Good luck to all participants in our 8th annual national student writing contests. Final results will be released in early June.


Our Next Contest Deadline:
Nov. 24, 2014 (post-marked)
Dec. 1, 2014 (emails/faxes)

Click here for an entry form (pdf format) to print and send with your entry by mail, fax or email.

Educators who wish to request an information package or a complimentary copy from a previous contest, please email us and copy and paste to fill in the following information.

Name:
School:
School Address:
City:
Province:
Postal Code:
Grades you teach:

And if you would like a complimentary collection, please indicate your preference of poetry or short stories.

Thank you!

 

 

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Student Contests

Next up . . . our 9th annual

2014/2015 National Student Poetry Contest and
2014/2015 National Student Short-Story Contest

(for Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve)

Deadline:
November 24th, 2014 (post-marked mail)
December 1st, 2014 (e-mails or faxes)

Each fall we hold two contests, which are open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Over $10,000 is awarded in cash prizes to schools and students who participate!

There is no entry fee and no obligation to purchase anything.

Educators may wish to use one or both of these contests as a project in coordination with their English curriculum or students may enter on their own (though school information must be provided so we can verify they are a student and keep the contest fair). Information packages, including entry forms, are sent to schools across the country in September. Educators may directly request a copy of this information package or a complimentary copy of one of our collections from a previous contest by emailing or calling us to provide the information to the left.

The top group of entrants in each contest (45% or less) will be published in an inexpensive, soft-cover, keepsake collection to be released in early June of each year. Schools that send in at least five entries will automatically receive one free copy of any collection containing their student(s) work. We gave away more than $10,000 worth of these books to schools in our last contest!

Prizes

Bonus prizes: Schools will receive one bonus entry for each student entry they submit.

Each contest:
First Prize (school)
Second Prize (school)
Third Prize (school)
 
$500
$250
$125

Every participant will receive a small gift once all of the entries have been short-listed. These gifts will be sent by mid February care of their teachers along with a list of students who have made it through the first round. Students who are short-listed will receive a letter of congratulations and a certificate to their home address, along with a proof sheet of their work by mid February. They will then move forward to the final round of judging to possibly win one of the prizes listed below.

Each contest:
First Prize
Second Prize
Third Prize
 
Student
School
Student
School
Student
School
Kindergarten
$80
$80
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade One
$80
$80
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade Two
$80
$80
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade Three
$80
$80
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade Four
$100
$100
$50
$50
$25
$25
Grade Five
$100
$100
$50
$50
$25
$25
Grade Six
$100
$100
$50
$50
$25
$25
Grade Seven
$120
$120
$60
$60
$30
$30
Grade Eight
$120
$120
$60
$60
$30
$30
Grade Nine
$120
$120
$60
$60
$30
$30
Grade Ten
$140
$140
$70
$70
$35
$35
Grade Eleven
$140
$140
$70
$70
$35
$35
Grade Twelve
$140
$140
$70
$70
$35
$35

All first-, second-, and third-prize winners will receive a free copy of the collection featuring their entry.

Rules

Topic Ideas

If you are having trouble thinking of something to write about, here are some short-story topics you may wish to explore:

Here are some poetry topics you may wish to consider:


There are a lot of great websites out there containing tips on writing, further information on different types of poems, as well as rhyming dictionaries. Below are a few links we recommend to get you started:

Children’s author Corey Green—great advice for writing stories
http://www.coreygreen.com/storytips.html

Scholastic—types of poems
http://content.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=1605

Rhymezone—rhyming dictionary
http://www.rhymezone.com/

Write Express—rhyming dictionary
http://www.writeexpress.com/online2.html

Ways to Enter

Send entries    
     
by mail: Polar Expressions Publishing  
  PO Box 500 Stn Main  
  Maple Ridge BC V2X 3P2  
     
by fax: 604-465-0756  
     
by email*:

[email protected] or
[email protected]

 
  *(To submit via e-mail please open and print an entry form, fill it out completely and sign before sending as an attachment to the e-mail using a scanner or digital camera.)

We look forward to reading your work!