In September 2014 we launched our inaugural short story contest. The contest was open to all Ontario students in middle school and high school. Two prizes of an iPad mini were up for grabs, one for the middle school category and one for the high school category.
We would like to congratulate Celestial Santiago, grade 12 student at St. Edmund Campion Secondary School in Brampton, and Kaitlyn Gardiner, grade seven student at St. Julia’s CES of Mississauga, who both won the prize. Both students are from the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board – a chance coincidence.
We brought back our short story contest after a long hiatus, and we’re glad we did. Inspired by our history of community building and educational initiatives, we hoped that the contest would promote the importance of literary skills and reading.
Over the summer our team worked day and night, contacting school boards and independent schools to share the contest information. Much to our delight, we received over a hundred submissions, and some really great stories.
Our panel of five volunteer judges, Ontario teachers, read the stories anonymously. From the initial batch of stories they created a shortlist.
The final selections were close; the judges expressed that it was hard to choose between the stories on the shortlist. Winners were selected by the most number of nominations followed by the rank of their nomination.
All runners-up and honourable mentions are available on the contest webpage.
Feedback from the students and parents was great. Students loved the opportunity to try their hand at the art of writing, and many felt inspired to continue to write more.
Since Alpha Textbooks values reading as an important part of learning, we want to encourage our communities to engage with literature in every way possible. The challenge of writing stories is both thrilling and important to cognitive development. We look forward to hosting the contest for many more years.