Tag: Contests

Awesome Authors 2019

It’s time for all the young writers in Ottawa to get their awesome on! The Ottawa Public Library wants you to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write a poem, short story, or comic (or all three!) to enter into the OPL’s…

Young Writers’ Markets

If you are a young writer of fiction or poetry, here are some excellent places to submit your work The updated lists are divided into teen markets and children’s markets (with a bit of overlap). Online and Print Magazines for Teen Writers: The Blue…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Cordelia’s Valentine, part of “Shakespeare High”

Check out my modern take on the Lear family in “Cordelia’s Valentine,” part of a new series of original short fiction by Canadian young adult authors published on the CBC Canada Writes website this month, in honour of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Here’s the shortlink direct…

Who’s Afraid of Snakes? (Fearless February Day 17)

Ophidiophobia. The fear of snakes. Like Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, and Apiphobia, the fear of bees, Ophidiophobia is a rational fear gone mad. A few snakes are deadly poisonous. And all snakes will bite if you try to pick them up. But that’s…

Who’s Afraid of Bees? (Fearless February Day 15)

Apiphobia. The fear of bees. We’ve all seen Apiphobics at sidewalk cafes, knocking over wine glasses as they frantically wave their arms and shriek because a bee has flown close. If that’s the extent of your phobia, thanks for entertaining the rest of us….

Who’s Afraid of Storms? (Fearless February Day 13)

Brontophobia and Astraphobia. The fear of thunder and lightning, respectively. These two phobias usually go together, often combined with Lilapsophobia, the fear of tornadoes and hurricanes. (It’s not often someone is afraid of thunder but totally cool with tornadoes.) We’ll call them all Astraphobia….

Who’s Afraid of Germs? (Fearless February Day 11)

Mysophobia. The fear of being contaminated by germs. It’s what Howard Hughes, Howie Mandell, Saddam Hussein and Joan Crawford had in common. (And probably the only thing they had in common.) Ever since Louis Pasteur discovered the germ theory of disease, humans have cleaned…

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