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.

The contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a piece, and congratulations to our finalists!

Thank you to our sponsor:


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.

2017 Final Contest Judge

Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of over twenty books for children and adults. His works have been translated into many languages and have been critically acclaimed around the world. His first children’s novel, The Nose from Jupiter, won the Mr. Christie’s Book Award. His adult novel, Mystical Rose, was a Globe & Mail book of the year.

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