Recognizing Excellence in Writing
For Hamilton-area writers presented in partnership by Bryan Prince Bookseller, the Hamilton Public Library, and Hamilton Arts & Letters magazine.
Please read the guidelines carefully as a number of things have changed since last year.
Writers will be notified of the results by email before the Awards Ceremony. Readings by the Winners will take place at the Awards Ceremony November 12, 2017.
Venue: Central Library, 55 York Blvd. Start time 1:30pm
- Writers currently living in areas serviced by the Hamilton Public Library, excluding out-of-town borrowers
- 2016 SWP Winners in any category should skip a year before submitting again.
Submissions open May 10, 2017, and close September 29, 2017.
- Enter Online
- If you do not have computer access, drop your submission off to any of the Hamilton Public Library branches or at Bryan Prince Bookseller with the envelope clearly marked Short Works Prize / Attention Nancy McPhee.
- Cost to enter: $0
- Entries will not be returned.
- Blind Judging: your name must not appear on the work we give to the jurors. Please do not include your name on the writing you submit. Your name should only appear on the submission form.
- Plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.
Professionally Published Authors may submit in 2 of the 3 categories: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction
- Published authors should not submit to Off-the-Radar
Off-the-Radar and Young Writers please submit:
- One poem OR
- One piece of Fiction OR
- One piece of Literary Non-Fiction
The fourth annual Short Works Prize will be awarded in six categories:
Published Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction -- For published works: your poem, short story, or short essay must have appeared in a magazine, journal, or as part of a multi-authored book in 2016. Published authors may submit to two categories; one piece only per category. Anyone who won a cash prize in 2016 should not enter in any category in 2017.
Off-the-Radar for Unpublished Writers over the age of 20 -- If you have never been published, you may submit one poem or one short story or one piece of Creative Non-Fiction. Anyone who won a cash prize in 2016 should not enter in any category in 2017.
The Rotary Club of Hamilton AM Young Writers Prizes for Unpublished Writers 16 - 20 years old -- if you have never been published you may submit one poem or one short story or one piece of Creative Non-Fiction. Anyone who won a cash prize in 2016 should not enter in any category in 2017.
The Gillett Reminiscence Prizes are awarded to Memoir Writing Workshop participants. Submissions are made to the Workshop Facilitator.
The Short Works Prize is an open ethical community initiative recognizing excellence in writing. All submissions are reviewed by jurors who are responsible for identifying the top three entries in a given category (one juror per category). SWP uses blind judging. All jurors are professional writers and their decisions must be based on merit. A Charge is made to the jurors explaining their obligation to act ethically in their duties.
Jurors for Published Categories: Juror names are not shared publicly until after participants have been notified of the results. In most cases, jurors are invited from the pool of past SWP Award recipients.
Juror for Off-The-Radar Unpublished Categories: The juror for Off-The-Radar is a professional writer and editor.
Juror for the Youth Category: Entries are reviewed and selected by Hamilton Arts & Letters magazine (a co-founder of SWP).
Older Adults Memoir Writing Category: This category is only open to Memoir Writing Workshop participants. Workshop Instructor(s) act as jurors.