Humainologie Short Story Festival


A short story can be read in one sitting and is often a compact and potent snapshot of human nature and the human condition. Short stories can be traced back to ancient times from communities all around the world. The Humainologie Short Story Festival aims to promote creativity and the creative process as well as the practice and art of storytelling. 

The festival theme for 2021 is Lost and Found. Loss is an inevitable part of the human experience, especially during unpredictable times. The hardship of loss is very often accompanied by the opportunity for growth and discovery. As part of this theme, we encourage the exploration of all kinds of loss and their connection to moments or  journeys of growth and/or discovery.

Rules and Eligibility

All submissions must be made through the web form below. Stories can be written in any style between 250 to 7,000 words in length in English language. Stories may or may not adopt the festival theme. Stories can be uploaded in Word or PDF format. Submissions must include a 50-200 word biography about the writer as well as a JPG or PNG headshot. No email submissions will be accepted. If you require assistance submitting your application via the web form, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Storytellers of all levels may apply. We encourage storytellers from Indigenous, racialized and queer communities, as well as people of nonconforming gender and of all abilities to submit stories.

The deadline for submissions is October 6, 2021.

Although the festival is non-competitive, some stories will be selected for a community reading in December and may be published in an online and/or physical publication.

Please contact us via email with any enquiries.

Submission Form

(All fields required*)

(Maximum: 10,000 words)
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PDF and WORD format only (maximum: 5MB)
Tell us a little about yourself (50 - 250 words)
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File must be between 500kb and 5MB (JPG or PNG format only)

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