Call for Entries! Elemental Festival Writing Prize!

September 1, 2016

4elements Living Arts has two opportunities for you to participate in this year’s Elemental Festival – besides attending, that is. We’re accepting submissions in two categories for our Elemental Festival Writing Prize: Short Creative non-fiction, and twitter Haiku.

About Elemental Festival and 4e – Sep 30th to Oct 2nd 2016, the second annual Elemental Festival will take place in Kagawong, a village of less than 200 people on Mnidoo Mnising | Manitoulin Island. Presented by 4elements Living Arts (4e), a local interdisciplinary non-profit arts organization, the festival is site-specific and includes multiple forms of contemporary art. At 4e we’re shaking loose outdated mind-sets about where contemporary art can happen.

This year’s curatorial theme is ‘Walking’.  Despite its typically spontaneous, occasionally reflexive, and sometimes somnambulatory nature, walking is a complex action. It can be both physical and performative; a deeply personal and a political act that claims and carves out space emotionally, politically, socially and culturally. We follow routes, sometimes newly created recreational trails, sometimes traditional trading routes or harvesting paths whose origins have been erased through colonial territorialization. Paths aren’t always human-made.

For Elemental Festival, we have invited works that propose to examine a complex range of socio-cultural, and geo-political paths; that consider the legacy of walking.

Short Creative Non-Fiction

DEADLINE: Sept 16th, 5pm


We are inviting writers residing in Canada to submit works of previous unpublished short prose (700 words or less) that engage with this year’s curatorial theme.

All entries will be juried by a panel of local writers. Winning entries will be read at the festival opening on Friday Sep 29th 7:30 pm.

1st prize is $150

2nd prize $75

3rd 4e swag

Entries can be submitted to – please use ‘Elemental Festival Writing Prize 2016’ as the subject line and submit as a .pdf attachment. Entries submitted in the body of the email will not be accepted.


4e Twitter Haiku Contest

DEADLINE: Sept 26th, noon


Follow us on twitter (@4elivingarts). Then set those minds to work, creating your best ‘walking’ Haiku. Tweet @4elivingarts your haiku with the hashtag #4eFestivalHaiku. The winning tweet will be selected from all entries tweeted by noon on September 26th and we’ll read some of our favorite tweets at the Festival Opening on Friday Sept 29th.


First place wins $75**

Runner up gets 4e swag**


What is a haiku? This is a special kind of 3 line poem with a specific structure. The first line must have 5 syllables, second line must have 7 syllables, and the last line must have again 5 syllables.


Start tweeting!


**To be eligible for the prize, you must have a valid mailing address/bank account within Canada.


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4e office | 91 Main Street, Kagawong ON | P0P 1J0