Submission Guidelines

The competition is open to all Hart House Members in good standing, (Students at all levels of study, Senior or Joint Plan members), excluding judges and professional writers, i.e. those who have earned more than $1000 for their writing.

The first-place winners of each category will be published in the Hart House Review print journal and all winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) of each category will be published on the Hart House Review website.

All entrants to the Hart House Writing Contest are automatically submitted to the Hart House Review and will thus also be evaluated for publication in the Review by the Review’s editorial board.

All entrants are invited to the Review launch and awards presentation. The contest winners will be announced at the launch and invited to read.

ALL ENTRIES MUST:

  • Be original work, be the property of the author, and not have been previously published.
  • Be submitted through the form on our homepage.
  • The author’s name must appear only on the Entry Form. The author’s submission(s) must not contain any identifying information whatsoever. 
  • Authors may submit UP TO THREE works in total of either poetry (of up to a maximum of 250 lines total) or prose (of up to 3000 words each). 
  • Be submitted as a .DOC or .DOCX file (you may also add a .PDF file, especially if specific layout is essential to your piece.)
  • Prose works must be double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins all around.
  • Poetry works may be single-spaced (no font, size, or margin specifications). ONE poem per page, no matter how small. Longer works may span multiple pages.
  • Submitted by February 1st.

The Hart House Writing Contest — Prose

  • 1st Prize: $150 & publication in the Review as well as on the Review’s website
  • 2nd Prize $100 & publication on the Review’s website
  • 3rd Prize $50 & publication on the Review’s website

The Hart House Writing Contest — Poetry

  • 1st Prize: $150 & publication in the Review as well as the Review’s website
  • 2nd Prize $100 & publication on the Review’s website
  • 3rd Prize $50 & publication on the Review’s website