TeensWrite! is sponsored by

High School Students are invited to submit an original poem, short story or creative non-fiction piece of writing to Kingston WritersFest’s 8th annual writing contest for high school students. Your entry needs to include these five words in any grammatical form: allow, contrast, demonstrate, memory, and streaming.

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.

Download the 2017 TeensWrite! Contest Guidelines and Application Form.

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2017 Contest Judge

Julie Salverson writes nonfiction, theatre, opera and scholarly essays. Her recent book is Lines of Flight, an atomic memoir (2016 Wolsak & Wynn) and she teaches at the Dan School of Drama and Music, Queen’s University.

2017 Contest Judge

Carla Douglas is a Kingston writer and editor. She is co-author of the Don’t Panic literacy series for high school students and, more recently, You’ve Got Style: A Writer’s Guide to Copyediting.

2016 TeensWrite! Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to Mike Dean, winner in the Senior category, and Ava Waugh, winner in the Junior category. Congratulations, too, to finalists Brianna Guimond and Hannah Wannamaker. Click on their story titles to read their submissions:

Senior Category Winner

Junior Category Winner
Seaweed on the Dock