Annual Literary Contest

Each summer, Mensa Canada holds an annual literary contest for poetry and short stories. The theme for 2021 is curiosity.

Emotional storms, social floods, healing mist, or a futuristic desert of burning heat. The sky is the limit for your imagination! Play with this idea and make a short story or poetry, and maybe win a prize!

Submissions must be received by June 20, 2021. Winners will be announced in mid-July. There will be prizes of $50 and $30 for the top two contestants in each category. New category for youth entries! $30 for top contestants in <12 and 12-20. And of course glory, a certificate and the prestige of having a published work.

Need inspiration? Check out the winning entries below!

Contest Rules

  1. Competitions are open to 2021 Mensa Canada members in good standing (paid up).
  2. The theme is curiosity.
  3. There is no entry fee. Contestants may submit one entry in each category.
  4. Fiction short story must be 1000 words or less. Poetry must be 30 lines or less (excluding title). Works exceeding this are automatically disqualified.
  5. Entries must be the sole work of the entrant and must be original unpublished work. The author retains copyright of the story/poetry, but will grant Mensa non-exclusive rights to publish in Mensa newsletters and the Mensa website. The contestants agree that the names of winners may be published nationally.
  6. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity and artistic quality. Decision of the panel of judges is final.
  7. Works containing profanity, vulgarity or offensive material will be disqualified. The judge panel will determine if this condition applies.
  8. Winners will be announced at the Annual Gathering on-line July 4, 2021.
  9. Submissions must be in English or French.
  10. Submission date is June 20, 2021. Send submissions electronically to mensacanadaliterarycontest@gmail.com or by mail to 184 Chebucto Dr. Oakville, ON L6J 2P9 (postmarked before June 20, 2021).
  11. By submitting entries for the competition, the entrant accepts all the conditions listed above.
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Winning Entries

Mensa Canada is proud to announce the winners and finalists of the Annual Literary Contest. We hope that you will enjoy reading the winning entries as much as the judges did.