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 2019 Awesome Authors youth writing contest.
The contest is open to Ottawa students aged 9-18. There will be two age categories this year: 9-12 and 13-18. There are two language categories: English and French. And three genres: poems, short stories, and comics. (You can enter one piece in each genre in each language, if you’re an extra-awesome author, for a total of six submissions!)
If you’re not sure where to start, come to an awesome writing workshop in the new year. They’re absolutely free, thanks to Ottawa’s awesome public library system. Follow the links below to register in advance. (I hope to see some of you at my short story workshop!) Here’s the schedule:
The 2018 Pot-Pourri anthology, featuring last year’s Awesome Authors winners and honourable mentions, is available for purchase from FOPLA. It’s full of great poems, stories, and comics, and it makes a great Christmas gift for any young writers and readers on your list. Buy a copy today, or look for a copy to borrow from your local OPL branch. (I am a little biased because I’ve been the English editor of Pot-pourri for the past couple of years — but it’s honestly amazing. There are so many good pieces in this one!)
Pass on the contest details to Ottawa youth that you know. They may not even know they’re awesome authors yet — this contest might be just the encouragement they need to get started.