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High School Students are invited to submit their finest creative writing to Kingston WritersFest’s 9th annual TeensWrite! contest, part of Kingston WritersFest’s Kids & Teens Program. Students may submit a piece of writing in any genre: fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction (essay or memoir). One entry per student.

Your entry needs to include these five words in any grammatical form: awe, comfort, detect, natural, and relinquish.

Students must submit the following to their English teacher or Teacher-Librarian: Completed Contest Entry Form and Titled Final draft with five words underlined. Home-schooled students can also submit directly to

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.

Get Started!

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.

2017 TeensWrite! Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to our TeensWrite! finalists.

Senior Finalists : Moira Bergeron and Caitlin McAllister, Junior Finalists: Ché Breadner and Corrin Lewis

Click on their story titles to read their submissions:

Moira Bergeron

The Blue Sweater

Caitlin McAllister

If I Die Before I Wake