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2nd Anniversary Contest

Has it been 2 years already?! To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the DarkWinter Literary Magazine launch, we’re hosting a writing contest! Submit your poetry (1 poem per entry, max. 500 words) or short fiction (1 story per entry, max. 2000 words) by March 31st. Winners will be chosen by our judging panel and will be announced on May 1st, 2024. There is no entry fee. The shortlist will be published and the first place entries will receive a cash prize of $50. Please see our regular submissions guidelines to find out what kinds of things excite us, and include the words “2nd Anniversary Contest” in the subject line of your email submission. We can’t wait to read your work! Send it to

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Poetry Judge: Kim Fahner

Kim Fahner lives and writes in Sudbury, Ontario. Her most recent books of poetry are Emptying the Ocean (Frontenac House, 2022) and Fault Lines and Shatter Cones (Emergency Flash Mob Press, 2023). Kim is the First Vice-Chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada (2023-25), a member of the League of Canadian Poets. and a supporting member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Her first novel, The Donoghue Girl, will be published in Fall 2024 by Latitude 46 Publishing. Kim's website is

Short Fiction Judge: Rod Carley

Rod is the award-winning author of four works of literary fiction: RUFF (coming September 2024), GRIN REAPING (long listed for the 2023 Leacock Medal for Humour, 2022 Bronze Winner for Humour from Foreword Review INDIES, a Finalist for the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Humor/Comedy, and long listed for the ReLit Group Awards for Best Short Fiction of 2023); KINMOUNT (long listed for the 2021 Leacock Medal for Humour and Winner of the 2021 Silver Medal for Best Regional Fiction from the Independent Publishers Book Awards); A Matter of Will (Finalist for the 2018 Northern Lit Award for Fiction). All with Latitude 46 Publishing.

His short stories and creative non-fiction have appeared in a variety of Canadian literary magazines including Broadview, Cloud Lake Literary, Blank Spaces, Exile, HighGrader, and the anthology 150 Years Up North and More. He was a finalist for the 2021 Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Prize.


Rod is a popular author and moderator with literary festivals and book clubs. Recent credits include the Wordstock Sudbury, 1000 Islands Writers Festival, Jabbawong Storytelling Festival, Burlington Literary Festival, and The Literary Press Group of Canada. He has facilitated a variety of writers’ workshops for festivals and webinars for the Writers’ Union of Canada.

He is a proud alumnus of the Humber School for Writers.

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