Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story is an annual two-day festival that features workshops, readings, onstage presentations, and community events that celebrate emerging writers and short fiction.

The Festival takes place where Alice Munro grew up, in Huron County, Ontario, Canada from June 2 - June 4, 2023. For more information about the Festival visit us at and find us on Facebook. 

The Short Story competition, now in its 16th year, is an opportunity for writers to explore the short story, a literary art form made popular by 2013 Nobel laureate Alice Munro. 

 Adults $1,500 FIRST PRIZE - 2 additional prizes of $250 each

 Youth $500 FIRST PRIZE -  2 additional prizes of $250 each

Submissions are being accepted until March 15, 2023, 11:59 pm PT for the 17th Annual Literary Short Story Competition for Emerging Writers. 

The winning entry will be the Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction, written by an author not yet published in book format.  Winners will be announced at the 2023 festival with simultaneous social and print media release.


$25 per entry for Adults; $10 per entry for Youth paid through Submittable. 

All entries and payments must be made through the Submittable platform.

DEADLINE:   Must be submitted by 11:59PT - March 15, 2023 


A regional judging panel will select the top stories within each category. A celebrity judge will choose the winners from these top stories. 


  • Canadian citizens or landed immigrants /refugees and those living in Canada
  • All writers who have NOT been published professionally in book format, including online publications, in any genre and who do not have a contract with a book publisher. (NOTE: this does not include self-published or technical writing).
  • Adult writers are age 19 years and older; Youth are up to 18 years of age on or before March 15, 2023 or as otherwise stated in the individual award categories.
  • Previous winners are ineligible to win again in the same category.


  • Short fiction prose; up to and including 2,500 words (title excluded), English language
  • Name must not be on the submitted file 
  • Not previously paid to be published in any format
  • Must be writers’ original works
  • Multiple submissions welcome – (only one entry per writer is eligible for award)
  • Shortlisted winners will be notified prior to the festival in June 2023.


  • Click on the button below to fill out the application form and upload your entry.
  • Submissions will be accepted online only. Mailed in entries will not be accepted.
  • Payment will be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard) via Submittable. 
  •  Entries must be received by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on March 15, 2023 to be eligible.
Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story