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Young writers celebrated at the Awesome Authors Awards

Mar 28 2018

Ottawa –Young Ottawa writers and their tremendous talents were applauded yesterday on the main stage of Centrepointe Theatres at the 2018 awards ceremony for the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors youth writing contest. Awards went to aspiring young writers between the ages of 9 and 17 in the categories of poetry, short story, and comics. The contest lasted from December 2017 through February 2018 and included workshops with local authors who shared their enthusiasm and knowledge about their craft with participating teens and kids.

The annual contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA). This year, 400 thoughtful entries were received from participants. Local authors Éric Péladeau, Michel Lavoie, Katherine Battersby, Catherine Austen, and local spoken word artist Apollo the Child delivered writing workshops during the contest period, and judged the contest entries.

“OPL’s Awesome Authors contest is a terrific way to reach young people across the city and spur on their creativity and unique voices. These Awesome Authors inspire us every year with their insights, imagination, and talent! Thank you to the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library (FOPLA) for sponsoring Awesome Authors, which provides this fantastic learning opportunity every year to hundreds of students,” said Tim Tierney, Chair of the OPL Board and Councillor for Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward.

Here is the list of winners, organized by writing category, including each winner’s name, the title of their winning work, their age, their school, and their standing.


2017-2018 Awesome Authors Contest Winners




Ages 9 – 11


1st Place                 

Jameela Ellaithy (Age 10), Pink

Jack Donohue Public School


2nd PlaceGaby (Age 11), Sun Rise Elgin Street Public School


3rd PlaceClara Gragg (Age 11), The Lake Manor Park Public School


Honourable  Mention 1

Simone Gulati (Age 9), I am an Inunnguaq Elmwood School


Honourable Mention 2Ethan Podolsky (Age 10), I Remember When Knoxdale Public School


Honourable Mention 3Kate Peters (Age 11), The Car Crash of the Century Elgin Street Public School



Ages 12 – 14


1st PlaceTeagan Yee (Age 14), Flow Cairine Wilson Secondary School


2nd PlaceJulia Dolansky-Overland (Age 14), The End Bell High School


3rd PlaceAnna Junek (Age 12), I am Broadview Public School


Honourable Mention 1Alyson Moncur-Beer (Age 12), Greed or Green? Glashan Public School


Honourable Mention 2Francine Stripinis (Age 13), Reflection Lisgar Collegiate Institute


Honourable Mention 3

Williams Thottungal (Age 12), Importance of our Education in our Generation Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School



Ages 15 – 17


1st PlaceAmy Li (Age 17), A is for Asian Canterbury High School


2nd PlaceIsabella M. Crysler (Age 16), I'm Happy I Met You Nepean High School


3rd PlaceJessica Le (Age 17), Conversations for the Visible Colonel By Secondary School


Honourable Mention 1Zoé Roy-Stang (Age 16), Changed My Mind Garneau High School


Honourable Mention 2Camille Rochon (Age 17), Time and Distance Collège catholique Samuel-Genest


Honourable Mention 3Anna Berglas (Age 15), My Youngest Brother Nepean High School





Ages 9 – 11


1st PlaceMu'minah Sheikh (Age 10), The Mystery of the Green Blobs Al-Furqan School


2nd PlaceMaylea Alain (Age 11), To be free again          École élémentaire publique Le Prélude


3rd PlacePoojithya Adikari (Age 11), Pen to Paper Stephen Leacock Public School

Honourable  Mention 1Owen Fitzpatrick (Age 11), Every Second Hilson Public School


Honourable  Mention 2Elizabeth Hentschel (Age 11), The Wolves and the Deer Featherston Drive Public School

Honourable  Mention 3Tabeeb Ahmed Howlader (Age 11), You Handed Me The Gun Jack Donohue Public School



Ages 12 – 14


1st PlaceLeeah Sullivan (Age 12), A Trespasser in Time Homeschooled


2nd PlaceMaleeka Ellaithy (Age 13), Oscar and Alphonse West Carleton Secondary School


3rd PlaceLuna Lucia Lopez-Andrews (Age 12), The Harsh Reality Blowing in the Snow Homeschooled


Honourable Mention 1Emily Liu (Age 12), Flight to Freedom Vincent Massey Public School


Honourable Mention 2Meredith Sy (Age 12), The Chase (an excerpt) Westboro Academy


Honourable Mention 3Marina Sweezie (Age 13), Home Vincent Massey Public School



Ages 15 - 17


1st PlaceAnna R. Berglas (Age 15), Mirrors In Eyes Nepean High School          


2nd PlaceSarah Ham (Age 17), Adrift John McCrae Secondary School


3rd PlaceJuliana Morewood (Age 15), Blood Test Glebe Collegiate Institute


Honourable  Mention 1Ian McCall (Age 16), The Secret Council's Plan St. Peter's High School


Honourable  Mention 2Lila Ndinsil (Age 17), Cruel Words École secondaire publique Louis-Riel


Honourable  Mention 3Vikram Nijhawan     (Age 17), Tigris Roses Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School





Ages 9 - 11


1st PlaceElizabeth Pickell (Age 11), A VERY cold day Ottawa Montessori School


2nd Place    

Amy Kim (Age 11), Breakfast Puns

Knoxdale Public School


3rd PlaceSienna James (Age 9), Turtle Forgets Again! Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School


Honourable Mention       

Ivanka Hrycaj (Age 11), Sudden Stop

École élémentaire catholique Lamoureux



Ages 12 - 14


1st Place     

Alison Feltmate (Age 14), Pluto

St. Peter Catholic High School



2nd Place    

Celina Lupson (Age 14), Generations

École secondaire catholique Pierre Savard


3rd Place

Océane Frazier-Spooner (Age 12), How to Deal with Flirting

École élémentaire publique Le Prélude


Honourable Mention       

Maya Creede-Penna (Age 13), Boy problems

École secondaire publique De La Salle



Ages 15 – 17


1st Place     

Nourjehan Faris (Age 17), Ping! Independent Learning Center     


2nd PlaceRaneem Abouseta (Age 15), Piece of Cake! St. Joseph Catholic High School


3rd Place     

Lila Ndinsil (Age 17), The Perfect Recipe

École secondaire publique Louis- Reil


Honourable MentionGrace Gao (Age 15), Making Pancakes Colonel By Secondary School





9 – 11 ans


1er prixMiriam Zdunich (Age 11), La symphonie de l'automne École élémentaire Sainte-Geneviève


2e prixLucy Charbonneau (Age 10), Sauver la Terre École élémentaire publique Julie Payette



12 – 14 ans


1er prix                     Isabelle Guillemette (Age 13), Vivant École secondaire publique De La Salle


2e prixAlice Liu (Age 13), Émotions colorées École élémentaire et secondaire publique Maurice-Lapointe


3e prixFrancine Stripinis (Age 13), Renaissance Lisgar Collegiate Institute



15 – 17 ans


1er prixSarah Ham (Age 17), La fable du lapin John McCrae Secondary School


2e prixRebecca Kempe (Age 15), Quelle tristesse que d'avoir perdu l'amitié Canterbury High School






9 – 11 ans


1er prixClaire Guillemette (Age 11), L'éclair École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Geneviève


2e prixEsther Nobossi (Age 11), Un amour éternel Chapman Mills Public School


3e prixGenevieve DiPerna (Age 11), Le voisin Ottawa Montessori School



12 – 14 ans


1er prixCelina Lupson (Age 14), La dernière toile École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard


2e prixAlice Liu (Age 13), Le clone «différent» École élémentaire et secondaire publique Maurice-Lapointe



15 – 17 ans


1er prixSarah Ham (Age 17), Le parieur John McCrae Secondary School


2e prixLila Ndinsil (Age 17), Mouton noir École secondaire publique Louis-Riel


3e prixZoé Roy-Stang (Age 16), Chute École secondaire catholique Garneau






9 – 11 ans


1er prix

John Haas (Age 11), Poisson d'avril

Bridlewood Community Elementary School


2e prix

Claire Guillemette (Age 11), Un sacrifice pour une bonne cause

École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Geneviève


3e prix                      

Sèna Rose Greig (Age 9), À la corde

École élémentaire catholique Terre-des-jeunes



12 – 14 ans


1er prix

Celina Lupson (Age 14), Les risques d'habiter à côté de la centrale nucléaire Fukushima

École secondaire catholique Pierre- Savard


2e prix

Ellen Chan (Age 12), L'eveil du Volcan

Earl of March Intermediate School


3e prix

Alice Liu (Age 13), Mon papa boit (inspiré par Le Petit Prince)

École élémentaire et secondaire publique Maurice-Lapointe


15 – 17 ans


1er prix

Lila Ndinsil (Age 17), Un vrai bordel

École secondaire publique Louis- Riel

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