For contest submissions, go to the bottom of this page.


For 50 years, EVENT has published the very best in contemporary new poetry and prose. We  are one of Western Canada’s longest-running literary magazines, and  welcome submissions written in English from around the world. Each issue  of EVENT includes high quality fiction, poetry, non-fiction and book  reviews, and we feature emerging and established writers side-by-side in  our pages. Visit www.eventmagazine.ca

WE GENERALLY HAVE TWO OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS ONLY FOR FICTION AND POETRY: AUGUST 1 - SEPTEMBER 31 and DECEMBER 1 - JANUARY 31. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR ANY UPDATES.

What We’re Looking For 

Fiction: Whether you’ve never published before, or you’ve published seven novels, we’re looking for the same  thing: compelling characters, plots that surprise us, narratives that move  us, stories that have something new to say.

Poetry: We love poems that are lyrical without being  overwrought, and are profound without being pretentious. We look for  honesty of emotion, and images that arrest us.

Non-Fiction: The creative non-fiction we publish mainly comes through our annual Non-Fiction Contest due to limited page space. We are looking for real-life experiences told as riveting narratives  with distinct voices. We publish essays that feel artful and true. Currently we are not accepting general submissions of non-fiction.

Your best bet at getting your work published in EVENT is by reading some of our issues. Find the current issue at Chapters, libraries or local newsstands; subscriptions and single issues in print or digital format can also be purchased online or through our office.


The Details:

  • We will consider only ONE submission at a time. Once you have received a response from us, you are free to submit another piece of writing.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please advise us immediately should a piece under consideration be accepted elsewhere.
  • We review every manuscript we receive. During high volume periods, responses may take up to six  months.
  • Please review our Editorial Policy for rights, payment policies and additional details.
  • See the individual categories below for more specific details about submitting.

Reading Service for Writers 

If your manuscript needs another eye, try EVENT’s Reading Service for Writers.  Manuscripts will be edited by one of EVENT’s experienced editors and  receive an assessment of 700-1000 words detailing strengths and  weaknesses, and providing recommendations for revision. All manuscripts submitted will also be considered for publication.




 Genre: Writers are encouraged to explore the creative non-fiction form. 

 Prizes: $3,000 in total prizes, plus publication in EVENT: First Place $1,500; Second Place $1,000; Third Place $500.

 Entry Fee: $34.95 per entry; includes a one-year subscription (or renewal) to EVENT and all applicable taxes and shipping.

 Judge: David A. Robertson (he, him, his) is the 2021 recipient of the Writers’ Union of Canada Freedom to Read Award. His memoir, Back Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory, was a Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire book of the year in 2020, and won the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction as well as the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award at the Manitoba Book Awards. He is the author of numerous books for young readers, including When We Were Alone, which won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award and the McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People Award. He is a member of Norway House Cree Nation and currently lives in Winnipeg, MB.

 Deadline: October 15, 2021

 Contest Rules:


  • 5,000 word limit on entries.
  • Entries must not have been previously published, either in print or online, or accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • Do not identify yourself on the entry.  
  • Multiple entries are allowed; however, each entry must be accompanied by its own CAD $34.95 entry fee.
  • If already subscribed to EVENT, you will receive a one-year extension.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • If entrants wish feedback and commentary on manuscripts, please check out our Reading Service for Writers
  • Preliminary judging is done by the Editor and editorial assistants at EVENT
  • Douglas College students, employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. Douglas College students may enter two years after completing courses. 
  • Entries must be submitted online (or postmarked) by 11:59 pm PT on October 15. 
  • For information on how to submit by mail, please visit our website's Contest page.
  • Contest results are posted on our website and through social media. The winning entries and judge's essay are published in the Spring/Summer issue (51/1) of EVENT. 
  • For more information, contact us at event@douglascollege.ca or 604-527-5293.
  • Contest terms are subject to change.



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