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!

What's up with you?

What are you doing on your summer vacation?

Are you polishing your poetry for the Young Writers of Canada competition that closes in October?

Are you writing a review or a short fiction piece to submit to the awesome Rookie website?

Are you planning a novel for NaNoWriMo in November?  

Are you writing short fiction for the prestigious Vancouver Writers’ Fest?

Whatever you are doing, I hope you are having fun and making many unforgettable memories!

 

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Well done, Genny Knowles!

Congratulations, Genny Knowles!

Genny, a member of the Young Writers' Club of North Vancouver, won first prize in the Federation of BC Writers’ Young BC Writers Contest. The results haven't been posted to the FBCW's site yet but Genny received an email yesterday announcing the good news. Soon her story, Caitlyn's Book, should appear as the winner of the $400 scholarship. 

This was Genny's first competition and she is only in grade 8. She was competing against much older and more experienced writers.

Talent & hard work were on her side.

I’m sure this is the first of many writing achievements for Genny.

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Photo from Wikimedia Commons: Congratulations Beach at Druidston Haven from a road alongside Hotel by Steve Sheppard

7th Annual Junior Authors Short Story Competition

Laura Thomas Communications is hosting another short story competition for young writers. Here are some of the details:

  • Opens February 1, 2014
  • Deadline June 30, 2014
  • Finalists Announced September 20, 2014
  • Winners Announced Live October 18, 2014 at the Junior Authors Writers Conference in Vancouver, Canada
  • Please read the rules and follow them carefully. If there is a tie for a prize, the winner will be the writer who did a better job following the rules.
  • Contest closes at midnight on June 30, 2014 (Pacific Standard Time)
  • FREE to enter  
  • Details about the feedback option for the 2014 contest will be announced when the contest opens.
  • One story per person.
  • Story must be in English.
  • Contest is open to anyone between 9 and 21 years old as of June 30, 2014. Proof of age may be required.
  • It does not matter where you call home. Entries from every country are welcome.
  • Your story can be about anything you like. Be creative and have fun. We don’t judge on the subject of your story, just on how well you write it. But remember that it will be judged according to the criteria for a short story. This is not a contest for scripts, poems, essays or other genres of writing.  
  • Maximum length: 1,000 words.
  • No images, illustrations or fancy fonts. Keep it easy to read. Not sure which font to use? Try Times New Roman 12 pt.
  • SUBMISSION FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 1, 2014

 

Go here for full information: Laura Thomas Short Story Competition

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Picture from Wikimedia Commons: Typewriter Ideal from Seidel & Naumann, Germany by waelder

 

VWF Spreading the Word Youth Writing Contest

A competition by the prestigious Vancouver Writers' Festival is now open:

What's your story? Grab a pen and get writing, if the Vancouver Writers' Festival judges like what they read you could win a cash prize and have your work published in a magazine that showcases aspiring young writers.

The Rewards
Prizes will be awarded to the top two entries in poetry and fiction:

1st prize in each category: $300

2nd prize in each category: $200

Prize winners will be published in The Claremont Review and on the Festival website.

The Rules

 

  • The contest is open to all young writers enrolled in Grades 8-12 in British Columbia.
  • Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished work in each category:
  • Poetry (any style): 500 word limit
  • Creative Short Fiction: 1,500 word limit
  • Entries will be judged blind. Please do not put your name on your story or poem in the file you have uploaded or in the file name.
  • There is a $5 entry fee for each story or poem you submit, payable online through PayPal.
  • We will accept entries in MS Word Document or PDF formats. Please use standard margins, 12-point font and double spacing.
  • Winners will be selected by a panel of publishing and writing professionals.
  • Entries must be uploaded and payment confirmed by 5:00pm October 27, 2013.

 

Click here to enter!