The First Page student writing challenge is now closed
The First Page student writing challenge is now closed for submissions.
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The judging process is ongoing. Ten finalists from each category will be selected by a team of readers at CBC Books. Finalists will be notified by email in February 2021.
David A. Robertson will select two winners, one from each category, from the shortlists. Robertson is a Cree writer from Winnipeg who writes books for readers of all ages. He has published 25 books across a variety of genres, including the graphic novels Will I See? and Sugar Falls, a Governor General's Literary Award-winning picture book called When We Were Alone, illustrated by Julie Flett, and the YA book Strangers.
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 books.
Last year's winners were Greenfield Park, Que.'s Juliana Narváez Gutierrez for No Choice and Kamloops, B.C.'s Leonardo Mete for Below Zero, Above Thirty-Two. You can read all the 2019 finalists' entries here.
THE CHALLENGE: We asked Grades 7 to 12 students to give us a glimpse of the great Canadian novel in the year 2170. 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 Curio.ca for discussion questions and writing tips from Canadian writers, like Cory Doctorow, Linwood Barclay, Fonda Lee, Cherie Dimaline, Erin Bow, Katherena Vermette and M.G. Vassanji.
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