Poetry & Short Story Contest

Thank you to our sponsor University of Manitoba - Department of Icelandic Language and Literature

The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba invites you to submit previously unpublished poetry (three entries per person) and/or a short story (one per person-maximum of 1200 words).
Note: Those that go over word count will not be judged. 

Winning entries will be published in the Lögberg-Heimskringla

Prize entries will be awarded and successful entries will be published in the festival program and/or on the festival website. Prize money is paid in CAD funds and winners must be able to accept a Canadian cheque. 



  • 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 Short Story Guidelines 

  • 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 2024 theme, "Celebrating a Century of Fjallkona.
  • 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.
  • Entries that exceed the maximum word count will not be judged. 
  • No entry fee.
  • Names will be masked for judging.
  • Winners must be able to accept a Canadian cheque in CAD funds. 

Please send your material by June 7th, 2024 with your complete contact information to writingcontest@icelandicfestival.com Entries will not be returned. 

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Congrats to the 2023 Winners

Open Poetry Winner
"Ain’t no Bus to Geysir" Guðbjartur Patrick

Open Prose Winner
"The Ice of Io" Daniel MacGregor

Junior Poetry Winner
"Edge of the Water" Aliah Jones

Junior Prose Winner
"The Walk to Warbay" Aliah Jones

Intermediate Prose 
"Wool Coat" Jocelyn Doan

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