The writing contest whose name is almost as long as the entries! Deadline: Closed. Thank you to all who entered.
How it works:
1) Send us a story and a postcard—the relationship can be as strong or as tangential as you like, so long as there is a clear connection between the story and the image.
2) If you’re not sure where to look for a postcard, you can make your own or visit Wikimedia Commons.
3) The story can be fiction or non-fiction; maximum length is 500 words.
Visit our postcard story archive for more examples of notable stories.
First Prize: $500 Second Prize: $250 Third Prize: $150
All winning entries will be published in Geist and on geist.com
Short list: Swell Geist gifts and publication on geist.com
Entry Fee: $20
Includes a one-year subscription to Geist, Canada's favourite literary magazine. International entrants will receive the digital edition.
All additional entries are $5.
How to enter: ENTRY FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL POSTCARD STORY CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED.
ONLINE: You will be prompted to upload your story, image and pay your entry fee.
BY MAIL: Send your postcard story, attached to the image with a paper clip (no staples, please), with a cover letter (including name, mailing address, phone number, email, title of entry and a note about how you found out about the contest) and a $20 entry fee to:
Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest 210-111 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4
Please note that judging is blind, so ensure your name doesn't appear on the story or the postcard.
Entries without an accompanying cover letter or entry fee will not be accepted. Entries must be postmarked by contest deadline.
Good luck and happy writing!
Questions? Check out our Postcard Story Contest FAQ here.
Still unsure? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-681-9161 with your queries.
THE FINE PRINT
Winning entries: Geist takes first serial rights for print and non-exclusive electronic rights to post the text and image at geist.com. All other rights remain with the author.
All publication rights for non-winning entries are retained by the entrants.
Postcards will be returned only if requested.
Geist contests are open to all entrants except Geist staff, contract employees, board members and executives of the Geist Foundation.