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Trent University Announces Third Annual Literary Short Fiction Writing Contest


Contest Open to All Members of the Community; Story Submissions due October 1

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, Peterborough

Trent University’s Continuing Education program is pleased to announce its third annual Literary Short Fiction Writing Contest.

The winner of this year’s contest will receive a $259 learning credit to be used towards a Trent Continuing Education writing course of their choice. The winning story will also be published in The Peterborough Examiner. Honourable Mentions will be given to the second and third place stories. The deadline for submitting stories is Monday, October 1. No restrictions as to subject matter or aesthetic approach apply.

"The idea for a writing contest was born out of the enthusiasm around the launch of Trent’s Certificate Program in Creative Writing in 2005,” said continuing education program coordinator Melanie Sedge. “There is a vibrant community of writers in this area and they are hungry for opportunities to learn new skills, practice their writing and gain exposure for their work. The goal of this contest is provide just that...and a chance to win great prizes too!"

All entries will be judged by an exclusive panel consisting of Wendy Morgan and Jim Hendry. Wendy Morgan is a professor of communications at Fleming College. She has trained and worked as an editor and, as a freelance writer her work has appeared in many periodicals including The Globe and Mail, National Post, and Toronto Life. Ms. Morgan has also worked as a correspondence based editorial advisor with writing students from across the country. She is an instructor in the Trent University Creative Writing program. Jim Hendry has worked at The Peterborough Examiner for 25 years. He has been a reporter, columnist, city editor and is now the editorial page editor. He has won provincial newspaper awards for investigative reporting, feature and humour writing and editorial writing.

In its inaugural year, the Trent University Literary Short Fiction Writing contest had 17 entries. Last year, more than 40 submissions were received. The 2006 writing contest winner was Laura Rock, a writer of fiction, poetry, and essays, who lives in Lakefield and is a student in the Trent University Creative Writing Certificate program. Her work has been published in the Dalhousie Review, and The Globe and Mail. Her collection of poems, Rest Home Quadraphonic, was short-listed for the 2004 CBC Literary Awards.

Contest entries must be double-spaced and no more than 1,250 words. Two copies of each submission should be mailed to:

Trent University – Continuing Education Short Fiction Writing Contest
1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough, ON K9J 7B8

Please note that there is an entry fee of $20 per story and $10 for the second entry. No more than two stories will be accepted per author. No entries will be accepted by email or fax.

For complete contest rules and details, please visit the What’s New page.


For more information, please contact:
Melanie Sedge, Program Coordinator, Continuing Education,
(705) 748-1011 x7132