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IFOA Ontario and Open Book: Ontario Present Write Across Ontario, A Writing Competition for Elementary and High School Students

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Write Across Ontario

IFOA’s touring programme, IFOA Ontario, and Open Book: Ontario are proud to announce the return of Write Across Ontario, a creative writing competition for middle grade and high school students across the province. Students in grades 5 to 12 will write a story using the story-starter provided for their age group by one of four acclaimed Canadian authors. This year, Martha Baillie will provide the story-starter for grades 5–6, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer will write one for grades 7– 8, John McFetridge will cover grades 9–10 and Elyse Friedman will create the story-starter for grades 11–12. The story-starter is used as a place for students to begin their story, but where the story goes from there is in the hands of each individual.

Stories should be between 250–500 words, not including the story-starter. One submission per student will be accepted from September 5, 2014 until the contest closing date of November 7, 2014. Entries will be judged by IFOA in conjunction with Open Book: Ontario. One winner will be chosen from each age group for a total of four (4) winners who will each receive $500 and the opportunity to have their work published online in the Open Book Magazine.

Write Across Ontario is inspired by a similar contest presented by one of IFOA’s Word Alliance partners, the Melbourne Writers Festival. The Word Alliance is a collaboration between literary festivals around the globe, which aims to present the best authors to international audiences at events worldwide.

Complete rules, submission requirements and prizing info can be found on
Also in children’s programming for 2014, tickets to YoungIFOA, the annual children’s reading series held during the 35th edition of the International Festival of Authors, are on sale now. Please call 416-973-4760 to see this year’s Forest of Reading® winners on October 23rd and October 24th! Tickets are $5 (reading only) and $14 (with bookplate-making workshop).

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