It is time for the second annual Ampersand Review Essay Contest! The Ampersand Review is seeking innovative and thought-provoking creative non-fiction or a personal essay for this prize. Stay tuned for more information on this year’s guest judge.


Who: Any Canadian writer or writer living in Canada. At this time, we are unable to consider international submissions. Please note that we do not consider or publish work written by current students, staff, and faculty at Sheridan College.

What: Creative non-fiction or personal essay that is 3000 words maximum

When: Submit your essay from May 1st – June 30, 2024, at 11:59pm ET.


  1. Please complete the entry form on our website and pay the entry fee. Submissions that are not accompanied by an entry fee will not be considered.
  2. Once your entry fee has been paid, submit your essay as a Word document and PDF file to Essays should be double-spaced and should include the total word count in the submission. 

Entry Fee: $29.95. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to The Ampersand Review

Prize: The winner will receive $500 and publication in Issue No. 7 of The Ampersand Review. The runner-up will receive $100 and publication in Issue No. 8 of The Ampersand Review