2017 Teacher Submission Guidelines


Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards Deadline: January 30th, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce that the 30th Annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards deadline for submissions is 9:00 p.m., January 30th, 2017. The P.E.I. Public Library Service is again collaborating with the Guild to allow awards submissions to be made at all local libraries across P.E.I.

The Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards include the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. There is no entry fee for this category.


Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People

Students may write on the topic of their choice and submit a maximum of two entries in one of four sub-categories:

Early Elementary (Grades 1-3), Late Elementary (Grades 4-6), Junior High (Grades 7-9), and Senior High (Grades 10-12). A maximum of five pages of poetry, or a ten-page short story, will constitute an entry. Longer submissions will not be accepted. There is no entry fee. The following prizes will be awarded in each sub-category: First, $100; Second, $75; and Third, $50.

School Participation Award:

The school with the highest number of student submissions per capita will be recognized with a certificate and prize at the awards ceremony.


Entries must be postmarked or submitted by hand by 9 p.m., Saturday, January 30th, 2017. Those postmarked or delivered later will not be eligible. There are absolutely no exceptions.

Please hand-deliver your entries to any public library branch addressed to Beth Clinton, Confederation Centre Public Library,

or mail to the following address: Island Literary Awards, c/o P.E.I. Writers’ Guild, 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4R3

Number of entries:  For each different manuscript entered, participants must complete a separate entry form. Participants may submit up to two (2) different entries in their specific category. You MUST submit two (2) copies of each entry.


Individuals must have been residents of PEI for at least the six months preceding January 30th, 2017.

The work must be original and unpublished.


Prize-winning work from this or any other competition is not eligible for entry.

Format: EACH different entry must include the following:

(a) The Submission Cover Page entry form, which lists the title of the entry, the category, author’s name(s), FULL address and telephone number, and email. There is a different Submission Cover Page entry form for students. These are available here.

(b) A title page, which lists only the title of the entry and, if desired, an author’s note. The appearance of the author’s name(s) or other identification mark on the entry, other than on the entry form/covering page, shall disqualify the entry. Students – your name(s) must appear only on the entry form or your submission will be disqualified.

You must submit two (2) copies of each entry. Please note that this includes student entries. The two copies are required so that we may retain one copy in a central location for ILA records and give one to the category judges. Please retain a copy for yourself. Entries will be disqualified if two copies are not supplied. With one exception, entries shall be typed, in 12-point font, with reasonable margins, double-spaced (except for poetry), and on one side of the page. The exception is the Creative Writing Awards for Young People category entries for Grades 1- 6, which may be written or printed by hand (double-spaced).

Pages must be numbered, with the title of the work on each page.

All submissions are final: No changes or substitutions are allowed. Entries will not be returned and editorial comments will not be given on the entries.

General: Authors are advised to notify the awards co-ordinator should they change their address and/or telephone number after submitting their writing.

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