CONTESTS

PolterGeist Writing Contest

Introducing the PolterGeist Writing Contest!

Deadline: November 13, 2023 at 11:59PM PST.

It’s tricky to translate the word Geist. Its range of meaning includes “spirit,” “wit,” and even “ghost.” Inspired by this etymology, we’re running the first ever PolterGeist Writing Contest. For this contest, we seek fact + fiction and all the stories that dwell in between. We’re looking for stories that give voice to ghostly echoes and make homes in eerie landscapes. Send us your haunted cartographies, your paranormal prose and your uncanny tales, from the strangeness of the everyday to the sublime.

We highly encourage you also read our submission guidelines to help shape the tone, feel and themes of your spooky tale: geist.com/submit

How it works:

Tell us a polterGeist-inspired story in 500 words or less; both fiction and nonfiction approaches are welcome.

For more inspiration, check out some Geist pieces of the past: “Ectoplasmic” by AnnMarie MacKinnon; “The Ghost of James Cawdor” by Bill MacDonald; “Conversation with Victor Frankenstein” by David Milne; “Three Stories About Moving” by Melissa Edwards; “49 Days to the Afterlife” by Jocelyn Kuang.

Prizes:

$500

$250

$150


All winning entries will be published in Geist and on geist.com

Entry Fee: $25

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: Submit your entry online through Submittable

You can also mail your entry, fee and cover letter to us at:

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.

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? Please email geist@geist.com 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 your entry at geist.com. All other rights remain with the author.

All publication rights for non-winning entries are retained by the entrants.

Geist contests are open to all entrants except Geist staff, contract employees, board members and executives of the Geist Foundation.

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