Short Story Festival Submissions


While we have experienced loss in extreme measures over the last couple of years, the truth is that loss is an inevitable part of our human experience. We experience it in so many ways and in so many complex gradients. We experience big losses – the loss of a loved one, a break-up, the end of a job, saying goodbye to a home – and we experience “small” losses – the cancellation of anticipated plans, our favourite café shutting down, or our ice cream slipping from our grip. Whatever it is, we sit with these losses without trying to hide it or fix it.

But we also cannot ignore the fact that the hardship of loss is very often accompanied by moments or journeys of discovery and growth. We invite you to share your reflections and ruminations on our theme of Lost and Found through the power of the short story.

Selected storytellers will have the opportunity to share their story at our storytelling event on December 3, the finale of Humainologie’s inaugural Short Story Festival. Selected storytellers will also receive an honorarium of $250. 

All those who submit an eligible story will receive free access to all festival programming. 


Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be made through the web form below. Stories can be written in any style between 500 to 2,000 words in length in the English language. Stories must be uploaded in Word format (.doc or .docx). 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.

Submission Form

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(Maximum: 10,000 words)
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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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