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Provincial creative writing contest

Provincial poetry and short story writing competition for students from Grade 9 to Grade 12

In each category, a professional jury selects three finalists.

​All finalists receive :

  • a writing workshop with a Frye Festival author
  • publication of your poem or short story online
  • a cash prize awarded during Soirée Frye
  • First place : $ 250
  • Second place : $150
  • Third place : $ 100


Participating is free and easy :

Please submit your text to Nathalie Goguen by email with your name, your email, the name of your school and grade level to ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The texts will be evaluated based on these criteria :

  • Organisation and style
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Vocabulary and spelling
  • Quality of content and ideas
  • Presentation and respect of contest instructions
  • 600 to 800 words for the short stories or 150 to 300 words for the poems

Suggested Themes:
  • All eyes are on me
  • Secret smile
  • Next year, maybe...
  • “When she stamped her foot, it made a strange thud on the desolate beach. Like a heartbeat.” - David Adams Richards
  • “This story of the loss and regaining of identity is, I think, the framework of all literature.” - Northrop Frye