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50+ Short Story Contest

Note: The 50+ Short Story Contest will not run in 2019.


The 50+ Short Story Contest 2018 winners are:

English titles: 

  • Annie by Mona Lawson
  • Beijing Spring by Ivy Lerner-Frank
  • The Bracelet by Hilary J. Robinson
  • Imaginary Girl by Karen McPherson
  • Reminiscences for Rosie by Ruth Latta
  • The Seeds by Brian McCullough
  • Short Order by Thomas E. Whalen


French titles:

  • Chez moi par Michèle Demers
  • Requiem pour Zacharie par Monique Lafrenière
  • Trois vendredis.  En voix-off par Christiane Bernier



About the 50+ Short Story Contest:

  • Participants must be 50 years of age or older and possess a valid library card .
  • Participants may submit up to two stories in English or French.
  • Stories must be original and unpublished works of a single author.
  • Stories must be no more than 2000 words in length.
  • Submissions will be accepted between April 2 and May 31, 2018.
  • Submissions will not be returned to participants.

Preparing your entry:

  • Your story must be typed (not handwritten).
  • The story’s title should appear on every page of the story.
  • Ensure that your name does not appear on any of the story’s pages.

Submitting your entry:

  1. Submit your story online at  BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/en/50plus. (No cover letter required.)
  2. Submit your story by mail or in person at any Library branch or Bookmobile stop:
  • Attach a cover sheet to each submission that includes:

    • Your name, address, and telephone number
    • Your library card number
    • Your e-mail address (optional)
    • The story’s title and its length (in words and in  pages)
  • Direct the submission to:

Ottawa Public Library
50+ Short Story Contest
Attn: Sheri Riviere
Main branch, 5th floor, 120 Metcalfe, Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2

  • Postmark your entry by May 31, 2018.

Get writing tips:  

  • Register for a workshop hosted by a local author, and contest judge!

Wednesday, April 4, 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Michèle Vinet (in French)
St-Laurent branch


Wednesday, April 25, 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Deborah-Anne Tunney (in English)
Main branch


Tuesday, May 1, 2:30 pm. to 4 pm
Deborah-Anne Tunney (in English)
Blackburn Hamlet branch


Friday, May 4, 3 pm to 4 pm
Peter Schotchmer (in English)
Alta Vista branch


Monday, May 7, 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Michèle Vinet (in French)
Orléans branch


Wednesday, May 9, 10 am to 11 am
Michèle Vinet (in French)
Le Patro d’Ottawa, 40 Cobourg


Thursday, May 10 - 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Michèle Vinet (in English)

The Good Companions

Senior Centre Without Walls

Phone-in workshop


Saturday, May 12, 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Peter Scotchmer
Carlingwood branch



  • Contest winners will be announced June 29, 2018.
  • Prizes will be awarded during an afternoon of storytelling in the fall.

Log in to submit your entry

Age Group: 
Adults 50-plus