Book week 2015 - FREE competition for young writers

From the Canadian Children’s Book Centre website

Book Week 2015 Writing Contest

Do you love to write? Are you in Grade 4 to 12? If so, enter the Book Week 2015 Writing Contest!

Young writers from across Canada, in grades 4 to 12, are invited to submit their stories and/or poems (fiction or non-fiction) to the Book Week 2015 Writing Contest for Kids & Teens. Judging is done by noted writers from across Canada and one winner from each grade will receive a $250 gift certificate for the bookstore of his or her choice. Two honourable mentions from each grade category will also receive $50 gift certificates. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015.

Winning entries will be posted here on the Book Week website on May 6, 2015 during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2015.

CONTEST DETAILS

  • Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2015. They do not have to be received by this date.
  • Entrants must be in Grades 4 to 12 at the time of the contest deadline.
  • Entries must be written in English and must not exceed 1,500 words.
  • All entries must be original content.
  • Two entries per person are allowed and can be mailed together in one envelope.
  • All entries must include a fully complete ENTRY FORM.*
  • Please staple one entry form to each story/poem being submitted; do not use paperclips, binder clips, folders or duotangs.
  • Entries may be handwritten or typed.
  • No faxed or emailed entries will be accepted.
  • Due to the large volume of entries, we cannot acknowledge receipt of entry.
  • Contest open to residents of Canada only.
  • Winners will be announced on May 6, 2015 during TD Canadian Children's Book Week 2015.

* Please note that entries not accompanied by an ENTRY FORM will not be considered.

MAIL ENTRIES TO:

Writing Contest
c/o The Canadian Children's Book Centre
Suite 217, 40 Orchard View Blvd
Toronto, Ontario
M4R 1B9

For more information about the Book Week 2015 Writing Contest, please contact Sandra O'Brien at 416.975.0010 ext. 227 or sandra@bookcentre.ca.

Interested in reading the winning stories and honourable mentions from our 2014 Writing Contest? Click here!

Maybe next year?

If you’re like me, you may find of the hardest parts of being a writer is working alone.  

That’s just one of the reasons why the Junior Author-Writers Conference last week was successful. It brought together over seventy young writers between the ages of 9 and 18 in a friendly, affirming day of workshops and new writing challenges.

Hosted by Laura Thomas, of Laura Thomas Communications, the conference was the first in a series to further the goal of fostering the development of young writers worldwide. I was invited to observe one of the workshops led by Darlene Foster, called Writing More Than You See.

Darlene read passages from different books to show how all five senses can be used to bring readers into the experience of the story. Then, she handed out photos and asked everyone to write a story about what happened just before and/or just after the pictures were taken. The stories from the conference participants were excellent.

Other sessions were:

Writing Effective Dialogue                                       Michelle Barker

How to Write a Great Article and Get it Published Deneka Michaud

A Story to Learn, Tell and Share                              Lois Peterson

Move Your Body, Clear the Cobwebs                       Jes von Henzke

If You Were the Publisher                                        George Opacic

So it was a day of great variety and many chances to build new friendships. Held at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Richmond (a satellite suburb of Vancouver, Canada) the conference room was spacious and well-lit. The food looked delicious and the laughter that filled the air said everyone was having fun.

Want to build new friendships to help you grow as a writer? Then mark this day on your calendar: October 18, 2014. That’s the date of the next conference.

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The Young Writers' Club of Lynn Valley

The Young Writers' Club of Lynn Valley, part of the Lynn Valley Literary Society, is coming back to life. Starting November 2012, I'm leading monthly two-hour workshops for writers in grades 5 to 12.

When:                The second Wednesday of every month

                          November 2012 to June 2013

                          4:00-6:00 PM

Where:               Mollie Nye House

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                          940 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

Pack your favourite pen and notebook and join us. Using various techniques including free-writing, role playing, black out poetry, and round robin writing challenges you will nurture your creative energy while silencing your inner critic. 

Full details here: Lynn Valley Literary Society

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Photo by: wosephjeber