We are proud to present the third annual Fog Lit Emerging Writers Contest for the Greater Saint John area. Fog Lit aims to promote our talented pool of local writers by going beyond the five day festival, and giving everyone an opportunity to share their work.

All winning entries will appear in Fog Lit Journal, Volume 3. Any writer in the area, who has not been traditionally published, is encouraged to enter.

The deadline for submissions is midnight AST February 12th, 2016  






  • Eligibility: Previously published stories are not eligible. Fog Lit defines an emerging writer as someone who does not have a book published (traditionally or e-published). ** All entrants must be residents of Kings County, Saint John County or Charlotte County.
  • Format: Entries must be typed, double spaced on plain white 8’ by 11’ paper, in standard fonts such as Times Roman or Arial, size 11 or 12.
  • This is a blind competition.  Please do not include your name on any of the pages.Please use the entry form as your cover page. Story pages must contain a page number and the title of your story as a header. Poetry entries must not exceed 100 lines.  Short Fiction entries must not exceed 3000 words.  Entries will not be returned.  **Limit of three (3) entries.
  • Prizes: 1st Place =$100; 2nd Place =$50; 3rd Place = $25 plus all winning entries will be published in the Fog Lit Journal.
  • Entry Fee is $15 for Adult Short Fiction and Adult Poetry categories (18 years and older) Entry Fee is free for Youth Short Fiction and Youth Poetry categories (10-17 years old),  as well as the Comic Book Category (8 – 11 years old), and the Adult Literacy category.Payments can be made through PayPal or by cheque payable to Fog Lit Festival Inc.


  • Jennifer Moland

    In the Adult Literacy category, do entries have to be short stories or can they be poems as well?

  • foglitfestival

    Hi Jennifer;
    Thank you for your email. For the Adult Literacy entries, both short fiction or poetry are welcome.
    I hope this answers your question.

  • Darlene

    Can you please confirm the deadline date for the Fog Lit 2013 Emerging Writers Contest? I received an email from the Writer’s Federation stating the deadline is December 1 but here it states it is December 15. Can you please clarify which is correct? Thanks so much.

  • foglitfestival

    Thank you for writing. The deadline has been extended until December 15th. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
    Warm Regards,
    Fog Lit

  • Beth

    Any guidelines for the comic book entries?

  • Laura Stoddard

    Are students ages 8-11 able to work together on a comic book – one writing, the other illustrating?

    Laura Stoddard

  • Ryan Brown

    Will the winners be posted on this site? Will a winner be contacted if they are unable to attend the event Sat Jan 18? Thanks!

  • Sarah

    Is there a contest for young writers? I am a little bit confused, I entered last year, through my school, is there a form I must complete if I am entering it on my own? Also what is the maximum for a short story?

  • Sarah

    Also, do I come read it in front of judges or.?

  • Sarah

    Sorry I just have a lot of questions.

  • misty

    What is the format for the children’s category? Can it be hand written/drawn?

  • foglitfestival

    Hi There!
    Thank you for your message. The children’s category can definitely be handwritten or drawn.
    I hope this helps, but if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
    Fog Lit

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