Poetry & Short Story Contest

Thank you to our sponsor University of Manitoba Icelandic Department

The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba invites you to submit previously unpublished poetry (three entries per person) and/or a short story (one per person-maximum of 1200 words).

Prize entries will be awarded and successful entries will be published in the festival program and/or on the festival website.

NEW: Winning entries and honorable mentions may also be published in the Icelandic Connection magazine.



  • Junior (12 and under) - 1st Place - $50
  • Intermediate (13-18) - 1st Place - $75
  • Open - 1st Place - $125

Short Story

  • Junior (12 and under) - 1st Place - $50
  • Intermediate (13-18) - 1st Place - $75
  • Open - 1st Place - $125

Poetry and Prose Guidelines [Contest Closed for 2021]

  • You do not need to be of Icelandic descent to submit an entry however material reflecting Icelandic culture and interests will be given preference, as will entries that reflect our 2021 theme, "Icelandic at Heart / Íslenskt Innst Inni".
  • Selected winners will not be eligible for entry to compete for the following 3 years, although a short story winner may compete in poetry or vice versa.
  • Poetry will have a maximum of 3 entries per person.
  • Short Stories; a maximum of 1 per person and a maximum of 1200 words.
  • No Entry Fee.
  • Names will be masked for judging.

Please send your material by June 4th, 2021 with your complete contact information to info@icelandicfestival.com Entries will not be returned.

Poetry & Short Story Contest

2021 Winners

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