Second Story Press is sponsoring

Aboriginal writing contest for adults who write for kids.

Second Story is holding a contest for contemporary writing for young readers that reflects the modern experience of Canadian Aboriginal – First Nations, Métis, and Inuit – people. The jury will be particularly looking for stories with an urban setting.

Canadian writers who identify as Aboriginal are invited to submit their original, previously unpublished manuscripts by March 31, 2015. The winner of the contest will be announced in April 2015 and will be offered a publishing contract from Second Story Press.

Submissions must not be submitted or under consideration for other contests/by other publishers. By submitting a work and filling in the entry form, the entrant warrants that they have created the work they are submitting and that they own all rights to it.
What we are looking for:

A previously unpublished, original manuscript written for young readers. Submissions must not be under consideration for publication with another publisher.

You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident – 18 years and older – living in Canada.

Your submission must be written for young readers – ranging in age from Primary to Teenagers (Ages 5 to 18).

We will accept both fiction and nonfiction.
What to send:

You may send your complete manuscript or a sample. If you are sending a sample for a longer work please include an outline and at least 3 chapters.

If submitting a picture book manuscript, illustrations are not necessary.

Please note that we are not looking for stories that rhyme; stories of folklore, legends or mythology; or stories with anthropomorphized animals.
How to submit:

We will accept manuscripts by either mail or email. Submissions must be in English, or provide an English translation. Please include a contest entry form as well as a cover letter telling us about yourself, any relevant work or writing experience, as well as a brief synopsis of the submission.

Second Story Press
20 Maud Street, Suite 401
Toronto, ON, M5V 2M5, Canada


If sending by mail, please include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) so that we are able to return your manuscript and/or send you a reply. Don’t forget to keep a copy of your manuscript! Although we make every effort to keep it safe and sound, we cannot assume responsibility for your manuscript.
Entry form:

All submissions must be accompanied by an entry form. Click here to download entry form.

You can also view or download the entry form as a PDF here. To download the form as a PDF you will need Adobe PDF Reader. If you don’t have this program you can download it here for free:

If you can’t download the form and would like one mailed to you, email us at


The winner will be offered a publishing contract with Second Story Press.


Manuscripts must be emailed or postmarked by March 31, 2015.

The winner of the contest will be announced in April 2015.

*After the contest deadline we still encourage Aboriginal writers to submit their works via our regular submissions process (including adult fiction and non-fiction). See our Submissions page.


Email us:

By submitting your work and filling in the entry form, you warrant that you have created the work you are submitting and that you own all rights to it.

For Detailed Contest Rules & Regulations Click Here.

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