please provide a SASE or e-mail address when
Entry fees must be submitted by mail with their accompanying manuscripts. Payment is in Canadian funds.
Personal cheques, bank drafts, and money orders, should be drawn on a Canadian Bank. Please make payable
to Red TuqueBooks Inc.
Sendmanuscript(s), along with the appropriateentry fee, to: Short Story Competition
Unit#6, 477 Martin Street
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