Essay Writing Contests Toronto

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you, ” observed the poet Maya Angelou.

Happily, relief is at hand.

Aspiring authors are invited to unburden their pent-up narrative creativity by submitting their literary handiwork to the 34th Toronto Star Short Story Contest, co-sponsored by the Toronto Public Library and the Humber School for Writers.

The winner will receive $5, 000, plus the approximately $3, 000 tuition for Humber’s 30-week writing correspondence program. Second and third runners-up prizes of $2, 000 and $1, 000 will also awarded.

Toronto’s Richelle Kosar won last year for “Citrines, ” a story about a vacationing couple’s encounter with a pair of famous-for-being-famous celebrities.

This year’s jury panel includes Star theatre critic Richard Ouzounian and book review editor Dianne Rinehart, along with Toronto Public Library chief librarian Jane Pyper and writer Jessica Westhead.

“A great short story can change the way you see the world. Suddenly, small details take on huge significance, and everyday exchanges now buzz with tension, ” said Westhead, author of the short story collection And Also Sharks and the novel Pulpy & Midge.

Westhead joined with Giller Prize nominee Sarah Selecky, one of last year’s judges, and Matthew J. Trafford to declare 2011 as the Year of the Short Story.

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Q&A

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Writing contests for teens?

Are there any writing contests for teens that are NOT just for essays? But for actual stories/manuscripts?

Well, I don't think there are any right now, but many YA publishing companies sponsor teen authors, like scholastic. Harper Collins owns inkpop which just merged with figment. If you write a successful story and publish it on figment, you can be noticed by Herper Collins publishers.
Though these contests are closed right now, I think they'll return sometime next year:
Go Teen Writers sometimes has contests for the first 100 words of your novel. If you win a lot over the course of a year, you can get professional critiquings from published authors.