See the winners from the 2018 Kidswrite contest

Contest opens January 2, 2019

* Contest Deadline: Thursday, April 11, 2019 * POSTMARKED

The contest is sponsored by the Shuswap Association of Writers.

Start writing Now! Download the 2019 Contest Kit

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

Four Age groups:

  • 5 – 8
  • 9 – 11
  • 12 – 14
  • 15 – 18

Submissions: no name any page of WRITING

Poetry:

All age groups

  • One poem. One Page. No graphics.
  • Any style. Title at top
  • Plain white paper
  • Clear, plain font Or clear hand-writing.

Story: 5 – 8

  • Maximum 500 words. No minimum.
  • Plain white paper. Simple Size 11 font or clear writing.
  • Double spaced
  • No graphics. Titles on all story pages

Story: 9 – 11

  • Maximum 500 words. No minimum.
  • Plain white paper. Simple Size 11 font or clear writing.
  • Double spaced
  • No graphics. Titles on all story pages

Story: 12- 14

  • Maximum 700 words. No minimum.
  • Plain white paper. Simple Size 11 font or clear writing.
  • Double spaced
  • No graphics. Titles on all story pages

Story: 15 – 18

  • Maximum 1000 words. No minimum.
  • Plain white paper. Simple Size 11 font or clear writing.
  • Double spaced
  • No graphics. Titles on all story pages

Haiku two age categories
6 – 10, 11-14

  • Use traditional 5 – 7 – 5 syllables in three lines.

Important: No Names on the stories or poems. Blind judging.

Cover pages are essential.

Each student can submit ONE STORY and ONE POEM and ONE HAIKU (of appropriate ages) but each must have a separate cover page.
Multiple entries (even a whole class) may be sent in one envelope but each must have a separate cover page.

The Entries need only be POSTMARKED by Thursday, April 11. Special Delivery is not necessary.

Mail Entries:
Young Writers’ Contest
Box 1134, Salmon Arm, BC
V1E 4P3

No email entries.

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

What are the Judges looking for?
The primary focus points are creativity, thoughtful use of words, compelling description, and originality. Though grammar and spelling are important, these can be fixed, creativity is the goal. Character names should differ from the author.

Contest Deadline: Thursday, April 11, 2019 (Postmarked)

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