Opens Jan 3. Closes April 12. (postmarked)

The contest is sponsored by the Shuswap Association of Writers.

Start writing Now! Read Guidelines carefully

Open ONLY to students (including homeschool) in School Districts #83, and  #22.

Categories: (These are ages at the end of2018)

  • 5 – 8 years – Poetry and Short Stories
  • 9 – 11 – Poetry and Short Stories
  • 8 – 12 – Haiku
  • 11 – 14 – Poetry  and Short Stories
  • 15 – 18 – Poetry and Short Stories

Poetry for all ages:  1 page. Size 12 font Times New Roman, or handwritten. No graphics. Plain white paper, any style.

  • Short Stories      5 – 11 years:  500 words
  • Short Stories     12 – 14 years: 700 words,
  • Short Stories      15 –  18 years:  1000 words
  • 1 haiku                 no graphics

For ALL stories Size 11 Font, Times New Roman, or handwritten, Stapled OK.  No graphics.

Plain white paper, lined OK for handwritten. Pages numbered.

IMPORTANT: For All Entries: Do Not put your name or school name on the poem or story page. This is for fair judging.

IMPORTANT: Every entry must have a cover page (example here). Students can enter One story AND One poem but each entry must have a completed cover page.

Though it does save paper to print on both sides, it’s difficult for judges. One side, please, BUT you can save postage by mailing numerous entries in one envelope.

The Entries need only be POSTMARKED by Thursday, April 12. Special Delivery is not necessary.

Mail Entries: Young Writers’ Contest,

Box 1134, Salmon Arm, BC

V1E 4P3

For further information contact: (This email address label was designed to differentiate it from the adult writing contest that is also sponsored by the Shuswap Association of Writers.)

No entries by email.

Volunteer judges spend considerable time evaluating each story and poem, and their decisions are final. However, remember, not winning only indicates that you entered, not that your writing failed. Keep writing, keep entering. You cannot win if you do not enter.  Good writers write regularly.

Why enter?

RECOGNITION OF YOUR SKILLS. Credit given to your teacher and your school.

With parent permission, winners’ pictures will be posted on our website.

Kidswrite Winners 2017

PRIZES. Cash and gift prizes are presented at our awards ceremony May 12 at the Salmon Arm Prestige Inn as a part of the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival. Rub shoulders with known authors. Present and share your writing.

Writers keep all rights to their writing. Entries are destroyed one month after the contest.

*****Keep your own copy we don’t return entries*****

Download the 2018 KidsWrite Contest Kit

Download the 2018 KidsWrite Blank Cover Page