2020 Non-Fiction Contest

And the winners are…

FIRST PLACE ($1,500):

  • ‘Our Lives’ by Alexis Pooley, London, ON


  • ‘Differences’ by Madeline Sonik, Victoria, BC


  • ‘Sea Monsters Revealed’ by Adrienne Gruber, Vancouver, BC

The winning entries, along with Madhur Anand’s judge’s essay, will appear in EVENT 50/1 (Spring/Summer 2021).

Congratulations to all the other short-listed entrants:

  • ‘If You Spot a Crow,’ Heather Diamond, Hong Kong
  • ‘Lost on the Greenway,’ Jill Mandrake, Vancouver, BC
  • ‘The Pamphlet,’ Jeremy Andruschak, Vancouver, BC
  • ‘The Great Pause,’ Jane Campbell, Vancouver, BC
  • ‘And, in Another Part of the Forest,’ Peter Dubé, Montreal, QC
  • ‘Eight of Nine,’ Kathleen McDonnell, Toronto, ON
  • ‘The Dying Room,’ Leanne Schneider, Darlings Lake, NS
  • ‘Endless Circle,’ Evi Cox, Montreal, QC


Genre: Creative Non-Fiction.

Prize: $3,000 in prizes ($1,500 First Place, $1,000 Second Place, $500 Third Place) plus publication in EVENT.

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

Deadline: October 15, 2020 (postmarked or submitted online)

Photo Credit: Karen Whylie

Guest Judge: Madhur Anand

Madhur Anand is the author of the collection of poems A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes (McClelland and Stewart/PRHC), the ‘memoir-in-halves’ This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart (Strange Light/PRHC), and several other literary works published in national and international literary magazines. She is a full professor of ecology and sustainability at The University of Guelph.

Three Ways to Submit:

1. Use our online submission form

2. Email entries to event@douglascollege.ca (Subject: Non-Fiction Contest Entry) and pay the entry fee on our buy page via PayPal.

3. 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.)

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


  • 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.
  • If not using our online submission form, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number / email, and title(s).
  • 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 October 15.
  • 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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