CONTEST FOR YOUNG WRITERS RULES
This annual writing contest is open to all students of Peterborough and area
secondary schools. It encourages students to refine their skills, share their work,
and possibly win prizes and national recognition.
GRADE / LEVEL DIVISIONS:
Junior Level, Grades 9 – 10
Senior Level, Grades 11 – 12
FICTION: can be any of the following forms: *science-fiction *mystery *realistic
narrative *historical fiction *humour *romance
CREATIVE NON-FICTION: can be any of the following forms: *personal
reflection *personal narrative *journal *memoir *opinion piece or rant/diatribe
*personal essay or a dynamic combination of the above. No formal essays or book reports,
LENGTH: 500 -1000 WORDS
POETRY: any form LENGTH: NO MINIMUM; MAXIMUM TWO PAGES
Writers may submit one entry in any – or all – of the three categories. All entries must
have one author only. All entries must be original work.
Writers should seek the advice of a mentor such as a teacher,
friend, parent, and/or peer for feedback and editing guidance.
ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED, DOUBLE-SPACED,
IN Times New Roman 12-POINT FONT.
The mandatory title page must include: *title, category
*writer’s name, grade, school, teacher’s name *writer’s full
address (including house or apartment # and postal code)
*email address *telephone number
Submit at any time, as an attached Word document, to
DEADLINE: MONDAY, MAY 16, 2022
The winners in each category will receive $200.00 and a commemorative plaque.
Winning entries will be published as part of the Contest for Young Writers e-book on the festival website. (See the e-book for samples of previous winning entries.)
ENTRY TO THE CONTEST INDICATES PERMISSION
TO PUBLISH IN THE E-BOOK.
AUTHOR RETAINS COPYRIGHT.
Questions may be directed to the contest coordinators:
Andrew Milner: email@example.com
Cynthia Rankin: firstname.lastname@example.org