The 2024 Riddle Fence contests open April 1, 2024 (no fooling!)

Categories: Fiction, Poetry, & Visual Art



ENTRY FEE: Canada $25, US $35 & International $55. All fees are in Canadian dollars and include a one-year subscription to Riddle Fence.

Free entry! for BIPOC contest submissions. Just self-identify upon entry.

Judging for the contest is blind. Do not identify yourself on your actual submission.


One short-fiction submission is one story, maximum 5000 words.

One poetry submission is up to 3 poems; no more than 100 lines per poem.

One visual art submission is one piece of artwork. For visual art submissions, please also include any necessary information about the work in a separate file (medium, materials, etc.)

General contest rules: An entry consists of one submission in one genre. Multiple entries are allowed; however, each entry must be accompanied by its own entry fee.

Please note: Entries must be original and unpublished elsewhere. No simultaneous submissions and no previously published (or accepted for publication) submissions. Work that is written, co-written, created, or assisted by AI is not eligible.

Judging for the contest is blind. Do not identify yourself on your actual submission. Please note that any submissions that include name identification will be disqualified, and fees will not be refunded.

Every paid entry fee gets a free subscription. Want to give your contest subscription as a gift to someone? No problem — please indicate the intended address on your form.

Contest winners and honourable mentions will be contacted directly by email. Other entrants are not directly contacted about the results.

Ready to enter? Submit your work here.