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Submissions now being accepted for CBC First Page Student Writing Challenge

CBC contest
Montreal - Thursday, November 5, 2020

The  CBC First Page Student Writing Challenge is officially open for submissions!

Here are the details that CBC has shared with the English Montreal School Board:

THE CHALLENGE:  Grades 7 to 11 students are being asked to provide a glimpse of the great Canadian novel in the year 2170. Your challenge is to write the first page of a novel set 150 years in the future, with your protagonist facing an issue that's topical today and setting the scene for how it's all playing out in a century and a half.

WHAT YOU CAN WRITE: Entries can be 300-400 words in length. Your entry also needs a title, but the title is not included in the word limit. Entries can be written in any genre.

WHO CAN ENTER: This contest is open to all Canadian residents who are full-time students enrolled in Grades 7 to 12. Entries will be judged in two age categories: Grades 7 to 9 and Grades 10 to 12. 

WHO IS JUDGING: David A. Robertson will select two winners, one from each category, from the shortlists. Robertson is a Governor General's Literary Award-winning Cree writer from Winnipeg who writes books for readers of all ages.
Ten finalists from each category will be selected for the shortlist by a team of readers at CBC Books. 

WHAT YOU CAN WIN: Both winners will receive a one-year subscription to OwlCrate, which sends fresh boxes of books to young readers across Canada on a monthly basis. In addition, each winners' school libraries will receive 50 free YA books.

WHEN IT CLOSES: The challenge will be accepting submissions until Nov. 26, 2020 at 6 p.m. ET. Finalists will be notified by email in early 2021. 

For more information contact Ashly July at 416-205-3164 or by email at

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