20 students from across Canada shortlisted for The First Page student writing challenge

Thousands of students in Grades 7 to 12 wrote about topics ranging from the ethics of advanced technology to climate change and the legalization of marijuana.

Thousands of students wrote about topics ranging from the ethics of technology to climate change

Here are the 20 finalists for the 2018 The First Page student writing challenge. (Submitted by finalists)

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

Grades 10 to 12 category finalists

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.

The First Page will return in the fall of 2018. CBC Books' next student writing competition is the Shakespeare Selfie student writing challenge, which will open in April 2019.

If you're interested in other writing competitions, check out the CBC Literary Prizes. The CBC Nonfiction Prize is currently open and accepting submissions until Feb. 28, 2019.


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