To help amplify the voices of disabled writers in Canada (including but not limited those who are physically/invisibly disabled, d/Deaf, blind, neurodivergent, chronically ill or suffering from mental health issues) I have created Soul, a monthly literary prize parallel to Spark, dedicated to underrepresented writers in our country.
I invite you to submit the best of your poetry/prose/fiction/creative-non-fiction (whatever you feel best represents you & what you wish to express in whatever written form). If there is a different style of presentation you wish to make with the written word, simply email me your idea and I will respond to you within three days.
Like Spark, there are no themes. There is no minimum or maximum word count. There is no submission fee. I am asking that you send work that has not been previously published in print or online, with the understanding that you will know the status of your application within a month (I encourage you to simultaneously submit your work because I know you would not send it to me unless you believed in it strongly & wished for it to be seen). Don’t limit yourself – I’m okay with it if you are, and I'm okay with a consistent level of communication. If during the process you discover that your work is to be published elsewhere, and you wish to submit another piece for that month, simply write to me immediately, and let me know (You can always submit another piece in the following month). I plan on being as easy to deal with as possible with this endeavor, so I encourage you to say hello.
One submission per month, & you are eligible to win the top prize once every twelve months (if you win one of the 2nd or 3rd place awards, you are welcome to continue to submit work). You are eligible for a maximum of two prizes every twelve months.
No auxiliary materials are required. If you win one of the three awards during the month, I’ll ask for you to send me an up-to-date bio. I ask that you submit your work by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Microsoft Word or PDF attachments would be best, but not imperative). Tell me a little bit about yourself in your email and where I can read more of your work, and that will be more than sufficient.
If you are unable to submit documents in Word or PDF attachments, let me know the best way for you to submit your work. For me, accessibility is the key. Although this is the suggested format, I encourage you to speak with me as to how this award can be more accessible to you during the submission process. This is your award. It does not matter that I am funding the prize - I want you to take responsibility/ownership over it so that when we do transition over to a non-profit, we are all setting the tone for how this prize will evolve.
This is open to writers at any stage of their craft. If you are in the beginning stages of your career or have never been published, do not feel like you are ineligible – you must start somewhere, and I feel this is a good place to start.
$1000.00 for the top prize.
$300.00 for the second prize.
$150.00 for the third prize.
All winning pieces will be published online at http://shootforthemoon.art unless you wish to publish the work on your own platform (in which case, we'd be happy to amplify your site where the winning work will be posted)
Each award winner will have the option of having their work published in a mini-chapbook, to be released six weeks after the prizes are awarded (all proceeds of the chapbook will go to the authors involved)
Submission deadline is the 1st of each month, with the prizes announced/awarded no later than the 15th of each month (if you wish for an alternative method of payment, feel free to let me know). You will be notified of the award before the announcement is made, but I ask that you keep the news confidential until I make the announcement on the website.
The next deadline is March 1st, 2019, with prizes to be awarded no later than March 15th, 2019.
Like Spark, if you do not win a prize, it does not mean I will simply forget about you. Amplifying voices means financial support. If you are working on a project or are submitting a piece from a larger work that requires process funding, I’m open to discussing financial assistance. Submitting your work means you’re on my radar, and I believe in financial encouragement to continue your work. I'm paying for these awards out of my own pocket & I'm very interested in investing in writers.
I encourage input as to how the awards can take shape as the months/years progress. This is your award. I'm open to your ideas and how this can be better. I promise I will listen.
If you have any questions, once again, email me at email@example.com and I will respond as soon as I am able.