The Cuffer* Prize

* A tale or yarn

Staff ~ The Telegram
Published on April 28, 2014
Cuffer rules

Following are competition rules and how to enter. Please read carefully.

 Agreement: The following rules govern the awarding of The Cuffer Prize — The Telegram’s Short Fiction Award, via a contest (“the contest”). By entering the contest you accept these rules and the decisions of the contest judges.

 Sponsors: The contest is sponsored by The Telegram and Creative Book Publishing, and their parent company, TC Media.

 Eligibility: The contest is open to full-time residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, age 16 and over, by the contest deadline, with the exception of employees of the sponsor companies and their immediate families or anyone living with them, advertising or promotional agencies and judges and their immediate families or anyone living with them. No purchase is necessary.

 Contest: The contest begins Monday, May 5, 2014 at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Rules: There is a limit of two entries per person. Any entries that aren’t in compliance with the rules will be disqualified. Stories must be 1,200 words or less. Stories must be submitted by email only, and attached as Word documents by email to Clearly mark entries as being to The

Cuffer Prize: The Telegram’s Short Fiction Award.

Stories will not be accepted by fax machine, in person or by post. Stories must be written on a computer. Do not submit WordPerfect documents.

Stories must be written in English and be set in Newfoundland and Labrador. They must be original works of fiction that are unpublished up to the time the winners are declared in fall 2014.

The title page of the entry should contain the title of the story and the word count. The author’s name must not appear on the title page. Instead, submit a separate page with the author’s name, the title of the story, the author’s address, phone number, email address, and a 25-50 word biographical sketch.

No changes can be made to entries once they have been received, and manuscripts will not be returned. For this reason, please send copies, not original manuscripts. Pseudonyms are not permitted.

Contestants agree to allow The Telegram to publish — in print and online, or to air on television — their stories, names and biographical information and to be photographed or videotaped for promotional purposes, upon request. Such photographs or video may be published in The Telegram, online or aired on television. They also agree to allow their work to be published by Creative

Book Publishing, if selected for inclusion in an anthology of short fiction arising from the contest.

How to enter: Send your story via email to to The Cuffer Prize — The Telegram’s Short Fiction Award. To be eligible, entries must be received at The Telegram by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Prizes: Three prizes will be awarded. First prize is $2,000. Second prize is $1,000. Third prize is $500. In addition, the top entries will be considered for possible publication in a Creative Book Publishing anthology of short fiction. Participants waive the right to any royalties accruing from this project, since they will be donated to Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador. All prizes must be accepted as awarded.

Judging: Telegram editors will review all submissions and choose the top half of the submissions. A panel of professional writers will judge those submissions blind and select a shortlist of the top 10 submissions, as well as the top three winners. The three winners will be announced at a public reception in autumn 2014. The decision of the judges is final.

Conditions: Prior to receiving the prize, winners may be required to show valid photo ID and proof of residency in Newfoundland and Labrador. The winners may also be asked to sign a release form releasing the sponsors and judges of all liability, confirming compliance with the rules and agreeing to allow his or her name and

photograph or videotaped image to be used for publicity or promotional purposes, without further compensation. Royalties stemming from the publication of any resulting anthology of short fiction, as published by Creative Book Publishing, will be donated to Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador.


Privacy: We will use your personal information to administer the contest and to notify the winners. Our contest will be run in compliance with the privacy policy of The Telegram and its parent company, TC Media. That policy can be viewed online at


Right of refusal: The sponsors reserve the right to refuse entries which they believe are in contravention of the contest rules. The sponsors can also disqualify submissions based on defamatory, profane or otherwise inappropriate content.

The sponsors also reserve the right to cancel the contest at any time without notice. All prizes must be accepted as awarded. The sponsors reserve the right to substitute any prize with a prize of equal or greater value. The odds of winning depend on how many entries are received. Sponsors are not responsible for lost or stolen entries, or any errors, damage or negligence that may arise in connection with this contest, including technical failures, website viruses or downtime, human error or property damage.