1. There is no minimum word count, however, stories should be no more than 2,000 words.
  2. Stories should be on positive topics centred around our Canada and COVID-19.
  3. There is no limit to how many stories a person can contribute. However, there is an administration fee of $4.95 for each story. 
  4. Author should only submit original work and must own the copyright.
  5. Author should be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  6. By submitting a story, the author authorizes Wintertickle Press to read the story, publish the story and make edits to the story to meet style and tone of the book Not Cancelled.
  7. By submitting a story, you grant Wintertickle Press worldwide first serial rights to publish the story in the anthology and to use for publication and marketing in both physical and online platforms without monetary expectation (other than winners of the contest). The author of each story maintains the copyright and may run or sell the story in other publications one week after the anthology is released. * Exception: if author has already published story on a personal blog, it is acceptable to submit the story for consideration.
  8. Wintertickle Press is not responsible for lost or misplaced stories, files or any material and has sole discretionary rights regarding the judging of the essays and is not obligated to justify decisions to submitters. All submissions for consideration must be received by April April 10, 2020, 11.59 PM EST.
  9. Authors of essays chosen for inclusion in the anthology give Wintertickle Press permission to use a short bio and picture in the book.

Not Cancelled is an upcoming anthology featuring uplifting Canadian stories around the COVID-19 response

Wintertickle Press, an independent Canadian nonfiction publisher in Barrie, Ontario, is developing a nonfiction anthology titled Not Cancelled. We are currently running a contest to collect approximately 40 creative essays about hope, resiliency, and love during our nation's response to the current COVID-19 situation.

Prizes will include:

1st Prize - $100 plus publication in anthology

2nd Prize - $50 plus publication in anthology

3rd Prize - $25 plus publication in anthology

*Other stories that meet our vision will also be offered an opportunity to be included in the anthology. Authors of all essays that are accepted will be awarded 3 free copies of the book and opportunity to purchase more at wholesale prices.

The book Not Cancelled will be sold through retail outlets such as Indigo/Chapters/Coles, Amazon and independent bookshops in Canada.

What to submit

Stories should centre around events and emotions that are not cancelled, despite the ending of a lot of social gatherings. Some general catagories will be (we may add others once submissions come in, so don't let this list discourage you if you have another idea):

  • resilience
  • humour
  • kindness
  • love
  • education
  • connection
  • compassion
  • ingenuity
  • youth
  • healthcare workers


Here are some general ideas of types of stories that would interest us:

  • Maybe you were training for your first half marathon and it was cancelled, so you ran it anyway on your treadmill.
  • Maybe something really funny happened or you had a really funny conversation with someone.
  • Maybe your daughter wondered what she could do, so your family made greeting cards and mailed them to a long-term care facility.
  • Maybe your business was deeply affected, so you had to use your ingenuity to meet the needs of your clients or start a new business.
  • Maybe you had an answer to your prayers and someone was kind to you when you were in need.
  • Maybe your mental health was failing during social distancing and someone reached out at just the right time.
  • Maybe your city or neighbourhood was worried about the most vulnerable so someone started a caremongering Facebook Page.
  • Maybe you decided to contact that relative with whom you haven't spoken to for 5 years because your priorities shifted.
  • Maybe you had an aha moment that changed your entire perspective.
  • Basically, we are open to anything heartwarming!


General guidelines for essays include:

  1. There is no minimum word count, however, stories should be no more than 2,000 words.
  2. Stories should be on positive topics centred around our Canada and COVID-19.
  3. There is no limit to how many stories a person can contribute. However, there is an administration fee of $4.95 for each story. 
  4. Author should only submit original work and must own the copyright.
  5. Author should be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  6. By submitting a story, the author authorizes Wintertickle Press to read the story, publish the story and make edits to the story to meet style and tone of the book Not Cancelled.
  7. By submitting a story, you grant Wintertickle Press worldwide first serial rights to publish the story in the anthology and to use for publication and marketing in both physical and online platforms without monetary expectation (other than winners of the contest). The author of each story maintains the copyright and may run or sell the story in other publications one week after the anthology is released. * Exception: if author has already published story on a personal blog, it is acceptable to submit the story for consideration.
  8. Wintertickle Press is not responsible for lost or misplaced stories, files or any material and has sole discretionary rights regarding the judging of the essays and is not obligated to justify decisions to submitters. All submissions for consideration must be received by April April 10, 2020, 11.59 PM EST.
  9. Authors of essays chosen for inclusion in the anthology give Wintertickle Press permission to use a short bio and picture in the book.


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