Teen Writing Contest - Winners 2020

BPL's annual writing contest for teens is an opportunity for local young people to explore their world through storytelling. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year's contest! The Library gratefully acknowledges and thanks this year's panel of judges who took on this difficult task with such great enthusiasm: Jennifer Mook-Sang, Tomy Bewick, and Christopher Chamberlain.

2020 Winners

Short Stories

Grade 7 to 9

  • First Place: Trapped by Conor Gross
  • 2nd Place: Don't Walk Through the Forest Alone by Kaiya Shaw

Grade 10 to 12

  • First Place: Golden Grass Path by Eniola Qlutunfese 
  • Second Place: It is Very Easy to Steal from the Dead by Katrine Stulikova


Grade 7 to 9

  • First Place: Suppressed by Emilie Lemmer​
  • Second Place: As You Swim Underneath by Melissa Er

Grade 10 to 12

  • First Place: Halo by Arlette Mamo
  • Second Place: What He Did by Trinity Svoljsak


Grade 7 to 9

  • First Place: Analie by Shifa Zubairi
  • Second Place: Utopialand by Melissa Er

Grade 10 to 12

  • First Place: The End of the Rainbow by Jordan Kurpita
  • Second Place: Greed​ by Minahil Taufiq​

We invite teens to get inspired by reading the recent winning entries and to take part in BPL's Teen Writing Contest next year. All creative works are the property of the writers; no portion of any story or poem may be published in any format without prior consent of the writer.

Questions? Please contact Deepti Mahajan, Community & Programming Librarian, Youth, at 905.639.3611 ext 1917.

Read the winning short stories

Read the winning poems

Read the winning comics

About the Teen Writing Contest