Submissions are accepted on a regular basis, year-round.
Can include, short stories, essays, poetry and prose.
Must not exceed 3,000 words.
Must be written by a current ESA student, or alumni.
Submissions are accepted:

Friday, 14 December 2018

Brentwood's Teen Writers' Group and Open Mic Nights

Brentwood's Teen Writers' Group and Open Mic Nights will be starting again in January!

More information for both events below or at:

Teen Writers' Group Open Mic Night

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on recurring dates listed below
60 mins


If you love to sing, rap, perform spoken word or comedy, come and join members of the Brentwood Teen Writers' Group as they share their work at their monthly Open Mic Night. Too shy to step up to the mic? Bring some friends and cheer others on.
For teens ages 13-19. Drop-in.
Sign-up to perform starting at 6:45 p.m. in the Teen Lounge.


TPL Teens • Young Voices




Culture Arts & Entertainment

Upcoming Dates:

Tue Jan 22
Tue Feb 19
Tue Mar 19

Teen Writers' Group

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on recurring dates listed below
90 mins


Do you like to write but have no one to share it with? Are you working on a novel, short story, play or poem? Come share your work with other teens and special guest writers, and get feedback to make your writing stronger. Not sure what to write? We've got prompts for that! New writers are always welcome! Drop-in. For teens ages 13-19.


TPL Teens • Young Voices




Book Clubs & Writers Groups

Upcoming Dates:

Tue Jan 15
Tue Feb 05
Tue Mar 05
Tue Apr 02

Wednesday, 17 October 2018


What’s that I long for?
What’s that smell I long?
The wafting scent of sulfurous fumes
What’s that sensation I long?
The rumble of the crumbling, rocks passing under my feet.
The whispering slick parting of air as we rush along the surface.
What’s that sight I long?
The sight, of the transparent yellows, or the deep dark greens, the flashing scarlet
An endless changing chain it seems.
Like the one we ride.
What’s the sound I long?
The sound of a distinct silence,
That teams with textures but is creased by our rhythmic pace.
I am protected by the dank earthy mud below
A crazy grey sky above

That fades away to a plummeting blue.

-Gina Louisa

Sunday, 7 October 2018


Burgundy and Magenta roots of the twisted oak
Wandering, roaming through tumbling hills of endless grass
Sailing out to the deep, blue ocean of mountains
To the stone castle.
A girl drifts past the wild, flowered, dirt paths
She goes, blending into the gold, magenta
Burgundy roots are her roots
Her roots are my roots
In the forest
Where we stand.

By Louisa

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Teen Writers' Group Special Guest: Sterling Dillinger

Tue Oct 09, 2018
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
90 mins


Speaker Box host and poet Sterling Dillinger hosts an interactive spoken word and slam poetry workshop. Express yourself and explore your poet and song writing talents!
This is a drop in program for teens ages 13+.
More info at link

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Art Fest at Toronto Public Library

Young Voices Writing and Art Fest at the Toronto Public Library link
TICKETS ARE FREE! Supplies and lunch are provided! If you are interested, registration is here!

Sat Sep 29, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Join us for a full day of writing and art featuring Alexandra Shimo, Randell Adjei, Kendra Yee, Rachel Guglielmelli, Alicia Nauta, Domenico Capilongo, Falen Johnson and JP Larocque. They will be hosting a variety of free workshops on various topics including clay modelling, book binding, spoken word and more! 

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Submissions Your Manuscripts

About Stefanie London

Stefanie London
Stefanie London is the USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary romances and romantic comedies. Stefanie’s books have been called “genuinely entertaining and memorable” by Booklist, and her writing praised as “Elegant, descriptive and delectable” by RT magazine. Her stories have earned prestigious awards such as the RT Top Pick and have achieved bestseller status with USA TODAY and iBooks.
Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ business degree, she got a job in communications. But writing emails for executives didn’t fulfill her creative urges, so she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.
Originally from Australia, she now lives in Toronto with her very own hero and is currently in the process of doing her best to travel the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, lipstick, romance novels and anything zombie-related.

Submitting Your Manuscript

Manuscripts will be accepted from Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to Saturday, October 20, 2018.
Writers of romance fiction are invited to submit manuscripts for review and feedback. The Writer in Residence will meet with the first 35 authors whose manuscripts submissions satisfy the requirements below. We regret that the Writer in Residence may not be able to meet with everyone who submits a manuscript. Meetings with the Writer in Residence are by appointment only, and only those granted an appointment with Stefanie London will be contacted.

Manuscript submission requirements

For romance fiction, submit only one piece, up to 10 typed pages, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman, single-sided. Writers may also submit a synopsis of their work of up to 3 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman, single-sided. Include a cover page with your name, address, email, and telephone number.
Material submitted will not be returned so please do not submit originals.
Mail or bring your submission to:
  • Writer in Residence - North York Central Library
  • Language, Literature and Fine Arts Department (3rd Floor)
  • 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2N 5N9
  • Or email your submission to
For more information, call 416-395-5639.
Toronto Public Library typically hosts two residencies per year.
  • A longer residency, usually four months, in the Spring
  • A shorter residency, usually two months, in the Fall
Writers who have held residencies at the library include Gail Bowen, Chester Brown, Austin Clarke, Karen Connelly, Deborah Cooke, Farzana Doctor, Sarah Ellis, Rabindranath Maharaj, Elizabeth Ruth, Robert J. Sawyer, Karl Schroeder, Allan Stratton, Sugith Varughese, Tim Wynne-Jones, Alissa York, David S. Young and Kim Echlin.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Calling all writers! The CBC Short Story Prize is now open

Ready to submit? Enter now!

The 2019 CBC Short Story Prize is now open for submissions. Canadian writers can submit original, unpublished short stories until Oct. 31, 2018. Your story can be up to 2,500 words in length.
The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their story published on CBC Books. Four finalists will win $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.
You have until Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter. The entry fee is $25, which covers the costs of administering the prize.
Last year's winner was Leah Mol for Lipstick Day. You can read all the 2018 finalists' stories here.
Need a little motivation to get you going? Subscribe below to the CBC Short Story Prize newsletter. We will send you writing tips, tricks and prompts every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday while the CBC Short Story Prize is open. During the month of September, we'll be doing a random draw each week and one lucky newsletter subscriber will get to submit their entry for free.
Want even more support? Join our brand new Canada Writes Facebook group, where you can connect with writers from across Canada.
The CBC Literary Prizes have been supporting and celebrating Canadian writers since 1979. Past winners include Michael OndaatjeMichael Winter and Frances Itani.
If you're looking to submit to the Prix de la nouvelle Radio-Canada, you can enter here
The 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2019. The 2019 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2019.
Have questions? Email us at