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

Thousands of students wrote about topics ranging from the climate crisis to surveillance.

Thousands of students wrote about topics ranging from the climate crisis to surveillance

Here are the 20 finalists for the 2019 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 students in Grades 7 to 12 to write the first page of a novel set 150 years in the future.

Students imagined how current day trends — from climate change to data privacy and surveillance — has played out in the year 2169.

The 20 finalists were chosen from nearly 2,000 entries submitted in the fall of 2019 — 1,285 entries were collected from the Grades 7 to 9 category and 702 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

Bestselling YA writer and author Kelley Armstrong will pick a winner in each of the categories. 

Kelley Armstrong is the bestselling author of more than 30 books. (Kathryn Hollinrake)

Her standalone novels include Aftermath and Missing, but she is best known for her Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising series as well as her Cainsville and Otherworld series.

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, plus an additional 50 books for their school libraries.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday March 11, 2020.

The First Page student writing challenge will return in the fall of 2020.

If you're interested in other writing competitions, check out the CBC Literary Prizes.


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