MAY 2021 Update: The Library has just announced the winners of the this year’s Awesome Authors contest! Check out the announcements on YouTube. You can watch right here (below) or visit the OPL’s YouTube channel and view the Ages 9-12 results or the Ages 13-18 results.
MARCH 2021 update: The deadline for the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest has passed and the judges are busy reading all the fabulous submissions. I have 171 short stories to consider from writers aged 9-12 — and I can only choose six finalists! That means MANY great stories will be rejected. Such is the nature of publishing. If your story does not win, it doesn’t mean the story is not good. So keep writing.
Winners and Honourable Mentions will be announced at a virtual ceremony this spring. I’ll post details when I have them….
[From January 2021]…The Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest is back! Young writer, get ready to write your best poem, short story, or comic ever. The Ottawa Public Library is inviting you to share your talent with the world, and you could win cash prizes and publication.
I’ll be judging fiction in the 9-12 age category again this year — and I want to read your story!
Other judges back for another year are Apollo the Child; Amelinda Bérubé; Karine Perron; and Éric Péladeau. All judges are offering virtual writing workshops over the next month to help you get started.
Here’s the workshop schedule from the library website. Click on the links to register.
If you are a budding student author in Ottawa, sign up for a virtual workshop to get your creative juices flowing, then develop your work into a poem or story or graphic narrative — or all three — to submit to the contest before February 26th.
And be sure to check out the winning pieces from past years anthologized in Pot-pourri, published annually by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. There are so many talented young writers featured in those pages. (But there’s never enough room for all the great entries received every year.)