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Start: July 26, 2022
Tea Gerbeza
Start: July 26, 2022

The Guild Prize

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is excited to announce The Guild Prize: a brand-new writing contest for our members. This contest is open to any current Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild member who may be living in Saskatchewan or elsewhere. The Guild Prize is a biannual contest that runs in the Fall (flash fiction) and Spring (poetry) with a new theme for each round.


The Fall 2022 contest genre will be flash fiction, defined as fiction at or below 500 words. Submissions must be received on the theme of “ancestors.”


The stories we’re interested in for the inaugural Guild Prize reflect on the theme of “ancestors.” This might include reflections on who your ancestors are, inheritance, family histories, languages known or lost, stories passed down, teachings for the next generation, or places that hold memory for us. However you conceive of ancestry is welcome.


The winner of The Guild Prize will receive an award of $250 plus paid publication in the Fall 2022 issue of Freelance (released October 2022).


Deadline for submissions is Tuesday July 26, 2022 at midnight.


Contest Guidelines


This contest is open to current Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild members who may be living in Saskatchewan or elsewhere. You must be a current member (no fees outstanding) before submitting to this prize.


Members may submit up to three flash fiction entries.


The fee for entry is $10 for one entry or $25 for up to three entries.


Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.


Work that has appeared online is considered published and is not eligible.


Entries must be submitted with a completed online application form. Up to three entries may be submitted with the application form.


All entries in this contest will be judged anonymously, on merit alone.


Do not print, type, or write your name on the text pages of your entry.


The judge’s decision is final.


Entries must follow these guidelines:

  • Entries must be in English
  • Use plain text fonts (i.e. Times New Roman, Arial or Courier) in black
  • 12-point font
  • Double-spaced with 1-inch margins
  • Do NOT include your name
  • Must be in Word doc files – we will not accept PDF, Google docs or other formats
  • Mailed, faxed or paper entries will not be accepted  
  • Each flash fiction story must be attached to the application form as an INDIVIDUAL Word file. For example, for three entries, there should be three individual files

Please submit payment online, or call the SWG Office at 306-791-7740 to make alternate payment arrangements.


The winning entry will be published in the Fall 2022 issue of Freelance and will be paid current Freelance rates for their publication. The names and titles of two honourable mentions will be named in the Fall 2022 issue of Freelance.


The name of the judge will be announced when the winner is announced.

General Information

I confirm that:




Entry #1

No bigger than 5MB

Entry #2

No bigger than 5MB

Entry #3

No bigger than 5MB

If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering, please contact the office at 306-791-7740 or email

The Guild Prize Entry Fee