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High school students from the Limestone District School Board and the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board submitted their finest creative writing to Kingston WritersFest’s 9th annual TeensWrite! contest, part of Kingston WritersFest’s Kids & Teens Program. Submissions of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction had to include these five words in any grammatical form: awe, comfort, detect, natural, and relinquish.

Our Educational Mission

Kingston WritersFest is committed to enriching the educational experience for youth in eastern Ontario by providing opportunities for pre-school, elementary, and secondary students to engage with some of Canada’s best writers.

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Check out the 2018 Contest Rules and download the 2018 Entry Form!


2018 Contest Judge

Y S Lee was born in Singapore, raised in Vancouver and Toronto, and lived for a spell in England. Her debut novel, The Agency: A Spy in the House, about a mixed-race girl detective in Victorian London, won the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s inaugural John Spray Mystery Award. The Agency tetralogy continues with The Body at the Tower, The Traitor and the Tunnel, and Rivals in the City. Ying earned a Ph.D. in Victorian literature and culture from Queen’s University. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

2018 Contest Judge

Eric Folsom is a New England-born Canadian and he has been a Kingston resident for more than 40 years.  He is a locally known poet and the author of several books including Poems for Little Cataraqui, IconDriven, and most recently Le Loutre. As well as working on Quarry and Next Exit magazines, he organized numerous readings and workshops in Kingston, notably the Cargo Kulture series at Modern Fuel.  He is a longtime member of the League of Canadian Poets and served a four-year term as Kingston’s first Poet Laureate. A father of two sons, he also identifies as a bisexual man.

2018 Final Contest Judge

Sandra Gulland is an American-born Canadian novelist. She is the author of the internationally bestselling trilogy of novels based on the life of Josephine Bonaparte: The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe, which was a finalist for the Trillium Award; The Last Great Dance on Earth, as well atwo novels set in the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King: The Shadow Queen and Mistress of the Sun. To date, Gulland’s novels have been published in nineteen countries and translated into sixteen languages. The Game of Hope is her first novel for young adults.

2018 TeensWrite! Contest Finalists

Congratulations to our TeensWrite! finalists.

Junior: Corrin Lewis, grade 10, Bayridge Secondary School; Natalie Messerschmidt, grade 9, Frontenac Secondary School
Senior: Wren Scobie, grade 12, Granite Ridge Education Centre; Clara Sonnemann, grade 12, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School

Click on their story titles to read their submissions:

Corrin Lewis

The Visitor

Natalie Messerschmidt

A Twisted Reality

Wren Scobie

The Next Episode

Clara Sonnemann

The Survivors