Call for Submissions: 2017 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards


Deadline: January 31, 2017, 9:00pm

The 30th annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards gala ceremony will take place in the spring of 2017. Prizes will be given out in five categories.


Submission Guidelines:

Unless otherwise indicated, the entry fee for each submission is $25; cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third prize categories. The ILAs are open to Island residents only (six month resident minimum prior to submission date).

All writing, including self-published work, must be original and unpublished prior to awards ceremony.

Lucy Maud Montgomery* P.E.I. Literature for Children Awards

The manuscript must be a story written for children. One children’s story, maximum length 5,000 words, will constitute an entry. Illustrations may be submitted with the story, but are not necessary.


Milton Acorn Poetry Awards

One entry consists of eight (minimum) to ten pages (maximum) of poetry.

Maritime Electric Short Story Awards

One short story, maximum length 2,500 words, will constitute an entry.

Creative Non-Fiction Awards

This non-fiction category includes humour writing, memoir, biography, essay (including personal essay), travel writing, and feature articles. It involves writing about real events, people, or ideas, conveying a message through the use of literary techniques such as characterization, plot, setting, dialogue, narrative, and personal reflection. In works of creative non-fiction, the writer’s voice and opinion are evident. The work should be accessible to a general reading audience (not written for a specialized or academic audience). Maximum length: 2,500 words.

Marie Coyoteblanc Award

The Marie Coyoteblanc Award for Indigenous Writing acknowledges the contribution made to the PEI literary culture by indigenous writers. Indigenous stories are an important part of our culture and ultimately this category is intended to encourage more Indigenous people to start writing.

The prize is open to PEI residents who are of aboriginal descent, who identify as Aboriginal Islanders, and who are accepted as such by the communities in which they live.

The Prize is designed to recognize literary merit and promote works in all categories including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, writing for children and young adults, plays and scriptwriting.


Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People:

Students may write on the topic of their choice and submit 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. Cash prizes will be awarded in each sub-category of First, Second, and Third.

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.


Deadline for entries:

  • Entries must be postmarked or submitted by hand by 9 p.m., January 31, 2017. Those postmarked or delivered later will not be eligible.
  • Please hand-deliver your entries to any public library branch, addressed to:

Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards
c/o Beth Clinton
Confederation Centre Public Library,

or mail to the following address:

Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards
c/o PEI Writers’ Guild,
81 Prince Street,
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4R3.

Cheques and/or money orders should be included with your entry (NO CASH, PLEASE), and made out to the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild.


Unless otherwise indicated, cash prizes are awarded in the general category are as follows: First, Second, Third.

Number of entries:

Participants (adults and students) may submit a maximum of two (2) entries per category, in one or all categories. A writer may only win one prize per category, and each text may be submitted to only one category.

Entry forms:

For each manuscript entered, participants must complete a separate entry form.


Open to individuals who have been residents of P.E.I. for at least six (6) months preceding January 31, 2017.


Authors who have published a book are not eligible to submit in the genre(s) in which they have been published. A book is defined as having at least forty-eight (48) printed pages with the exception of children’s books, which must contain at least twenty-four (24) printed pages. This includes self-published books.

Previous adult winners of five (5) ILA awards (first, second and/or third place(s)), since the 2012 awards (including the 2012 awards), are no longer eligible to enter the ILAs.

Adult winners who have won first prize in a specific category are not eligible to enter that category in the subsequent year.

The work must be original and unpublished.

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


A $25 entry fee is required for EACH entry, except the Creative Writing Awards for Young People. Payment is by cheque or money order made out to the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild. DO NOT SEND or bring cash. NSF cheques will result in the submission being disqualified and a $25 bank charge. Participants may submit a maximum of two (2) entries per category. EACH entry must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee, except the Creative Writing Awards for Young People category listed above.


EACH 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, telephone number, and email. Please note: there are different submission forms for the adult and student categories. Please include the correct form for the submission. If the Submission Cover Page is not included, the entry will be disqualified.

  1. A title page that 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 covering page or your submission will be disqualified.
  2. Writers 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 either the original or 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 one-inch margins, double-spaced (except for poetry), and on one side of the page
  3. 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).
  4. Pages MUST be numbered, with the title of the work on each page.
  5. Pages MUST be attached by paper clip NO STAPLES
  6. No fax or e-mail entries will be accepted.

All submissions are final. No changes or substitutions are allowed. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Entries will not be returned and editorial comments will not be given on the entries.


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

For more information, contact the Cox & Palmer ILA co-ordinator, at peiliteraryawards @