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IFOA Ontario & Open Book: Ontario present a writing competition for students

TORONTO, September 4, 2013 — IFOA’s touring programme, IFOA Ontario, is proud to once again present Write Across Ontario, a creative writing competition for middle grade and high school students across the province. The competition is generously supported by Open Book: Ontario. Students in grades 5 to 12 will write a story using the story-starter provided for their age group by one of four well-known authors. This year, Kevin Sylvester will provide the story-starter for grades 5–6, Richard Scrimger will write one for grades 7–8, Lesley Livingston will cover grades 9–10 and Dionne Brand will create the story-starter for grades 11–12. The story-starter is used as a place for students to begin their story, but where the story goes from there is in the hands of each individual.

Stories should be between 250–500 words, not including the story-starter. One submission per student will be accepted from September 4, 2013 until the contest closing date of November 8, 2013. Entries will be judged by IFOA in conjunction with Open Book: Ontario. One winner will be chosen from each age group for a total of four (4) winners who will each receive $500 and the opportunity to have their work published online in the Open Book Magazine.

Write Across Ontario is inspired by a similar contest presented by one of IFOA’s Word Alliance partners, the Melbourne Writers Festival. The Word Alliance is a collaboration between literary festivals around the globe, which aims to present the best authors to international audiences at events worldwide.

Complete rules, submission requirements and prizing info can be found on

About Open Book: Ontario
Open Book: Ontario celebrates Ontario's vibrant literary scene. Open Book is committed to showcasing the outstanding range and quality of contemporary Canadian writing in Ontario. Through features and profiles, Open Book invites you to get to know the places and people connected to reading and writing in the province. For more information, visit

About IFOA Ontario
IFOA’s touring programme, IFOA Ontario, partners with libraries, bookstores, universities and community organizations to present the best writers of contemporary literature across the province. Events include readings, interviews, lectures, round table discussions and public book signings. Visit to find out more.


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