New CBC creative writing challenge invites students to imagine Canada's future in 150 years
The First Page is a brand new creative writing challenge for students in Grades 7 to 12, created by CBC Books.
The challenge? We want students to give us a glimpse of the great Canadian novel of the year 2167. Write the first page of a book set 150 years in the future, with the protagonist facing an issue that's topical today and setting the scene for how it's all playing out in a century and a half.
How will the world leaders of today impact the world of tomorrow? Who will be the biggest name in popculture in the future? How will climate change impact the protagonist's life, where he or she lives, the struggles he or she is facing? (Oh, and speaking of he/she — does gender even exist in 150 years?)
The book could be any literary genre, from mystery or thriller to literary fiction, from adventure or romance to satire or sci-fi.
Two winning entries will be chosen by award-winning YA writer Erin Bow, author of The Scorpion Rules.
Both winners will receive a one-year subscription to OwlCrate, which sends fresh boxes of books to young readers across Canada on a monthly basis. In addition, each of the winner's school libraries will receive 50 free YA books.
WHAT YOU CAN WRITE: Your entry can be 300-400 words in length. Your entry also needs a title, but the title is not included in the word limit. Your entry can be written in any genre.
WHO CAN ENTER: This contest is open to all Canadian residents who are full time students enrolled in Grades 7 to 12. Entries will be judged in two age categories: Grades 7 to 9 and Grades 10 to 12.
WHEN YOU CAN SUBMIT: This challenge is open to submissions from Nov. 9, 2017 starting at 9:00 a.m. ET and closes on Nov. 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. ET.
HAVE QUESTIONS? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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