Literary nonfiction contest: What does soccer mean to you?

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Canadian soccer magazine invites you to write a story, 1,500-words or less, about your passion for the Beautiful Game. There is no fee, but it could win you a $150 prize.

Click here to enter, or read about it below.


What does soccer mean to you? What does it mean to Canada? We want to read your stories — and share the cream of the crop with our community of readers.

Great soccer journalism is part reporting, part analysis all bound together by wonderful writing. And we want to celebrate the craft with our first-ever open call for submissions. We want authentic, lively essays about the game in Canada. Your submission can be about playing the game in Canada, supporting the gamein Canada or the struggle of trying to advance the game in Canada. Historical pieces are fine, too. We want to see great creative non-fiction.

E-mail submissions to The winning submission will be published on the site in June and the author will receive an honorarium of $150. And, we’ll make that essay look good. The winning entry will feature illustrations from famed Canadian soccer artist Eugene Abrams (CLICK HERE for more on Eugene). The deadline to enter is noon MT, May 15, 2013.

• We are looking for a story that’s more than a story about soccer. The winning pieces will transcend the sport. Our judging panel will consist of people who follow the game, and those who don’t. A winning essay will engage judges who don’t normally follow soccer — or follow soccer at all.

• The essay must have some link to Canada. No, it doesn’t have to be about a Canadian club or even centre on a Canadian player, but there must be something in it that speaks to a soccer supporter in this country. The writer of the piece DOES NOT have to be Canadian, though.

• There is no entry or reading fee for single submissions. If multiple entries are submitted from the same e-mail address, the second entry and each subsequent entry will each be subject to a $10 CDN reading fee.

• The winning essayist will receive $150. In exchange, The 11 and Teamwork Press receive worldwide right to distribute the work through Basically, we enter into an agreement to buy your work. By entering your story or essay, you agree to the terms of the agreement. [CONTINUE TO CONTEST SITE]

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