How to Submit

To enter the Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence, simply follow the link below. All submissions must be written in 11 or 12 point font. The documents must be .doc, .docx, or .odt files and must not have identifying information on them to ensure a blind process reading process (remove your name, address, and contact information from the document itself). For short story submissions, please include a word count. No works over 7,500 words or under 1,000 will be accepted or read. Each submission to the poetry prize can include up to 4 poems, or up to 4 pages (whichever comes first). We welcome multiple entries in either genre.

All submissions must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee, which can be paid through Submittable.

1st Prize (Fiction & Poetry): $1,000

Runner-Up (Fiction & Poetry): $200

In addition to the prize, both 1st prize winners and runners-up will be published in the fall issue. Winners will be announced online after the fall issue is released.

Entries must be previously unpublished, original work.

Thank you for entering the Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence, and good luck!


Information for Patreon Supporters

If you support us on Patreon at the Submitter Tier ($10/month), you can enter for free. Email us at puritanmagazineeditors [at] with your submission(s) and let us know. Alternatively, you can donate 1 entry in Poetry and 1 entry in Fiction to someone else. If that’s the case, email us or let us know through Patreon who would like to donate your free entry to. They can then submit by emailing us at puritanmagazineeditors [at]

2021 Judges

The judges for 2021’s prize are FRANCESCA EKWUYASI  (for the short story prize) and JORDAN ABEL (for the poetry prize).

francesca ekwuyasi is a writer and multidisciplinary artist from Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness, and belonging.

francesca’s debut novel, Butter Honey Pig Bread, was longlisted for the 2020 Giller Prize and was a finalist for CBC’s 2021 Canada Reads, the 2021 Lambda Literary Award, the 2021 Governor General’s Award, the 2021 ReLit Award, and the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Find her writing in Winter Tangerine Review, Brittle Paper, Transition Magazine, The Malahat Review, Visual Art News, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, GUTS magazine, The Puritan, Canadian Art, and elsewhere. Her story Ọrun is Heaven was longlisted for the 2019 Journey Prize.

Supported through the National Film Board’s (NFB) Film Maker’s Assistance Program (FAP) and the Fabienne Colas Foundation, francesca’s short documentary Black + Belonging has screened in festivals Halifax, Toronto, and Montreal.

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from Vancouver. He is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize). Abel’s latest project NISHGA (forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart in 2021) is a deeply personal and autobiographical book that attempts to address the complications of contemporary Indigenous existence and the often invisible intergenerational impact of residential schools. Abel’s work has recently been anthologized in The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayward), The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry (Anstruther), Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene (Wesleyan), and The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (ARP). Abel’s work has been published in numerous journals and magazines—including Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, and Poetry Is Dead—and his visual poetry has been included in exhibitions at the Polygon Gallery, UNITT/PITT Gallery, and the Oslo Pilot Project Room in Oslo, Norway. Abel recently completed a PhD at Simon Fraser University, and is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta where he teaches Indigenous Literatures and Creative Writing.