Events & Workshops

Event Type
Calls Of Interest

Deadline: January 10, 2023 - 2:00 pm (SK Time)
Tea Gerbeza - Program Assistant
Deadline: January 10, 2023 - 2:00 pm (SK Time)

The Guild Prize – Poetry

The Guild Prize is an exclusive writing contest for our members. This contest is open to any current Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild member living in Saskatchewan or elsewhere. The Guild Prize is a contest that runs twice a year: in the Fall (flash fiction) and Spring (poetry) with a new theme for each round.


The Spring 2023 contest genre will be poetry. Submissions must be received on the theme of “erasure.”


The poems we’re interested in for the Guild Prize in Poetry reflect on the theme of “erasure.” This might include reflections on the act of erasing, something or someone being erased, or the complexities of memory. The theme may also be interpreted in form; for example, erasure or blackout poetry. Any way you conceive of erasure is welcome.


The winner of The Guild Prize will receive an award of $250 plus paid publication in the Spring 2023 issue of Freelance (released May 2023).



Contest Guidelines


This contest is open to current Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild members who may be living in Saskatchewan or elsewhere.


Members may submit up to three poems of a maximum of 100 lines each.


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Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor entered simultaneously in any other contest or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, Calibri, Arial or Courier) in black
  • 12-point font
  • Do NOT include your name
  • Must be in Word doc or PDF files – we will not accept Google docs, or Pages files, or other formats
  • Mailed, faxed or paper entries will not be accepted  
  • Each poem must be attached to the application form as an INDIVIDUAL Word or PDF 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 Spring 2023 issue of Freelance, and will be paid current Freelance rates for their publication. The name and title of an honourable mention will also be named in the Spring 2023 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

Total: $ CAD