Writing Contest

news&views Writing Contest 2023

Be published in news&views! Reach an audience of over 28,000 people!

Deadline for Entries: Friday, November 17, 2023
Announcement of Winners: Spring issue of news&views (March 2024)

Entry Categories


Flash Fiction

Prompt: Dreams of the Future
800-word maximum

fictional work, not a memoir, that offers character and plot development.
A short story must have a beginning, middle, and end. 


40-line maximum

Any form, any subject. 

Travel Vignette

500-word maximum.

“A vignette is a short yet descriptive piece of writing that captures a brief period in time. Vignettes are more focused on vivid imagery and meaning rather than plot” (from Wikipedia).

Submit a brief, vivid word picture of a memorable, meaningful travel moment that has left a lasting impression. The submission must be the writer’s own experience, written in the first person. This is not intended to be a travelogue.

For an example of such writing, please check out last year's winner in the spring 2023 news&views.
Please do not submit photos with your vignette.

Rules and Guidelines

  • The contest is open to all ARTA members and spouses, except members of any ARTA committee, the ARTA Board of Directors, or their families.
  • Submissions must be the author’s original work, and winning entries will be published with the name of the author.
  • Submissions may be handwritten, typed, or electronic (digital).
    • Electronic copies must be in .doc or .docx.
    • Handwritten or typed hard copies will not be returned.
    • Decorative fonts, headers or footers, or photos are not permitted.
  • Submissions are limited to one entry per category; however, submissions in more than one category are welcome.
  • Entries are disqualified when they:
    • Contain explicit or implied sexuality, violence, stereotypes, or disrespectful content.
    • Exceed the category word or line count.
    • Are received after the contest entry deadline.
  • The selection of winners by the Communications Committee is final.
    • Prizes are awarded for first and second place.
    • All prizes must be accepted as awarded.
    • Winners will be advised privately by letter and publicly in the spring issue of news&views.
    • First and second place winning submissions are published in 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.
  • Submitting an entry implies permission to print the winning entry in paper and electronic issues of the magazine, as well as continued display in the online archive of past news&views Beyond this permission, the ownership and copyright for any work is retained by the author.

As with all news&views content, submissions may be edited using The Canadian Press Stylebook and the Canadian Oxford Dictionary

How to Submit

Deadline for Entries: Friday, November 17, 2023

Submitting Digital Entries

Online submissions will be managed through the Reviewr website. Email submissions will no longer be accepted. Visit the button below to create an account and submit your entry or entries.

Writing Contest Reviewr Site

If you require a print copy of the entry form, or if you are having difficulties submitting it, contact [email protected].

Submitting Handwritten or Typed Manuscripts

To download a copy of the entry form, please go to Writing Contest 2023 Official Entry Form/FIRST PAGE .doc format

Contact the ARTA office if a print copy of the entry form is required

Send paper copies to:

c/o ARTA Office,
15505 137 Avenue NW,
Edmonton, AB  T5V 1R9

Please only submit a disposable copy since we cannot return handwritten or typed material.