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Write On!

Write On! Tween Contest

Okay, writers - here's your 2017 story writing challenge! Take a look at this photo. How does it spark your imagination? What is the story that Now. Must. Be. Told. We can't wait to read it!


About the Contest

Do you have a story to tell? Here's a great way to improve your writing skills – and best of all – it's a contest where everyone wins something!

To enter the contest, you must:

  • be a resident of Burlington or attend a school in Burlington
  • be in grade 4, 5, or 6 in the September 2016-2017 school year

Entry Details

The contest runs June 1 to July 31, with July 31 being the final day to submit your story. You must include a completed Write On! entry form with your story.

  • one short story per person inspired by this photowriting quote
  • maximum 1,000 words
  • story must be unpublished original work
  • no fan fiction

Entries may be submitted electronically. An MS Word .doc or .docx files is preferred. Or, you may submit your story in hard copy at the information desk at your local library branch.


  • Typed double-spaced with a white 8-1/2" x 11" page layout.
  • Story title must be on the first page of the story only.
  • Do not include a title page.
  • Number the pages.
  • Entries are judged anonymously; please do not put your name anywhere on your work.

Email instructions

  • Electronic entries must be emailed as attachments to, with "Write On!" as the message subject.
  • Please use your own email address on the entry form, not your school's email address.
  • Each email will include two attachments:
    1. completed entry form
    2. one story
  • Each submission will be confirmed by email when received.

Prizes!quote by william faulkner

EVERY participant has the opportunity to get feedback from the contest judge, local author Jennifer Maruno AND receive a certificate to show your friends. Prize categories:

  • Judge Jen's Choice
  • CEO Moe's Choice
  • Best Story to Make Into a Movie/TV Show
  • Best Story to Grow Up Into a Novel
  • Story with the Best Surprise Ending
  • Story with the Best Broken Heart


All participants have the chance to win a spot at the Write On! Workshop with Jennifer Maruno on Sat November 4, where you will learn tips on improving your writing craft and have the chance to read part of your story to the group. Prize winners will be announced at the end of the writing workshop.

The fine print

The judge's decision is final.

By entering this contest, you give permission to BPL to use your name (first name and first initial of your last name only) for promotion purposes on the Library's print, visual, or electronic/online media.

About the Judge

Jennifer Marunojennifer maruno

Educator, researcher, and author, Jennifer Maruno knows stories provide much more than just entertainment. From the pages of Canadian history, she creates novels empathetic to those who have experienced the darker side of our past.  Maruno's understanding of the importance of cultural identity has brought The Cherry Blossom series, based on the Japanese Internment; Warbird, a novel of Jesuit life among the Huron people; Kid Soldier, the story of an underage soldier during WW2; and Totem, a boy seeking family history from the confines of a residential school.

A member of CANSCAIP and THE WRITERS UNION OF CANADA she enjoys working with young writers when she is not weeding her Burlington garden or writing.