2021 Non-Fiction Contest


Genre: Creative Non-Fiction. Writers are encouraged to explore the form.

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

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

Deadline: Extended to October 17, 2021 (submitted online via Submittable, or postmarked)

Guest Judge: David A. Roberston

Two Ways to Submit:

1. Online via Submittable. Click on the button below:


2. Send your manuscript, along with a cheque or international money order, payable to EVENT, to the address below. (American entrants please pay in US dollars.) Include a separate cover sheet with name, full mailing address, phone number / email, title and word count.

EVENT, Non-Fiction Contest, PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC, V3L 5B2, Canada

EVENT 2021 Non-Fiction Contest Judge David A. Robertson

DAVID A. ROBERTSON (he, him, his) is the 2021 recipient of the Writers’ Union of Canada Freedom to Read Award. His memoir, Black 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.


  • 5,000 word limit on entries.
  • Entries must not have been previously published, either in print or online, or been 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 $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 postmarked or submitted online by end of day October 17 (Pacific Time).
  • 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 of EVENT.
  • For more information, contact us at event@douglascollege.ca or 604-527-5293.

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