The 33rd Island Literary Awards – Teacher Submission Guidelines

To All Prince Edward Island School Teachers

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce that the 33rd annual Island Literary Awards deadline for submissions is 9:00 pm, February 28th, 2020. The PEI Public Library Service is again collaborating with the PEI Writers’ Guild to allow awards submissions to be made at all local libraries across PEI.

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

Details About Categories Specifically For Young People

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)
  • 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
  • Third, $50.

School Participation Award

The school with the highest number of student submissions will be recognized with a certificate at the awards ceremony and receive a special gift.

General Rules For Students

Entries must be submitted online, postmarked, or submitted by hand by 9:00 pm, Friday, February 28th, 2020. Those postmarked or delivered later will not be eligible. There are absolutely no exceptions.

Submit Online

The online process handles submitting entries to the Island Literary Awards.


Submit By Mail

Entries may be mailed to the following address:

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

Submit to a Public Library

Entries may be hand-delivered to any public library branch. Please ensure your entries are addressed to:

Island Literary Awards
Confederation Centre Public Library

When submitting by mail or at a public library: For each different submission 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 February 28th, 2020.

The work must be original and unpublished.


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

Format for Submitting Entries Online

EACH of the entries must include the following:

  1. A title page that lists only the title of the entry and, if desired, a note about the entry.
  2. The student’s name(s) must not appear on your submission. The submission will be disqualified if any identifying information is included in the work. All relevant information for the entry will be collected separately, as part of the online submission process.
  3.  Please retain either the original or a copy.
  4. Pages must be numbered, with the title of the work on each page.

Format for Submitting Entries by Mail or to a Public Library

EACH entry must include the following:

  1. The submission 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 form for students. These are available here.
  2. 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 submission form, shall disqualify the entry. Students – your name(s) must appear only on the submission form or will be disqualified.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.


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

We’d love to hear from you. Find us on Facebook or contact the Island Literary Awards coordinator at – peiliteraryawards @ gmail (dot) com.