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Next Emerging Writer Award winner works with Shani Mootoo

Plenitude Magazine invites emerging Canadian queer writers to enter the Emerging Writer Mentorship Award. This winter, the award is for fiction.

Eligible writers have yet to publish their work in book form. One mentorship with an established queer writer will be awarded.

The mentorship will take place from February 15-May 15 (3 months max.). The mentorship includes two rounds of manuscript evaluation of up to three short stories (maximum 12,000 words total), and one phone meeting with mentor.

Shani Mootoo. Photo Graham Davies.

This year’s Mentorship is with Shani Mootoo.

Shani Mootoo is the much-loved author of the novels Cereus Blooms at Night, which was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, which was longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award; and Valmiki’s Daughter, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her most recent novel, Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab,was also longlisted for the Giller. Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. She immigrated to Vancouver more than thirty years ago, and now lives near Toronto.


The deadline for submissions is December 21, 2014. The winner will be announced in February.


Please submit ONE short story of up to 4000 words using Submittable. Submissions will also be considered for publication in the upcoming issue.

After paying the entry fee, you will be directed to Submittable to upload your submission.

Entry fee required

$20—includes two print issues of Plenitude. If you already have a subscription, gift it to a friend! Just let us know their email and shipping address by contacting

Please note: If the name associated with the credit card or paypal account you are using is different from the name on your submission, please indicate this in your cover letter.