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:

Saturday, 6 January 2018

The Toronto Star Short Story Contest open again!

From yesterday's online edition of the paper...
  • This year’s contest runs until 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.
  • The winner will receive $5,000 and a creative writing course from The Humber School for Writers.
  • The second-place winner will take home a $2,000 prize, while third place will be awarded $1,000.
  • The winner can choose a 30-week creative writing correspondence program, valued at $3,000, at Humber, or a week-long summer workshop, worth $1,000, at the college’s Lakeshore campus in Toronto.
  • Stories can be about any topic the entrant chooses, as long as it’s original, unpublished, and amounts to less than 2,500 words. Entries are limited to one per person.
  • Submissions will be judged by a panel of the Humber School for Writers and narrowed down to a short list. The three winners will then be selected from that list by city librarian Vickery Bowles, award-winning author and journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee, Toronto Star books editor Deborah Dundas, and the Star’s former theatre critic Richard Ouzounian.

FULL DETAILS available here. 
  • You must be 16 years old to enter.
  • If you're not 16 this year, plan ahead for next year or the year after.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Creative Writing Support for Young Writers

If you are looking for support to help you take your writing to the next level, consider these options:

Toronto Public Library Writer in Residence
  • Ayelet Tsabari is Toronto Public Library's Winter/Spring Writer in Residence. Writers of memoir, fiction or creative nonfiction are invited to submit manuscripts for review and feedback. 
Toronto Public Library Young Voices Programming
  • Dates for the upcoming Winter/Spring session are as follows: Tue Jan 09, Tue Jan 23, Tue Feb 13, Tue Feb 27, Tue Mar 13, Tue Mar 27, Tue Apr 10, Tue Apr 24
  • If Poetry is your speed, mind what promises to be a fabulous workshop session with Lee Maracle during March Break.  Details here.
Story Planet