news&views Writing Contest 2019

Be published in news&views! Reach an audience of over 22,000 people!

Deadline for Entries: Friday, November 15, 2019
Announcement of Winners: Spring issue of news&views (March 2020)

Entry Categories

1,000-word maximum
A fictional work of extreme brevity, that still offers character and plot development.
Check the following links for guidance in your writing:

Flash Fiction What's it all about

Four elements that every flash fiction story needs

Any form (except rhyming couplets), any subject, any length 1,000-word maximum
The writing must be completely fictional but may have some basis in fact. Writers who wish to use elements from their experience must ensure that names and any other identifying information is changed. Any story that, in the opinion of the judges or the Communications Committee, appears to put an individual’s privacy at risk will be disqualified.


The contest is open to all ARTA members, except members of any ARTA Committee, the ARTA Board of Directors, and their families.

  • All submissions must be accompanied by the official entry form as the first page of the submission. (Do not send the entry form as a separate file.) Contact the ARTA office if a print copy of the entry form is required. Instructions for incorporating your writing entry to the entry form are provided below.
  • All submissions must be original work.
  • Submissions with explicit sexuality or implied violence will be disqualified.
  • Submissions may be handwritten or typed.
  • Electronic submissions must be .doc or .docx; other formats will not be considered.
  • In electronic and typed submissions decorative fonts are not appropriate.
  • Illustrations are not accepted with submissions.
  • Submissions are limited to one entry per category; however, submissions in more than one category are welcome. A separate entry form must accompany each entry.
  • Entries that exceed the category word count will be disqualified.
  • Prizes are awarded for First and Second Place. The selection of winners by the Communications Committee is final.
  • Entry submission implies permission to publish in news&views. As with all news&views content, submissions are subject to editing. In accordance with ARTA’s principlesthe aim should be respectful, clear writing, that avoids stereotyping.
  • Winners will be advised privately by letter and publicly in the spring issue of news&views.
  • All entrants retain ownership of publication rights to their work; however, we ask that winners not submit their entries to another market until after publication in news&views.
  • ARTA retains the right to use the entries for promotional purposes during and after the competition.
  • All prizes must be accepted as awarded.

Entry Instructions

If you have written your Writing Contest entry in Microsoft Word, please follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Writing Contest official entry form on your computer and fill out all the fields.
  2. After all the fields of the entry form have been filled in, go to the bottom of the page and insert a page break
    [click Insert tab, click on Page Break]
  3. Paste your writing entry on the second page of the Official Entry Form and save the document.
  4. Submit the filled-out Official Entry Form (which includes your writing entry) as an attachment to an email with the subject line WRITING CONTEST to

You will be notified when your submission has been received. Please do not resubmit your entry to the address below if you have submitted it electronically.

Handwritten or typed manuscripts may be sent to WRITING CONTEST, c/o ARTA Office, 11835 149 Street NW, Edmonton, AB  T5L 2J1
Please only submit a disposable copy since we cannot return handwritten or typed material.

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