Prose & Poetry Contest

In celebration of our 20th issue, This Side of West is holding a Prose & Poetry Contest.
The contest has no theme, allowing UVic undergraduate students to submit a fictional story, nonfictional story, or poem on any subject.
This Side of West’s Editors will judge submissions anonymously.
One story and one poem will win.
The authors of the winning submissions will each receive:
  • $200.00 CAD
  • Publication in Issue 20.
  • An invitation to be interviewed for Issue 20.

Contest Rules

  • The contest is open from October 1st to November 14th, 2021.
  • The contest is free to enter.
  • Only current UVic undergraduate students may enter.
  • Authors may only submit a story or a poem, not both.
  • Authors may only submit one story or poem.
  • Fiction and Nonfiction story submissions must be 3500 words or less.
  • Poems must be 3 pages or less.
  • Submissions must be unpublished, having not appeared in any form online or in print.
  • Simultaneous submissions —submissions which are being considered by other literary journals or publications—are not allowed.

Prose.

We seek a fictional or nonfictional story that is short, creative, and excellent for its content, structure, and voice.
Only one prose story will win.
UVic undergraduate students may submit a fictional or nonfictional story of 3500 words or less to the contest.
Follow these guidelines when submitting:
  1. Edit your prose before submitting it.
  2. Format your story:
    • Use 12 point font.
    • Use either Times New Roman or Garamond font.
    • Double space your entire document.
    • Include a word count at the top of the first page.
    • Paginate all pages.
    • Remove all identifying information from the document. (You will be identified through the submission form.)
  3. Submit your story as a .docx or .pdf file. (Other file formats will not be reviewed.)

Poetry.

We seek a compelling poem that has excellent content, structure, and voice.
Prose poems will be accepted, but they must be three pages or less AND less than 3500 words.
UVic undergraduate students may submit a poem of 3 pages or less to the contest. Only one poem will win.
Follow these guidelines when submitting:
  1. Edit your poem before submitting it.
  2. Format your poems:
    • Use 12 point font.
    • Use Times New Roman or Garamond font.
    • Provide a word count at the top of the first page of the poem.
    • Paginate all pages.
    • Remove all identifying information from the document. (You will be identified in the submission form.)
  3. Submit your poem as a .docx file or .pdf. (Other file types will not be reviewed.)
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F.A.Q.

Still have a question?

We will announce the winners of the contest on December 3rd, 2021 at our Editorial Anthology Launch. We will email the winners of the contest after our announcement on December 3rd. The authors who did not win will not be notified.

We will pay the winners in cash or e-transfer, whichever they prefer.

Email us at thissideofwest@gmail.com.