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Write a story that takes the reader on an adventure from Canada to Mexico! 

Who can enter the contest?  

Students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6.  Children are eligible if they fall into one of the three following categories: 

  • Students in CSL 
  • Library Members 
  • Residents of CSL 

When is the deadline?  

The deadline to submit your story is Monday, January 31, 2022. 

What can I write?  

  • This year’s writing prompt is inspired by the library’s Butterfly Garden and the City’s Monarch Butterfly Initiative. Write a story that takes the reader on an adventure from Canada to Mexico! 
  • 1,000 words or less (about 4 pages double-spaced), typed or hand-written very neatly 
  • English or French 

How Do I Submit My Story? 

  1. E-mail your story to  Ariane Smoley, the Children’s Services Coordinator, at with the subject “Writing Contest” OR bring neatly hand-written stories to the Youth Department at the Library. 
  2. Fill out and submit the cover sheet 
  3. Fill out and submit the photo model release form.
  4. Fill out and submit the release form for written work.

What Happens Next?  

Your story will be judged on creativity and originality, writing style, and structure. 

There will be 1 winner per school grade (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade).  Winners will be announced in the weeks following the deadline, and their work will be published in a magazine by the library! 

Prizes will be awarded to winning stories. 

2019 Young Writers’ Contest: The Write Place Magazine, Canadian Writers’ Society

2020 Young Writers’ Contest Magazine