What is Battle Tales? 

The PEI Writers' Guild will soon be running its annual writing contest, the beloved BATTLE TALES!  Since 2016, we have been offering  writers this high fun, low stakes contest to celebrate YOU, PEI!  All of the Island writers who are crushing the short fiction scene, working on small or large projects, and writing about everything from intergalactic stories of solicitude to the waiting room antics of your mother's nursing home. And it's embarrassing. And it's encouraging, and sometimes it's even enlightening. Give us your BEST weekend writing, and we'll give you a WHOLE WEEK to write it -- to pound away on your keyboards to create the best darn short fiction this island can produce.

Go ahead, have some fun with it! 

Here's how it works:

  • We'll issue a writing prompt at 12:01 am on Sunday, January 17th, 2021 on Facebook, Twitter, and on our website (  - check the blog!). 

  • The prompt will detail a few items your short story or essay  must include—perhaps a bottle found on the side of the road, or a mysterious note left in your locker. Maybe a curiously-coloured seashell or a pair of shoes dangling from an overhead power line. Whatever it is, it needs to be included in your story.

  • Then it's off to the literary races. Your wonderful and exciting stories via Submittable (see below). 

  • Anything received by 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 24th, 2021 will be accepted.
    We're looking for stories under 2500 words, written by residents of PEI.

  • You don't have to be a member of the Writers' Guild to enter, but we sure would love to have you! Read more about membership here:

Then we'll compile everything into a tidy stack and ship it off to our judge ** Announcing our judge SOON!**  Please refrain from putting your name on the story you submit, as all judging is blind. 

How do I submit to Battle Tales? 

  • All submissions are accepted online via our fave Submission Manager, Submittable! 
  • Be sure to click the Battle Tales VI category when presented with the submissions menu.
  • There is no cost for submission. 


Most of all, what do I win? 

Well obviously, THE PRESTIGE of being the best Battler of Tales on Prince Edward Island. Go ahead, show us that swagger! 
(Then click here for a secret video of what your win sounds like). 

A PEI Writers' Guild MEMBERSHIP for one year! (Go, you!) 

Also, huge congratulations from the Writers' Guild, the judge, and anyone else we can think of. 

About our 2021 Judge: Chuck Bowie 

About Charles “Chuck” Bowie 

Chuck Bowie is the author of five novels in his international suspense-thriller series, Donovan: Thief For Hireall of which have been paperback best-sellers in New Brunswick. Chuck’s work has been featured in Fredericton’s Daily Gleaner, The Telegraph Journal, and Salon Magazine, and he has also been published in Write Magazine and The Globe and Mail

Originally from Miramichi, Chuck has served as Director of the Board of Writers Federation of NB and Fredericton’s Literary Festival, WordFeast. He has recently completed his tenure on the national council of The Writers’ Union of Canada. 

Chuck loves food, wine, music and travel, all of which play a role in his work. Chuck is married, with two sons. He and his wife Lois live in Fredericton, New Brunswick.



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Patti Larsen is an international multiple-award-winning author with a passion for the voices in her head. She writes middle grade and young adult and has a passion for the paranormal. Her YA thriller Run, is a recent recipient of the PEI Book Awards for Fiction. She is also the author of the popular Hayle Coven Novels, beginning with Family Magic. Check her out at

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