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Looking for the Youth Writing Contest? Below, you will find the link to the #YOUTHWORDS Contest, organized by Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival and sponsored by The Sudbury Star. If you are a high school student in Sudbury who wants to submit to the contest, just click on the link below! Deadline is October 20, 2016.

Ends on October 20, 2016

Once again, Wordstock Sudbury is inviting high school students to participate in a youth writing contest. We have prizes for Best Story/Essay and Best Poem, and publication for the first-place winners.  

This year we are asking writers to show us how you use the four words – sandpaper, journey, anchor and spark – in your submission. 

How to enter: 

Short Story or Essay must be a maximum of 1,500 words and Poems a maximum of 30 lines. 

The contest will be blind-judged, so your submission should not have your name appear on it. However, we will ask you to supply the title of your entry, your name, address, phone number and email address, date of birth and what grade you attend in the submission form. 

No entry fee required. 

Submit by October 20, 2016. Upload your submissions by following the instructions in the form below.


There will be six prizes: 

First Place - Best Short Story/Essay - $100 
Second Place - Short Story/Essay - $75 
Third Place - Short Story/ Essay - $50 

First Place - Best Poem - $100 
Second Place - Poem - $75 
Third Place - Poem  - $50 

 Finalists will be invited to attend the Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival on November 3, 2016 at the Clarion Hotel, Sudbury. First place winners will have their story/essay and poem published (in part) in The Sudbury Star newspaper.