Muskoka Life – Northwords Writing Contest

Entries are now online in the Muskoka Life – Northwords Writing Contest.

There are two dozen entries, and it’s up to you to narrow it down to five.

Click on the Writing Contest category link at left, or click here to see the first page of entries. Don’t forget to view all three pages of entries before you cast your vote.

Voting closes at 5 p.m. on August 3. The top entries will be sent to judge David Layton, who will pick our two prize winners.



Awesome Muskoka.

Share your passion for words and Muskoka and win awesome prizes, including a chance to meet Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome.

The Challenge

Compose a short, short story – 750 words maximum. Your entry must begin with this sentence:
“Sam sank into the Muskoka chair and uttered a deep sigh.”

Where the story goes from there is up to you.

The details

Entries will be accepted until July 16 and will be posted online at Only digital entries will be accepted.
Entries can be sent to:

From July 17 to August 3, readers will be able to vote for their favourites.
The five entries that receive the most votes will be judged by David Layton.

A novelist and memoirist, Layton teaches creative writing at York University and the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and will be leading a workshop at NorthWords festival.

Full contest rules can be found here.

The prizes

Two winners will be announced in the September-October issue of Muskoka Life. There are two great prizes:

Two weekend passes to the NorthWords Literary Festival, September 28-30.
Passes include a chance to meet festival headliner Neil Pasricha, author of the Book of Awesome.

Accommodation for two at Hidden Valley Resort. Luxurious amenities and cottage charm on the shores of spectacular
Peninsula Lake.

Golf for four at Muskoka Bay Club in Gravenhurst. One of Canada’s top golf courses. Prize includes carts and driving range.

2 thoughts on “Muskoka Life – Northwords Writing Contest”

  1. Enjoyed the two stories in the Muskoka Life Magazine this month. However, we must be very careful to watch for plagerism. In the Katie Parkes piece titled Sam she writes, “She loved the lines around his mouth.” This is a line from a Blue Rodeo song, Five Days in May. Tough one to catch but if you are an avid Blue Rodeo fan you would catch it.

    • It is a line from a Blue Rodeo song, but it’s also a line from an Eliza Clark novel.
      Since the novel came first, does that mean Jim Cuddy plagiarized the line? Not likely.

      There’s a difference between plagiarism, unconscious borrowing, and the “infinite number of monkeys writing Shakespeare” chance effect of two writers employing the same 7 words. Unless there’s evidence of the former, I’m inclined to lean toward one of the other explanations.


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