20 students from across Canada shortlisted for The First Page student writing challenge
Thousands of students wrote about topics ranging from the ethics of technology to climate change
Twenty young writers from across Canada have been chosen as finalists for The First Page student writing challenge, which asked Grades 7 to 12 students to write the first page of a novel set 150 years in the future.
Students imagined how current affairs events and trends — from the ethics of advanced technology to climate change and the legalization of marijuana — has played out in the year 2168.
The 20 finalists were chosen from nearly 2,400 entries submitted in the fall of 2018 — 1,736 entries were collected from the Grades 7 to 9 category and 660 entries from the Grades 10 to 12 category.
You can read the shortlisted entries below.
Grades 7 to 9 category finalists
- Sandstorm by Aniruddh Aragola, 14, from Winnipeg, Man.
- Evolved by Jessica Bosanac, 13, from North York, Ont.
- Cat and Mouse by Jacob Czypull, 14, from Calgary, Alta.
- Focus by Evangeline Dorval,14, from Calgary, Alta.
- What I Left Behind by Owen Fitzpatrick, 11, from Ottawa, Ont.
- Through my robotic eyes by Lucie Koesen, 14, from Toronto, Ont.
- The Floating City by Bonnie Lu, 14, from Victoria, B.C.
- Teleportation Gone Wrong by Jialin Luo, 12, from Kingston, Ont.
- Neptune by Manuel Quiambao, 15, from Mississauga, Ont.
- Taxidermied by Stella Xia, 13, from Mississauga, Ont.
Grades 10 to 12 category finalists
- The Turn of a New Leaf by Lukas Coossa, 15, from Bolton, Ont.
- UnderCity by Foxx Gilberds, 17, from Whitehorse, Yukon
- Gnarled Glitches by Yulin Harley, 15, from Winnipeg, Man.
- Tagged by Aminah Khan, 16, from Windsor, Ont.
- Life Hack by Kyra Leroux, 16, from Coquitlam, B.C.
- Greater Than Or Equal To by Peter Ola Paul, 16, from Winnipeg, Man.
- The Only Difference by Katelyn Snell, 17, from Richmond, B.C.
- The Incendiary Division by Carter Tsui, 16, from Coquitlam, B.C.
- Fly Fledgling Fly by Benjamin Wexler, 16, from Montreal, Que.
- Hello, My Name Is___ by Alison Wong, 17, from Winnipeg, Man.
Cherie Dimaline, author of the bestselling book The Marrow Thieves, will pick a winner in each of the categories. The winners will receive one year of OwlCrate, a book subscription service, and 50 books for their school libraries.
The winners will be announced on Feb. 22, 2019.