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Immersed in Student Writing

This Tuesday, I had the pleasure of calling the names of twelve young writers whose short fiction won places in the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Contest. What a pleasure to be one of this year’s judges and to read excerpts from the fantastic mix of winning stories: humour, drama, sci-fi, horror, and sad, sad […]

Awesome Young Authors in Ottawa

Yes, it’s on! The Ottawa Public Library is holding its annual Awesome Authors Contest for youth aged 9-17. If you’re a young person in Ottawa with something to say, get to work on saying it well. (BTW, the 9-year-olds don’t have to compete with the high-schoolers. The contest is divided into three age categories: 9-11; […]

Good Reading

I just received my copies of the latest Pot-Pourri — that’s the annual volume of youth writing published by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA). This lovely book contains all the winning poems and stories from last year’s Awesome Authors Contest, a youth writing competition held every winter by the Ottawa Public Library. […]

Ottawa’s Awesome Authors Contest

‘Tis the season for the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Author Contest! Local writers aged 9-17 have a couple of months to shine up their best poems and stories for the 2016 competition. If your work is already shiny, you can enter it right now. If you want some professional help in polishing your words — or digging up words […]

Monday Markets: Upcoming Writing Contests and Calls for Submission

Looking for somewhere to submit your work? Fishing for a topic for your next story? Here are a few suggestions and opportunities coming up in September and October 2015. For Teachers and Students: The Ocean Trash Write-Away Short Fiction Contest: Writers under 25 are invited to envision solutions to the problem of ocean trash for […]

Spring Contests for Writers

I am back after a 2-month blogging break, and I’m bringing the best intentions of posting weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, or whenever I remember from this point onward. (To those who wonder, “If I lay off blogging and Facebook for 2 months, will I free up enough time to write a masterpiece?” my guess is “No, but you […]

Writing Contests with Looming Deadlines

Attention young writers! The Ottawa Public Library’s annual Awesome Authors contest is now accepting poems and stories from Ottawa-area youth aged 9-17. Deadline February 16th.  Not in Ottawa? No worries. If you’ve got your act together RIGHT NOW, you can enter the Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth in one of two age categories: junior (grades 7-9) […]

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