The First Page student writing challenge is now closed for 2019

We are no longer accepting entries for The First Page student writing challenge.
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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 February, depending on the number of submissions received.

Kelley Armstrong will select two winners, one from each category, from the shortlists. Armstrong is the author of over 40 books, including the bestselling young adult series the Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising. Most recently, she published the YA book Aftermath, the middle-grade novel A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying and the adult thriller Alone in the Wild.

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.

You can read the complete rules and regulations here.

Last year's winners were Stella Xia, in the Grades 7-9 category, for Taxidermied, and Peter Ola Paul, in the Grades 10-12 category, for Greater Than or Equal To. You can read all the 2018 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 2169. 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 Linwood Barclay, Fonda Lee, Cherie Dimaline, Erin Bow, Katherena Vermette and M.G. Vassanji.

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