Writing Contests

CommuterLit has four writing contests per year. The top five submissions in each contest are posted on CommuterLit and receive cash prizes:

First-place: CA$100
Second-place: CA$50
(3) Honourable Mentions: CA$25

Valentines Week 2024 — Love Stories (max. word count of 4,000), held in February. Read the winning Entries:

First-place: “Postmodern Infatuation as Lactose for the Intolerant” by Andreea Ceplinschi
Second-place: “A Long Way from Wolverhampton” by Michael Joll
Honourable Mention: “The Dance Before the Wedding” by Sara Siddiqui-Chansarkar
Honourable Mention: “Bullseye” by Julie Eger
Honourable Mention: “Crack” by Alan Caldwell

Poetry Week 2024 — poem or series of poems (max. word count 1000). Submission window: March 25-April 15. Winners will be posted on CommuterLit the week of April 25-29, 2024. Submissions are open now.

Flash Fiction Week 2024 — Flash Fiction stories (max. word count 500). Submission window: May 6 – 27. Winners will be posted on CommuterLit the week of June 3-7, 2024.

Halloween Week 2024 — Scary stories (max. word count 4,000). Submission window: Sept. 30 – Oct. 21. Winners will be posted on CommuterLit the week of Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2024.