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2019 City of Regina Writing Award


The Saskatchewan Writers' Guild is seeking applications of unpublished manuscripts for the 2019 City of Regina Writing Award, funded by the City of Regina.

This competition is an award for literary merit in creative writing; it is open to writers in all genres.

The award is designed to enable one local writer to work on a specific solo writing project for a three-month period. The winner will receive $4,500 plus one week's individual retreat at St. Peter's Abbey.

New this year: Each runner-up will receive a one-week individual retreat at St. Peter's Abbey. The award competition is juried by professional writers from outside Saskatchewan.

You are eligible to apply for this award if you are 19 years and older and if you were a Regina resident as of January 1, 2018.

Applicants may submit one entry to this competition per year.

The recipient of the award must complete the three-month grant period by the end of February 2020.

The decision of the jury will be final. Jurors may choose to not award the prize if they believe no submission merits it.


There is no application form for this program. Instead, send the following material:

  •     a brief cover letter which includes the following information:
    • all your contact information (including mailing address and work and home phone numbers)
    • a statement confirming that you are 19 years or older
    • a statement confirming that you were a resident of Regina as of January 1, 2018
  •     a statement of intent indicating how you propose to use the funds for your writing, if you should win—this is to be separate from the cover letter    
    • a description and brief outline of your writing project (no longer than one page total)
  •     the statement and description should be no longer than two pages total
  •     a sample of your writing
    • this sample must be a portion of the project to be worked on
    • this sample should be ten pages long; do not send extra pages as they will be discarded
    • an outline or synopsis of the project is not considered to be part of your writing sample

Note: the judging for this competition is blind; therefore your name and/or previous work titles cannot appear on the statement of intent, sample of writing, and cannot be referred to on any part of the outline or synopsis—your entry will be returned if your name/previous work does appear or if the guidelines are not followed.

Do not submit literary resumes, letters of support, reviews of previous work, or evaluations; these will be discarded.

Submission Guidelines

To ensure that your application is processed, please follow the submission guidelines below:

  •     all material must be on 8.5 x 11-inch white paper
  •     entries must be typed in black ink
  •     all material must be typed in plain text fonts (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial, Courier) and not in display fonts such as Monotype Corsiva
  •     please keep font size to 11 or 12 point
  •     entries must be single-sided
  •     at least a one inch margin on all sides
  •     avoid hole-punched paper
  •     writing sample
    •  the sample should be double-spaced for prose, single or double-spaced for poetry
    • pages should be numbered sequentially
    • do not send illustrations or photos
  •     to fasten submissions, use paper clips (including fold-back clips)—avoid staples or any other fastener which goes through the paper (including binders and presentation covers)
  •     good-quality photocopies are acceptable

Keep a copy of your submission; material will not be returned.

Applications can be emailed to programs@skwriter.com or be sent by regular mail postmarked January 6, 2019.

If sending by courier, send to the courier address listed below, not the box number.

Mailing Address

City of Regina Writing Award
Saskatchewan Writers' Guild
Box 3986
Regina, SK   S4P 3R9

Courier or Drop-Off Address

City of Regina Writing Award
Saskatchewan Writers' Guild
#100-1150 8th Avenue
Regina, SK   S4R 1C9

For More Information

Tracy Hamon, Program Manager
Saskatchewan Writers' Guild
Phone: (306) 791-7743    Fax: (306) 565-8554
E-mail: programs@skwriter.com

This program is funded by a generous grant from the City of Regina Arts Commission.

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