February 9, 2010

Prairie Fire Press & the Millenium Library

Sharpen your pencils!!!

It's time to start writing for the Prairie Fire Press & McNally Robinson Booksellers 2010 Writing Contests.

Bliss Carman Poetry Award
The poetry first prize is in part donated by the Banff Centre for the Arts, who will also award a jeweller-cast replica of poet Bliss Carman’s silver and turquoise ring to the first prize winner. (1-3 poems per entry, maximum 150 lines per entry)
Judge: Christian Bök

Short Fiction
(one story per entry, maximum 10,000 words)
Judge: Joan Thomas

Creative Non-Fiction
(one article per entry, maximum 5,000 words)
Judge: Hal Niedzviecki

1st prize $1,250, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250 in all categories

Deadline for all contest entries: Postmarked November 30, 2010.

Contest Rules

∑ Entry fee is $32 (per category). This entitles you or your designate to a one-year (4 issues) subscription to Prairie Fire. Make cheque or money order payable to Prairie Fire and enclose with your entry. You may also use all major credit cards.

∑ Do not identify yourself on your entry. Please enclose a cover letter with your name, address, telephone number and/or e-mail address, the title(s) of your piece(s), and word count (prose), or line count (poetry) along with your entry fee.

∑ No faxed or e-mailed submissions, please.

∑ Your entry must be typed on 8 1/2 x 11-inch white paper and the pages clipped, not stapled. Prose must be double-spaced.

∑ Entries will not be returned. If you want to be informed of results, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope, or check our website.

∑ Each piece must be original, unpublished, not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.

∑ You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription.

∑ Winning pieces will be published in Prairie Fire magazine, with authors paid for publication.

Send entries to: Prairie Fire Press, 423-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3

For more information
check out our website at
call (204) 943-9066
e-mail us at

The Millenium Library's next lecture and concert features:

Feb. 17 - Prof. Jane Barter Moulaison, UWinnipeg Theology, talking about "Christians in a Pluralistic Society: Are there resources in Christianity for engagement with other faiths?"

Feb. 18 - Chopin's 200th Birthday, celebrated by pianist Maximilian Fleischman

Feb. 24 - Prof. Melanie O'Gorman, UWinnipeg Economics: "The Missing Link? The Role of Farmers' Organizations in responsive African Democracies"

Feb. 25 - Tabla Quartet, with Amjad Sabir leading the fusion of the East with the West

It's all free, but seating is limited. The events are from 12:10 - 12:50 pm, so bring your lunch and come early to the Carol Shields Auditorium.

The schedule is subject to change without notice. To confirm, or learn about future events call the Reader Services at 986-8386 or

Check out the Children's and Teen Programs at the Winnipeg Public Library. There's lots happening there, too.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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