We've made it even easier to enter with this helpful list of FAQ!
Can I enter the contest more than once?
Yes. You may enter the contest as many times as you like. The entry fee is $20 for the first entry, and $5 each for each additional entry. Click here to enter online.
What should I include in my cover letter?
Cover letters should include your name, mailing address, phone number, email, title of entry and a note about how you found out about the contest.
Do I need a cover letter for each additional entry?
Just one cover letter for all entries is fine.
How can I pay the entry fee?
If you are entering the contest through our Online Submission Manager, you can pay online by credit card or by PayPal.
If you are sending your entry by mail, you can pay by cheque or money order. Please do not send cash in the mail.
Why is the entry fee in US dollars?
Submittable, the Online Submission Manager Geist uses for the Postcard Story Contest, is an American company, and requires that fees be paid in USD.
If I send my entry by mail, can I still pay by credit card or PayPal?
Yes. But please contact us before you do. We can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 604-681-9161.
Can I email my entry?
No. If you would like to enter electronically, please use our Online Submission Manager.
If I mail my entry, who do I make a cheque out to?
Cheques can be made out to the Geist Foundation.
Does the word count include the title?
No, the "500 words or less" word count does not include the title of your entry.
For the postcard image, can I use a picture or drawing that I created?
Yes. Please do not submit drawings of trademarked characters or reproductions of someone else’s work, unless you have obtained permission.
Do I need to make an actual postcard, or can I just send the image?
You can just send the image.
Can I get my postcard back after submitting?
Yes. If you would like your postcard returned, please include an SASE and mention in your cover letter that you would like your postcard returned.
When will the winners be announced?
It can take up to six months after the deadline to judge contest entries and select our winners. Non-winners will receive an email from Geist, and a shortlist will be published on geist.com.