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Teens Write! Fiction, Poetry & Comic Book Contest - May 1 to July 24

Do you love to write stories or poetry? Do you have a comic book creation you want to share  with the world? Are you in high school?

If you answered yes to any, or all, of these questions, than you should definitely enter this contest!

Students in Grades 9 through 12 are eligible, and by entering you just might win an iPad mini with accessories*!  

All submissions must include the word ‘Canada’, but where you go from there is up to you and your imagination. 

The Rules

  • You must include your name, age, grade level as of June 2017, school name, home telephone number and email address on each submission.
  • Maximum word length Fiction – 500 words; Poems – not to exceed 32 lines; Comics – 1 to 6 pages. All entries must be .docx or .pdf files. 
  • Comic Book entries may be written and illustrated by one or two teens. All comics must be on 8 ½” x 11” pages.
  • You may enter one piece in all three categories, but you may not enter more than one piece in any category.
  • Submissions will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  • Label all work “fiction” or “poetry” on the top of the page (do not label comic books). Please be sure to include a title for all works.
  • Include the following originality statement at the end of each submission: “This will certify that the above work is completely original,” followed by your signature to affirm this is your work (not necessary on comic books).
  • Winning entries (one per category) may be edited, and we reserve the right to publish our edited version without your prior approval. Editing will only include small changes such as grammar and spelling corrections. 
  • One of the three winners will be randomly selected to win a brand new iPad mini. You must be present at the Award Ceremony to be eligible. If no winners are in attendance, all three will be put in a random draw for the Grand Prize, and the winner will be contacted. The other two winning entries will each be awarded one $75 gift card.
  • Entries must be dropped off at any Ajax Public Library branch or emailed to by Monday, July 24, 2017.

Celebrity JudgeHeather O'Connor

We’re thrilled to welcome Heather O’Connor, author of Betting Game as one of our judges

About Betting Game:

Jack’s a star player on an elite soccer team. He’s on top of his game, and the Lancers are on top of the league. They’re favoured to win the National Championship.

But the game’s about to change.

Betting Game

A slick bookie wins Jack’s friendship with smooth talk and expensive presents. Then he introduces the teen to illegal betting.

Award Ceremony

The winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the Main Branch on Friday, Aug. 11.