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Rules and Guidelines

Entry is free, with $3,000 in prize money available to be won between two categories: Podcasting and Prose. The contest is open to individuals living in Southwestern Ontario, in two age divisions.

Adult (age 18 and over)

Adult PodcastingAdult Prose
1st place$4001st place$400
2nd place$3002nd place$300
3rd place$2003rd place$200

Youth (age 17 and under)

Youth PodcastingYouth Prose
1st place$3001st place$300
2nd place$2002nd place$200
3rd place$1003rd place$100


Rules and Guidelines

  1. The 2018 contest opens Thursday, November 1. The deadline for entries is Friday, November 30 at 11:59 pm. The number of entries we accept is limited, so enter early!

  2. Participants may submit one prose entry, with a maximum 1500 words.

  3. Participants may submit up to two podcasts (one group and/or one individual podcast), with a maximum length of 5 minutes each.

  4. Professional writers or podcasters are not eligible to enter this contest.

  5. Judges' decisions are final. There will be no correspondence between the judge and the entrants regarding any submissions.

  6. Winning prose entries will be printed in the publication The Changing Image, and podcasts may be uploaded to library channels. By entering the contest, the author is granting permission for their piece to be used by Kitchener Public Library for publication and/or promotional purposes.

  7. Winners will be notified in February 2019.

  8. The Awards Presentation Ceremony will be held in Spring 2019 (date to be determined). The public is invited to the cerermony, which will feature our esteemed judge Emily Urquhart, along with the winning and honourable mention writers and podcasters. Copies of The Changing Image and Ms. Urquhart's book will be available for purchase (and autographing). Cash sales only.

For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Learn more about submitting podcasts and prose.