The First Page student writing challenge is now closed

A creative writing challenge for Grades 7 to 12 students. You could win a one-year subscription to OwlCrate and your school libraries will receive 50 free YA books.

The First Page student writing challenge is now closed for submissions.

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Ten finalists from each category will be selected by a team of readers at CBC Books. Finalists will be notified by email in January, depending on the number of submissions received.

Cherie Dimaline will select two winners, one from each category, from the shortlists. Dimaline is the author of the bestselling YA novel The Marrow Thieveswhich won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — text, the 2017 Kirkus Prize for young readers' literature in the U.S. and was defended by Jully Black on Canada Reads 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 winners' school libraries will receive 50 free YA books.

You can read the complete rules and regulations here.

Last year's winners were Sari Warshawsky, in the Grades 7-9 category, for Nameless and Abby Robitaille, in the Grades 10-12 category, for The Greater GoodYou can read all the 2017 finalists' entries here.

THE CHALLENGE: We want Grades 7 to 12 students to give us a glimpse of the great Canadian novel in the year 2168. Your challenge is to write the first page of a novel set 150 years in the future, with your protagonist facing an issue that's topical today and setting the scene for how it's all playing out in a century and a half.

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

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