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Ontario’s young writers show why they’re Super Citizens
in second annual Super Stories Contest launching today!

• Presented by TVOKids and the International Festival of Authors, in partnership with the Ontario Library Association
• Contest starts August 26 and closes October 3, 2010
• Visit tvokids.com for entry and prizing details


Toronto, August 26, 2010 — TVOKids, the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) and the Ontario Library Association are asking Ontario’s young writers what they would do to make the world a greener place with the second annual Super Stories Contest. Kids in grades K-8 in Ontario can submit a story for the chance to read their story on stage at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto!

The contest takes its cue from The League of Super Citizens, the TVOKids’ program for grade school children about a group of superheroes who promote good citizenship. To enter, kids must write, in 75 words or less, a story with the following story starter and it’s up to them to write the ending:

The Super Citizens were wondering what they should do with the garbage that had piled up around them when Enviro Girl said…”

Participating public and school librarians throughout the province will be on hand to give kids help and guidance with their entries.

The contest is open to all children in Ontario and is divided into three categories: Grades K-1; Grades 2-3; and Grades 4-6 . Entries can be submitted online at tvokids.com, handed to a school or public librarian, or mailed in. The address for all mailed submissions can be found at tvokids.com.

The contest carries two types of prizing: the first type is a random draw held Tuesday, October 5 in which three winners, one from each category, will win an electronic reading device. In the second, an IFOA/OLA committee will judge entries based on imagination, spelling and punctuation and select three young authors to win a trip to Toronto to read at one of three YoungIFOA events in Toronto taking place October 26, 28 and 29. The three random draw prize winners plus the three YoungIFOA winners will be announced online at TVOKids.com on Tuesday, October 12.

A random selection of all entries will be profiled on Super Citizens Story of the Day on tvokids.com.

For complete rules, submission requirements and prizing info, visit tvokids.com.


About TVO
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information, visit tvo.org.

About IFOA & YoungIFOA
YoungIFOA is the offshoot of Canada’s premier literary festival: the International Festival of Authors (IFOA). It offers school groups grades K–8 a full-day programme including one author reading/Q&A event and one book-making workshop. This year’s YoungIFOA runs October 26, 28 and 29 at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto as part of the 31st annual IFOA (October 20–30, 2010). Programme details are available at www.readings.org.


About OLA
The Ontario Library Association (OLA) creates programs, advocacy and promotion for its more than 5,000 members in college, public school and university libraries across Ontario. The mission of the
OLA is to foster free public access to information and to promote Canada’s history and culture through the programs and services of the libraries of Ontario. For more information about the OLA, please visit www.accessola.com.

Where to find TVO
Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Rogers HD channel 580 (in the GTA), Bell TV channel 265, Shaw Direct channel 353.

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Media Contacts:

Andrea Fraser
TVO Marketing
416.484.2600 x 2080
anfraser@tvo.org


Lindsay Gulin
International Festival of Authors Communications
416.973.4395
lgulin@harbourfrontcentre.com
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