Geist's 9th Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest

The deadline for the 9th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest is on the horizon!

What it is:

A postcard story starts not with words, but an image. The image can be from a store, an online resource, your own creativity or received in the mail. Find a postcard that inspires you and inspires a story. A short story.

How it works:

1) Send in a story and a postcard—the relationship can be as strong or as tangential as you like, so long as there is a clear connection between the story and the image.

2) If you’re not sure where to look for a postcard, you can make your own or visit Wikimedia Commons.

3) The story can be fiction or non-fiction; maximum length is 500 words.

For a classic example of a postcard story, read "How to Survive in the Woods" or "Death in the Family."

Visit the Geist postcard story archive for more examples of notable stories.


First Prize: $500

Second Prize: $250

Third Prize: $150

All winning entries will be published in Geist and on

Honourable Mentions: Swell Geist gifts and publication on

Entry Fee: $20

Includes a one-year subscription to Geist, Canada's favourite literary magazine. International entrants will receive the digital edition.

All additional entries are $5.

How to enter:

ONLINEClick here. You will be prompted to upload your story, image and pay your entry fee.

BY MAIL: Send your postcard story, attached to the image with a paper clip (no staples, please), with a cover let­ter, $20 entry fee and note about how you found out about the contest to:

Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest
210-111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 1H4  

Please note that judging is blind, so ensure your name doesn't appear on the story or the postcard.

Entries without an accompanying cover letter or entry fee will not be accepted.

Good luck and happy writing!

NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE: Entries must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2013.

Questions? Check out our Postcard Story Contest FAQ here.

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