Battle Tales: A Mostly True Story


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Dearest wordsmiths of our proud and plucky isle,

We here at the PEI Writers’ Guild would really like to get to know you better. We want to hear about your hopes, your dreams, your favourite colour, or whether you prefer pie to cake. But instead of spending the next eighty Sunday afternoons dropping in on each of you for tea, we thought we might get familiar by running a little contest.

Sun Tzu once said, “If you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles.” Even though our last battle wasn’t exactly perilous, we thought we’d heed Tzu’s advice and announce our new contest, Battle Tales: A Mostly True Story. It’s a week where we rip down memory lane with the music up and the top down and hammer out the best creative nonfiction this island can produce.

Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll issue a writing prompt at 12:01 am on Sunday, October 23 on Facebook, Twitter, and on our website,
  • The prompt will detail a set of questions your short story must answer. We might ask about your favourite high school class, or about that ill-fated trip you took to Belize in your twenties. Maybe we’ll ask about your first crush, or how you untangled your dental retainers when a teacher caught the two of you making out in the locker room. Whatever those questions are, they must be answered by your story.
  • Then it’s off to the creative nonfiction races. Your wonderful and exciting stories can be submitted via email to: [email protected] with the subject BATTLE TALES 2.
  • We’re looking for nonfiction, but don’t forget to be creative, and don’t be afraid to embellish. What’s more, be sure to change the names of the people in your story. We don’t want to give the judge any hints who you are.
  • Anything received by 11:59 pm on Saturday, October 29 will be accepted.
  • We’re looking for new stories under 2500 words, written by residents of PEI.

You don’t have to be a member of the PEI Writers’ Guild to enter, but we sure would love to have you.

When the time’s up, we’ll place everything in a top-secret briefcase and handcuff it to our island-proud judge Patti Larsen. Please refrain from putting your name on your story. Only include it in the body of your email, along with any relevant contact information in case we need to reach you. All judging is blind.

cargolit_logo-round-cornersWondering what’s in it for you? Why, literary celebrity and personal fulfillment of course! The winner of the contest will receive our highly-coveted Battle Tales: A Mostly True Story trophy, a year’s free membership with the PEIWG, featured in our newsletter, and will be published on the Cargo Literary Magazine blog!

The winner will be announced during the PEI Writers’ Guild Autumn Writing Social on November 26 at Upstreet Craft Brewing (41 Allen Street in Charlottetown).

Nonfiction not your thing? Fret not. We’ll have another contest for you soon. Now let’s buckle down, pull up our socks, and put those memory proteins to the test.

We can’t wait to get to know you better.


Contest begins: 12:01 am on Sunday, October 23
Contest ends: 11:59 pm on Saturday, October 29
Max word length: 2500
Submit to: peiwriters[email protected]

Stay tuned for the questions on Facebook, Twitter, and!

Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle-grade and young-adult Island author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn’t it? She’s a storyteller who hears teenager’s voices so loud she has to write them down. She’s dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all-girl band to running her own hair salon.

But always, always, writing books calls her back home. She’s had her sights set on world literary domination for a while now, and a simple search on Barnes and Noble proves she has done just that. With 75 titles for sale, Patti is one of the most prolific writers operating on PEI today.