PEI Battle Tales: A Fast-Paced, No-Stakes Short Story Contest

(Psst! Hey! The writing prompt is up. Check it out here.)

Dearest scribes of our fair isle,

We here at the PEI Writers’ Guild are running a new short story contest. A contest to celebrate you, your writing, your good looks and impeccable taste. And we thought, what the heck, let’s have some fun with it.

And what is this contest, you ask? Why, it’s none other than the PEI Battle Tales contest, of course. A week where we hunker down and pound away on our keyboards to create the best darn short fiction this island can produce.

Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll issue a writing prompt at 12:01 am on Sunday, January 3rd on Facebook, Twitter, and on our website ( Checkout the prompt here!
  • The prompt will detail a few items your short story must include—perhaps a bottle found on the side of the road, or a mysterious note left in your locker. Maybe a curiously-coloured seashell or a pair of shoes dangling from an overhead power line. Whatever it is, it needs to be included in your story.
  • Then it’s off to the literary races. Your wonderful and exciting stories can be submitted via email to: [email protected].
  • Anything received by 11:59 pm on Saturday, January 9th will be accepted.
    We’re looking for stories under 2500 words, written by residents of PEI.
  • You don’t have to be a member of the Writers’ Guild to enter (but we sure would love to have you).

Then we’ll compile everything into a tidy stack and ship it off to our Island-proud judge, Steven Mayoff. Please refrain from putting your name on the story you submit. 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. (Well, Steven isn’t blind—at least we don’t think so.)

We bet you’re wondering what’s in it for you. The short answer is: fame and spiritual fortune! The winner of the contest will receive our highly-coveted PEI Battle Tales trophy, a year’s free membership with the PEIWG, be featured online and in The Squall newsletter, and be the reason we all look green with envy during the coldest months of winter.

The winner will be announced during the PEI Writers’ Guild Winter Writing Social at 7pm on February 13th at the Upstreet Craft Brewery on Alan Street in Charlottetown.

Oh—what’s that? You don’t write fiction? Well, not to worry. We’ll have a contest for you soon, too. Now, let’s all make a great big New Year’s resolution to write more in 2016.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll create.


Contest begins: 12:01 am on Sunday, January 3, 2016
Contest ends: 11:59 pm on Saturday, January 9, 2016
Max word length: 2500
Submit to: [email protected]

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

And last but never least, a few words about our esteemed, battle-hungry judge:

Steven Mayoff was born and raised in Montreal, lived in Toronto for 17 years and has been writing full time in the bucolic splendour of western Prince Edward Island since 2001. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada and the U.S., as well as in Ireland, France and Algeria.

His story collection, Fatted Calf Blues, won a 2010 PEI Book Award, was short-listed for a 2010 Re-Lit Award and was a Top 5 Finalist for the 2011 CBC Cross-Country Bookshelf (Maritime division). It was praised in the Globe & Mail as showing “a strong imagination at work.”

He has collaborated on short radio plays for CBC and on a stage play, Bully, which was produced at the Theatre Centre in Toronto in 2001. He received a nomination for a Dora Mavor Moore Award as lyricist for the musical, SwingStep, which was staged at the Ford Centre in North York in 1999.

As a librettist he has written a rock musical, Dorian, with composer Ted Dykstra and a short chamber opera, Milk Bar, with composer Jim O’Leary, which was performed as a student production at Mount Allison University in 2014. He is currently working on a full-length opera, Sikutopia, with Greenlandic composer, Arnannguaq Gerstrøm.

He is also completing a poetry collection, Red Planet Postcards, to be published in 2016. Our Lady Of Steerage is his first novel. His web site is