How it works:

1) Send us 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 "Grizzly Bill" or "Nettie, Rose, Daphne and Ginger."

Visit our 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

Short list: 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 (including name, mailing address, phone number, email, title of entry and a note about how you found out about the contest) and a $20 entry fee to:

Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest
210-111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BCV6B 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. Entries must be postmarked by contest deadline.

Good luck and happy writing!

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