Mar. 22nd: Author's releases for the student short-story contest must be received by March 31st to be guaranteed publication and entry into the final round. Proof sheets are currently being emailed 2-4 weeks after we receive the author's release (if requested).

The pre-order deadline for the short-story collections has been extended until April 10th.

Feb. 17th: Thank you to everyone who submitted work for our 10th annual student story contests. We have sent mail to all teachers regarding first-round results. Successful participants have also be sent mail to the mailing address listed on their entry form. Please contact us if you have not received anything by March 4th.

Jan. 13th: Thank you to everyone who submitted work for our 10th annual student poetry contests. We have now sent mail to all teachers regarding first-round results. Successful participants have also been sent mail to the mailing address listed on their entry form. Please contact us if you have not received anything by January 29th.

11th Annual Contest Deadlines:

Poetry: Nov. 14, 2016
Short Story: Dec. 5, 2016

 

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Download an entry form:
Student Entry Form


Educators who wish to request an information package or a complimentary copy from a previous contest, please click on the link below. It should open a web form you can copy and paste into your email program.

You should receive a confirmation email within a few minutes of sending your request. (Note: We do not send complimentary copies or information packages to home schools at this time.)

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Up next . . . our 11th annual student contests
for Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve.

2016/2017 National Student Contests

Poetry Deadline: November 14, 2016
Short-Story Deadline: December 5, 2016

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Each year we hold two contests, which are open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Over $9,000 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 sending us an information request.

The top group of entrants in each contest (approx. 25-45%) will receive the opportunity to be published in a soft-cover, keepsake collection to be released in early June of each year. Schools that send in at least five complete entries per contest 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 contests!

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
$100

Every participant will receive a bookmark gift once all of the entries have been short-listed. Teachers will be mailed a list of students who were successful in the first round by February (poetry contest) and March (short-story contest).

Students who are short-listed will receive a letter of congratulations and a certificate to their home address, along with an author's release they need to have their parent/guardian sign and return to be published. Once we receive permission to publish their work, 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
Student's Educator

Student
Student's Educator

Student
Student's Educator
Kindergarten
$60
$60
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade One
$60
$60
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade Two
$60
$60
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade Three
$60
$60
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade Four
$60
$60
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade Five
$60
$60
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade Six
$80
$80
$50
$50
$25
$25
Grade Seven
$80
$80
$50
$50
$25
$25
Grade Eight
$80
$80
$50
$50
$25
$25
Grade Nine
$100
$100
$60
$60
$30
$30
Grade Ten
$100
$100
$60
$60
$30
$30
Grade Eleven
$100
$100
$60
$60
$30
$30
Grade Twelve
$100
$100
$60
$60
$30
$30

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

Poetry Foundation—poetry education for older students
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/

Scholastic—types of poems
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/index.htm

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

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

Ways to Enter

Send entries    
email using web form: SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE  
  Acceptable file attachments: .doc/.docx, .pdf, or .txt (please do not send .pages files or links)  
     
by mail: Polar Expressions Publishing  
  PO Box 500 Stn Main  
  Maple Ridge BC V2X 3P2  
     
by fax: 604-465-0756 (up to 5 entries per fax please)  
     
by email:

[email protected] or
[email protected]

 
   

We look forward to reading your work!