True Stories Contest
Presented by Cedar Farmers Market
True Stories Contest
UPDATE: That’s a wrap!
Read the contest winners.
Welcome to the inaugural 2021 True Stories Contest from the Cedar Farmers Market!
We are offering $850 in cash prizes to local aspiring writers.
This all-ages creative writing contest is open to all residents of Ladysmith, the City of Nanaimo, and the Regional District of Nanaimo. Submissions must be true non-fiction stories that fall within the themes of the farmers market, such as: Grow, Make, Eat, Build, Forage, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship.
Artwork by Lindsay Ford of Bread and Clutter books.
The True Stories Contest shortlist of submissions will be judged by well-known local literary figures: New York Times bestselling author, Chevy Stevens; author and illustrator, Lindsay Ford; Take5 magazine’s publisher and editor, Marina Sacht; and BC bestselling author, Hayley Healey.
Contest Open: October 7th, 2021
Contest Closed: November 30th, 2021 11:59 PM PST
Submissions must be 1,000 – 2000 words, original and unpublished non-fiction, and written by the submitter.
Participants retain rights to their submissions.
Participants grant us (Cedar Farmers Market) allowance to share their short stories for publication and publicity, including online, on our website, and on our various social media platforms.
Entry Fee: None
Submissions per person per year: 1
● To engage the local population, students and adults alike, in writing and in the creative arts.
● To create an online event that is accessible to all local residents, regardless of health barriers and regardless of the varying COVID-related restrictions on events.
● To encourage local residents to think about the goals and topics that are the driving principles of the farmers market, such as sustainability, farming & growing food, arts &
culture, skill-building, entrepreneurship, etc.
● To promote local literacy.
● To promote local aspiring writers; to convert aspiring writers to ‘published writers’.
● To inspire and engage youth.
Writing Topics & Prompts
Submissions must be true non-fiction stories that fall within the themes of the farmers market, such as: Grow, Make, Eat, Build, Forage, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship.
Check out our ‘Topics & Prompts’ here.