The First Page writing challenge for students is now closed

Students in Grades 7 to 12 were asked to write the first page of an original novel that explores how a current issue or trend has played out in a century and a half.

The First Page student writing challenge is now closed for submissions. Thank you to everyone who entered. Keep this page bookmarked to find out about the finalists and winners over the coming months. Finalists and winners will be directly contacted by CBC Books.

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The challenge? We asked students to give us a glimpse of the great Canadian novel of the year 2167. They wrote the first page of a book set 150 years in the future, with the protagonist facing an issue that's topical today and set 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 pop culture 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 from any literary genre, from mystery or thriller to literary fiction, from adventure or romance to satire or sci-fi.

Two winning entries — one from the Grades 7 to 9 category and one from the Grades 10 to 12 category — 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 winners' school libraries will receive 50 free YA books.

You can read the complete rules and regulations here.

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.

TEACHER GUIDES: Visit for discussion questions and writing tips from Canadian writers, like Erin Bow, Cherie Dimaline, Katherena Vermette, M.G. Vassanji and Vikki VanSickle.

WHEN YOU CAN SUBMIT: This challenge is now closed for 2017.



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