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Young writers: Get your Awesome on! 12 weeks to deadline for this year's Awesome Authors youth writing contest

Dec 4 2018

Ottawa – 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.

OPL calls out to young writers across Ottawa to showcase their work and stretch their writing muscles by joining in writing workshops with established and published authors. The contest is open to Ottawa residents between 9 and 18 years of age; whether they are just starting out, have been writing for years, or simply love to write. Be it poetic, comic, or short story form, we want to hear what our city’s youth have to say in their own words. This year’s cash prize is sure to be an incentive!

Past Awesome Authors winners have found the contest, workshop and writing experience to be motivating and inspiring. Winning entries will be published in the annual pot-pourri anthology.

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


Writing Workshops:

For ages 9 -12:

Poetry Workshop with Apollo the Child – Ages 9 to 12

Short Story Workshop with Catherine Austen – Ages 9 to 12

Comics Workshop with author Éric Péladeau – Ages 9 to 12

French language Poetry and Short Story Workshop with Karine Perron – Ages 9 to 12


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. More detailed information about the Awesome Authors contest and rules can be found online at

Contest winners will be announced and prizes awarded during a ceremony to be held on April 13, 2019 at Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe.

This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) who publish pot-pourri, an annual anthology of the winning Awesome Authors poems, stories and comics. pot-pourri makes a great Christmas gift! To get your copy, visit the FOPLA website at


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