March 21, 2018

Eden Mills Writers' Festival: 2018 Poetry Contests for young people

Eden Mills Writers' Festival, one of Canada's foremost literary festivals, will be celebrating 30 years of wonderful readings by and discussion panels with Canadian authors of literature.  But the Eden Mills Writers' Festival offers more than an extraordinary contingent of authors whose words fill our idyllic valley just outside of Guelph. It also hosts a number of writing contests, two of which target children and young adults.

For each contest, a Canadian resident may submit one poem no longer than a single page by the May 30, 2018 deadline.  All details regarding the entry form, prizes, and submission are posted at

For elementary students, young writers may enter one of three age categories:
  • Primary (Grades 1 to 3)
  • Junior (Grades 4 to 6)
  • Intermediate (Grades 7 to 8)

For high school students, teens may submit their poem to one of two age categories:
  • Junior Teen (Grades 9 and 10)
  • Senior Teen (Grades 11 and 12)

If you are a teacher in Canada or know of a young person who loves to write poetry, please encourage them to submit a piece (only one poem of maximum one-page length per person) by the deadline of May 30, 2018.  This is a great way to get young people in Canada writing purposefully and showcasing their burgeoning talents, with a chance to win $25 (for children) or $50 (for teens).

See you at the Festival!

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