May 31st: We are pleased to announce the winners for our 13th annual national student writing contests: 2018-2019 Student Contest Results. Congratulations to the final prize winners for each grade and all those published!

The magnificent collections have arrived. All prizes and pre-orders will be shipped by June 14th. Please allow Canada Post until June 28th for delivery.

If you didn't pre-order, visit our SHOP page to get your copy today. There are a limited number of copies remaining.

Next Deadlines:
Poetry: Nov. 29, 2019
Short Story: Dec. 6, 2019 SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE Download an entry form:
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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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Student Contests

Up next . . . our 14th annual student contests
for Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve.

2019/2020 National Student Contests

Poetry Deadline: November 29, 2019
Short-Story Deadline: December 6, 2019

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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)
 
$300
$200
$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 in January (poetry contest) and February (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
School
Student
School
Student
School
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
$80
$80
$50
$50
$25
$25
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: Advice for Writing Stories
http://www.coreygreen.com/storytips.html

Poetry Foundation: Poetry News and Education for Older Students
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/

Mrs. Mitchell's Virtual School: Types of Poems
http://www.kathimitchell.com/poemtypes.html

Rhymezone: Rhyming Dictionary
http://www.rhymezone.com/

Rhymer: Rhyming Dictionary
https://www.rhymer.com/

Ways to Enter

Send entries

   

by 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: Entry Form
Polar Expressions Publishing
 
  PO Box 500 Stn Main  
  Maple Ridge BC V2X 3P2
 
   

We look forward to reading your work!