Saturday, February 27, 2010

The New Quarterly launches essay and occasional poetry contests

The New Quarterly magazine has announced two new writing contests that pay the winners $1,000 for "one glorious poem" or "one winning essay". 
The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest  is sponsored by Kim Jernigan, the longtime editor of TNQ and her family "in celebration of the man who sparked their love of poetry". Occasional poems are defined as being written in response to an occasion, personal or public-poems of gratitude or grief, poems that celebrate or berate, poems that make of something an occasion or simply mark one. The grand prize is $1,000 and a further $1,000 will be distributed as the judges fancy, the magazines says. The winners will be published in The New Quarterly  at its usual rates, and posted on its website. Entry fee is $40 for up to 2 unpublished poems, $5 for each additional. The competition is restricted to Canadian citizens or current residents.
The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest is named for one of the original founders of TNQ, the late magazine journalist, perhaps now best known for her series of "Schmecks" cookbooks. She was also a generous donor, founding many awards, scholarships and bursaries. The contest is financed in part out of a $25,000 gift she gave to TNQ. The winning essay may be any length, on any topic "in which the writer's personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line". Again, it is open only to Canadian writers. The prize is $1,000 and the winning essay will be considered for paid publication in the magazine. Entry fee is $40 per essay. 
In both instances, the deadline is May 1 and decisions will be made by August 31.



Anonymous Rosalynn said...

Thanks, D.B.! While I'm here, I'd also like to mention that we've had a few questions about exactly what constitutes a 'personal essay', so Kim has promised to elaborate on our blog,, sometime this week. Any other questions about these contests should be directed to

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