Awesome Authors 2022 is on!

Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest

The Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest is back! Young writers of the nation’s capital, get to work on your poems, short stories, and comics. You could win publication, glory, cold hard cash!

Learn all the details from the Awesome Authors page on the OPL website.

I’ll be judging English fiction in the 9-12 age category again this year — and I want to read your story!

Other judges this year are Apollo the Child; Amelinda Bérubé; Pierre-Luc Bélanger; and Éric Péladeau. Check everyone out on the Ottawa Public Library’s YouTube channel.

All judges are offering virtual writing workshops to help you get started, from January 29th through February 19th. Find the full schedule and registration links on the OPL Awesome Authors page.

Entries are judged in two age categories (9-12 and 13-18), two languages (English and French) and three genres (poem, short story, comic). Ambitious writers can submit one (but only one) of everything. The contest deadline is February 25th, 2022.

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Be sure to read all the rules before submitting. And check out the winning pieces from past years anthologized in Pot-pourri, published annually by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association.

Good luck!

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