Here is the shortlist for The First Page student writing challenge
Thousands of students in Grades 7 to 12 wrote about topics ranging from climate change to net neutrality
CBC Books asked students from coast to coast to give us a glimpse of the great Canadian novel of the year 2167, presenting how current-day trends and issues have evolved in 150 years. Over 2,400 young writers responded with their ideas on climate change, gender equality, net neutrality, the threat of nuclear war and many other pressing subjects.
Here are the best 20 first pages, as chosen by a team of readers at CBC Books — 10 in the Grades 7 to 9 category and 10 in the Grades 10 to 12 category. You can read these entries below.
Grades 7 to 9 category finalists
- Post-War Privation by Zoya Anwar from Regina, Sask.
- The Test for Humanity by Henna Cho from Calgary, Alta.
- Count Down by Teaghan Fetherstonhaugh from Calgary Alta.
- Love Forgotten by Ganga Kandanchatha from Oakville, Ont.
- Subjects by Alexa Loo from White Rock, B.C.
- Underground Artist by Henry Nguyen from Vancouver, B.C.
- Finding Out Who I Am by Mikaylah Ramos from Winnipeg, Man.
- Planet X by Schuyler Siewe from Calgary, Alta.
- Nameless by Sari Warshawsky from Montreal, Que.
- Trapped by Ethan Zheng from Guelph, Ont.
Grades 10 to 12 category finalists
- Canada 300 by Anik Babul from Richmond Hill, Ont.
- Data Wars by Trent Baker from Summerside, P.E.I.
- The Galaxy Rover by Elessia Cantara from Montreal, Que.
- Slowly by Emma Cole from St. John's, N.L.
- Fuel to the Fire by Oghenetega Eriavbe from Calgary, Alta.
- The Girl Who Stole the Light by Kyla Kijewski from Whitehorse, Yukon
- Willingly Immured by Melissa McAllister from Brossard, Que.
- The Churchill Hotel by Nicholas Onorato from Toronto, Ont.
- The Greater Good by Abby Robitaille from Oakville, Ont.
- Where the Water Runs Red by Claire Trotter from Mississauga, Ont.
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. She talked about the shortlist with Tom Power on q (listen below).
The winner will be announced on q on Jan. 22, 2018. 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' schools will receive 50 YA books.