Youth Writing Contest

The 2016 Spreading the Word Youth Writing Contest is now open! Scroll down for complete contest rules and to enter.

Dream big and let your imagination run wild with our 2016 Youth Writing Contest! If you're a writer in grades 8-12 in British Columbia, send us your best poem or short story for a shot at these fabulous prizes: 

  • 1st prize: $300 + publication (in each category)
  • 2nd prize: $200 + publication (in each category)

Winners will have their work seen by thousands of readers on our website and in The Claremont Review, a magazine that showcases work by young writers. 

Submit your work using the form below before 5pm on Sunday, October 23, 2016. 

Contest rules:

  • The contest is open to all writers in grades 8-12 living in British Columbia
  • Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished work in each category: Poetry (any style): 500 word limit. Short Fiction: 1,500 word limit.
  • Entries will be judged blind. Please do not put your name on your story or poem in the file you have uploaded or in the file name.
  • There is a $5 CAD entry fee for each short story or poem you enter in the contest, payable online through PayPal.
  • We will accept entries in MS Word Document or PDF formats. Please use standard margins, 12-point font and double spacing.
  • Winners will be selected by a panel of professionals from the publishing and book industry.
  • Entries must be uploaded and payment confirmed by 5pm on October 23, 2016.
  • Winners will be announced by Friday, December 16, 2016.

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact us at

Submit your entry: