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Teen Writers: Get Your Awesome on!

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The time is here again for aspiring young authors to put their creative and expressive efforts toward a poem, short story or comic for entry in the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors youth writing contest!

We want you to showcase your work and stretch those writing muscles by joining in writing workshops with established and published authors. Whether you're just starting out, have been writing for years, or simply love to write. Poetry, comic or short story form, we want to hear what you have to say in your own words. Publication and cash prizes await you! 

Take advantage of these workshops designed to help you create your best poem, short story or comic ever:


Writing Workshops:

For ages 13 -18:

Poetry Workshop with Apollo the Child – Ages 13 to 18

Short Story Workshop with Sarah Raughley – Ages 13 to 18

Comics Workshop with Eric Péladeau – Ages 13 to 18

French Language Poetry and Short Story Workshops with Karine Perron – Ages 13 to 18


The deadline for all submissions is February 19, 2019. Entries must be submitted electronically on the contest webpage, or in person at any branch or bookmobile stop. Winning entries will be published in the annual pot-pourri anthology. More detailed information about the Awesome Authors contest and rules can be found online at