Brenda Strathern Writing Prize

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Brenda Strathern Writing Prize

Calgary Foundation

Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2024

The joy of writing found Brenda Strathern after her fortieth birthday, but it was a love and ambition that she carried with her for the rest of her life. Brenda was a Calgary mother of two and a loving wife. She died in her late forties prior to publishing any of her work. Brenda would be delighted to know that through the support of the Brenda Strathern Writing Prize she is helping writers accomplish their goals.

To learn more about the Brenda Strathern Writing Prize click here. To read about past recipients click here.

One $5,000 prize available. Presented with Wordfest.

Applicant must:

  • At the date of application, have lived in Calgary and area for at least 12 months. Calgary and area includes Calgary, Banff National Park, Canmore, Rocky View County, the Municipal Districts of Big Horn, Foothills, Kananaskis and Wheatland and the surrounding First Nations of Treaty 7 territory.
  • Be at least forty years old.
  • Be an unpublished fiction writer (not having a published novel or short story in a large-scale anthology), previous non-fiction publication is acceptable.
  • Be working on the completion and publication of their first book of fiction.

Submission must:

  • Be one piece of complete fiction or excerpt of a longer piece. Only prose is eligible, no poetry, scripts, or illustrations accepted. Only one submission per applicant.
  • Be no more, no less than 10 – 20 pages typed, 12-point font, double spaced with standard margins, numbered pages, and include the title of the work.
  • Not identify the writer in the manuscript.
  • Not have been accepted by a publisher.
  • Meet all required criteria to be considered for the Prize.
  • Prize recipients may not apply for the Prize again. Unawarded submissions from previous years may be re-submitted.

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