Paint Swatch Writing Contest

Paint Swatch Writing Contest

🕔Feb 22, 2018

Neon celery. American cheese. Camelot. Mardigras gold. Paint swatches are privy to their own special language. It’s this language that will inform your entry to the inaugural Northword writing contest. Here’s how it works:

1. Choose your paint swatch. Circle the name.

2. Write a story—fiction or non-fiction—in 750 words or less that includes a link to the name. The connection can be tenuous or direct, as long as there is a connection.

3. Mail your entry, paint swatch, and entry fee of $5 to Northword HQ (1412 Freeland Ave., Smithers, BC, V0J 2N4) no later than July 1st. Please note that entries will not be returned, so unless you’re ok with never seeing it again, do keep a copy of your story.

Apart from the accolade of your peers, here’s what winning gets you: first prize receives $100 and publication in print and on; second prize gets a bundle of books and online publication. The shortlist will get a little something fun in the mail and be featured on the website. Please make sure to include your name, mailing address, and email with your entry. Good luck!

Please note that by entering this contest, you agree to grant Northword first serial rights for print and non-exclusive electronic rights. All other rights remain with the author, as do all publication rights for those entries not selected. Any questions, email


This sounds like a great contest. Is it possible to submit poetry or are you just looking for short fiction?