The Journey Prize

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


  • The $10,000 Writers’ Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is awarded annually to an emerging Canadian writer of distinction for a short story or excerpt from a fiction work-in-progress first published by a Canadian publication (print or online) during the previous calendar year.
  • In recognition of the vital role literary print and online magazines play in discovering new writers, McClelland & Stewart makes its own award of $2,000 to the publication that originally published and submitted the winning entry.



  • Each year, an independent jury appointed by McClelland & Stewart in conjunction with The Writers’ Trust of Canada will be responsible for reading all the eligible stories submitted to The Journey Prize.
  • The jury will select approximately 9-13 stories for inclusion in The Journey Prize Stories, published annually in the fall by McClelland & Stewart. From the stories selected for the anthology, the jury will then select a shortlist of three stories and a winner.



  1. Submissions to The Journey Prize must come from eligible Canadian literary print and online-only publications. The Journey Prize reserves the right to decide whether a print or online-only publication qualifies for entry. Publications that have never before submitted to the Journey Prize should write to to confirm their eligibility prior to submitting. 
  2. Entries submitted directly by authors will not be accepted.
  3. Only writers who are Canadian citizens, whether living in Canada or abroad, or permanent residents of Canada are eligible. 
  4. The Journey Prize and the Journey Prize anthology are designed to support new and developing Canadian writers during the early stages of their career. The Journey Prize reserves the right to decide whether a submitted writer qualifies for entry based on this mandate. In the event that a writer is disqualified on this basis, the submitting publication will be given the opportunity to submit a replacement entry.
  5. NEW: Writers who have published more than TWO books of fiction, or who have won national awards for their fiction, or whose fiction has already received substantial attention are not eligible for consideration. Editors are encouraged to confirm their authors' publication history prior to submission.
  6. Writers may have appeared in earlier volumes of The Journey Prize anthology but cannot have won The Journey Prize before. Previous winners are listed here.
  7. Entries by writers who are currently on the masthead of the submitting publication are not eligible.
  8. Entries must have been published by the submitting publication during the 2015 calendar year. In the event that a publication’s last issue of the year is unavoidably delayed, stories published in that issue will remain eligible as long as the issue carries a 2015 copyright.
  9. Entries must not have been published in book form at the time of submission to The Journey Prize (i.e. January 2016). This includes, but is not limited to, an appearance in the author’s own book of fiction if the book is published before January 2016. Editors are strongly encouraged to confirm this with their authors prior to submission.
  10. In consideration of the possible ambiguity around the meaning of the phrase “nominated for the Journey Prize” -- with that phrase being used both by writers whose stories have been selected by the judges to appear in the Journey Prize anthology and, on occasion, by writers whose stories were submitted to the prize but not selected for the anthology -- we would request that editors, in their correspondence with the writers they are putting forward for the prize, clarify that these writers should refer to themselves only as having been “nominated by X magazine for the Journey Prize” or as  “X magazine’s nominee for the Journey Prize” unless they hear further from the Journey Prize. 



  1. The deadline for receipt of submissions is January 18, 2016.
  2. Each eligible publication may submit up to three (3) short stories or excerpts from fiction works-in-progress by emerging Canadian writers first published during the previous calendar year. Please upload each submission separately. (If you don’t have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to register for a free account.) 
  3. There is no entry fee. There are no word length restrictions. 
  4. Each submission must be accompanied by a completed Entry Form (click "submit" below to bring up the Entry Form). 
  5. IMPORTANT: To ensure blind judging, please delete or redact all identifying info, including author's name, publication title, and any other identifying details (e.g., running heads/tails, ads, etc.) from every page of the story before uploading.
  6. Each submission should include a biographical note for the author.
  7. PRINT PUBLICATIONS: Each submission should include an upload of 1) the table of contents and 2) the copyright page from the issue in which the story appeared
  8. ONLINE PUBLICATIONS: Each submission should include an upload of a screen shot of the story as it appeared online.
  9. Editors are encouraged to ask their authors to keep The Journey Prize apprised of any changes of address through to June 2016. 
  10. Editors who prefer to submit hard copies to the prize should download the offline submission instructions here or from   



  11. Those authors whose stories have been selected to appear in the forthcoming Journey Prize Stories 28 will be contacted in May 2016.
  12. The complete list of contributors to The Journey Prize Stories 28 will be announced ahead of the anthology's publication at
  13. A shortlist of three stories and the winner of the 2016 Journey Prize will be announced by The Writers’ Trust of Canada in the fall of 2016.


    All inquiries should be directed to:

    The Journey Prize
    c/o McClelland & Stewart
    320 Front Street West, Suite 1400
    Toronto, ON M5V 3B6
    Tel: (647) 788-3967

    For more information and news about The Journey Prize and The Journey Prize Stories throughout the year, please visit us at

    Thank you for your support of The Journey Prize.