Micheline Simard Short Story Contest

The Micheline Simard Short Story Contest is a tribute to a passionate colleague who created the contest in 2002. She was so passionate, in fact, that she endowed the prize herself. After Micheline left us in 2007, OTTIAQ decided to carry on her initiative by keeping the name of the contest founder and awarding a prize of $150 each year to a winner.

The short stories are submitted to a bilingual five-member jury panel. The odd number of jury members will ensure there will be no tie.

Contest guidelines: 

  1. The short story must be in English or French and no longer than 4,000 words.
  2. The short story must have never been published before.
  3. The short story must have never been submitted to the Micheline Simard Short Story Contest before, regardless whether or not it won.
  4. In order to maintain impartiality, the short story must be sent to the OTTIAQ office; the communications officer shall remove all signs identifying the author prior to forwarding it to the jury members.
  5. Again, to maintain impartiality, the author shall refrain from making statements that would make it possible to identify him or her.
  6. The author must be a member of OTTIAQ, have the status of candidate, Aspirant or Student. The deadline is December 15.

Otherwise, you have a free hand!


Please, submit your text by email.



All Rights Reserved

No part of the short stories or any of their contents may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of the author.


Vol de nuit, by Daniel Laguitton, Certified Translator


Rencontres, by Sylvie Charbonneau, Certified Translator


No winner


Giraffe, by Nouha Homad, trad. a.


Le gîte, by Chantal Litalien, C. Tr.


Une histoire non officielle, by Christine Pouliot, C. Tr.


Comme un écho lointain, by Dominique Côté, C. Tr.


« Blabla : Moineau égaré dans une cheminée – Au secours! », by Anne-Marie Mesa, C. Tr.


L’homme qui déroulait les coquillages, by Didier Féminier, C. Tr.

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