Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction — 2020 Call for Submissions

 The Author
To be considered for this $1,000 prize, authors must be either native or resident Atlantic Canadians. We define a “Native” as someone who was born and lived for a substantial portion of his or her life in Atlantic Canada (Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island). We define a “Resident” as a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has lived in the region for at least two out of the five years immediately prior to the entry deadline.

The Book
1. Book must be a collection of short fiction in English by a single author.
2. Volumes that include novellas and short stories are eligible.
3. Volumes that mix fiction with non-fiction and/or poetry are not eligible.
4. Co-authored or multi-authored books are not eligible.
5. Volumes of works that have previously appeared in book form are not eligible (ie, an
author’s collected or selected stories).
6. Edited anthologies are not eligible.
7. Books written for children are not eligible.
8. Only first editions are eligible. Later editions, revisions and reprints are not eligible.
9. Book must be at least 49 pages in length, professionally published and available for
10. Aside from excellence in writing, books must reflect professional editing and production
11. Books that exist in electronic format only are not eligible.
12. Translations from other languages into English are eligible if all other criteria are met.


The Submission [please use the Submission Form, available here]

1. For the 2020 prize, books must have been published between November 2, 2018 and November 1, 2019.
2. Books must be submitted no later than November 1, 2019.
3. Submissions must include four copies of each title.
4. A non-refundable submission fee of $20 for each title must accompany entries.