Geist Literary Contests

Geist Literary Contests

Geist is published four times a year by The Geist Foundation.

Geist is the Canadian magazine of ideas and culture—every issue brings together a sumptuous mix of fact + fiction, photography and comix, poetryessays and reviews, and the weird and wonderful from the world of words.

The Geist tone is intel­li­gent, plain-talking, inclu­sive and off­beat. At the heart of our enter­prise is the imag­i­nary coun­try that some of us inhabit from time to time, and which often has some­thing to do with Canada.

For more information, please visit the official Geist website.

Postcard Story Contest

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.

Ends in March.


Erasure Poetry Contest

Erasure poetry begins with an existing piece of text. Letters, words and punctuation are removed—or erased. What is left behind is a new stand-alone poem, one that both complements and gives new meaning to the Erasure Text.

Ends in September


CanLit Story Contest


1) Generate a CanLit premise at

2) Use the premise as the basis for a story. 500 words or less, any genre.

3) Enter to win literary fame and fortune.

Ends in August.