Submission Requirements & Festival Rules


Submission Requirements
Entries must:

  • Be written in English
  • Be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font, double spaced, and sent in PDF format
  • Have word count included below title on first page
  • Include page number and title on each page
  • Judging is blind - do not put your name or any identifying marks on your submitted manuscript
  • Any submissions with identifying marks may be disqualified

    Writing Contest Rules

  • Each entry must be original and previously unpublished
  • Registration is available online at
  • Registration is due by the following deadlines: Adult - October 25, 2023 and Youth - November 1, 2023. Late entries will not be accepted
  • Registration fee must accompany each entry
  • All manuscripts (poem or short story) must be emailed to no later than 11:59PM EST on the date of the Adult or Youth Deadlines as stated above
  • Paper copies will not be accepted
  • Refunds will not be given for disqualified or late entries
  • All qualifying entries will receive written feedback from the adjudicator
  • Entrants must be a resident of Ontario to qualify for awards
  • Please pay special attention to entry requirements as stated on the Syllabus
  • Entries that exceed word count or include identifying marks or author's name may be disqualified
  • Winners will be notified by email
  • Winners names, entries, and photos will be published on the Creative Works website and may be shared on the main site and our social media at our discretion
  • Entrants not selected as winners will not be notified individually
  • Winners may be asked to submit a headshot to accompany their work when published
  • Winners agree to allow the SSAC to publish their story, poem, and photo on any SSAC Websites & Social Media
  • All entrants must agree to our waiver at time of check out - outlining that you have read and understand all of these rules and submission requirements and agree to them