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Just Write Teen Fiction Writing Contest

by Carrie - 10 Comment(s)

New year, new contest! If you resolved to be a better writer this year, we have a great way to get you started and help you improve your craft.

I’m proud to announce our brand new teen fiction writing contest – Just Write. We have fantastic prizes lined up, including a spot at a weekend writer’s retreat for teens, a one-on-one mentoring session with a local author, a chance to read your work at the flywheel Reading Series, and book prize packs (of course!).

Ready to write? Here’s how it works.

The Prizes:

  • A spot at Drink the Wild Air, a weekend writing retreat for teens run by Young Alberta Writers (Feb. 21-23 at Kamp Kiwanis).
  • A one-on-one mentoring session with local author Jani Krulc.
  • A prize pack of teen books and works by local authors, along with the chance to read at the March session of the flywheel Reading Series put on by filling Station magazine (March 13th at Pages on Kensington).

The Prompts:

To know what was in the shop you had to go inside; the patina of dust on the front window was thick, but once I thought I made out the shape of an owl on the other side of the glass, its wings lifted in frozen flight. (The sentence)

writing prompt

(The picture)

The Rules:

  • This contest is for teens, ages 13-17.
  • You MUST use at least one of the two writing prompts provided above – your work will either include the sentence provided, or be based on the picture (or both).
  • Entries must be no longer than 500 words. Prose, poetry, and graphic/comic formats are all welcome (graphic formats must include some writing).
  • Send your entries to by the end of Saturday, January 25th, 2014.
  • Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced at Calgary Public Library's Writer's Weekend on Saturday, February 1st, 2014.

The End.


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by Carrie

We just posted the contest winners at

by Eve

Where can I go to see to winners? I want to see what they wrote about. :)

by Madi
Hi there. I was just wondering where I could go to find the winners?
by goodness

Yay! thank you :)

by Carrie

Hi Goodnesss,

No problem! Go ahead an enter, but remember, there are only 3 days left - all entries must be received by 11:59 pm on January 25th.

by Goodnesss

I'm twelve but i want to enter!!!

I'm in grade 8 so pleaseeeeeeeeeee can I enter? Plus im turning thirteen this year... pleeeeeease?

by Carrie

Hi Cheska - no, we will announce the winners there but you do not have to attend.

by Cheska

Do we have to be at Writer's Weekend to claim any prizes we might have won?

by Emily

Yes, your 500 words includes the prompt.

by Susie

When it says that your work has a limit of 500 words, does that include the prompt?

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