Ontario High School Writers Wanted: Contest Deadline Feb 1

From a media release:

IFOA Ontario & Open Book: Ontario present a unique writing competition for students

TORONTO, December 2011
— The International Festival of Authors’ (IFOA) touring programme, IFOA Ontario, is proud to present Write Across Ontario, a creative writing competition for high school students across the province. The competition is generously supported by Open Book: Ontario. Students in grades 9 to 12 are encouraged to choose a story-starter provided by three of this year’s IFOA and IFOA Ontario participants, award-winning authors Ian Rankin, Johanna Skibsrud, and Miriam Toews. The story-starter is used as a place for students to begin their story, but where the story goes from there is in the hands of each individual.

• Stories should be no longer than 500 words including the story-starter. 
• One submission per student will be accepted until the contest closing date of February 1, 2012. 
• Entries will be judged by Authors at Harbourfront Centre in conjunction with Open Book: Ontario.

One winner will be chosen from each grade for a total of four (4) winners who will each receive $500 and the opportunity to have their work published online in the Open Book Magazine.

&bulll; Students can submit their entries online via writeacrossontario@harbourfrontcentre.com.

Write Across Ontario is inspired by a similar contest presented by one of the IFOA’s Word Alliance partners, the Melbourne Writers Festival. The Word Alliance is a collaboration between literary festivals around the world, which aims to present the best authors to international audiences at events around the globe.

• For complete rules, submission requirements and prizing info, visit litontour.com/write-across-ontario.

About Open Book: Ontario
Open Book: Ontario celebrates Ontario's vibrant literary scene. Open Book is committed to showcasing the outstanding range and quality of contemporary Canadian writing in Ontario. Through features and profiles, Open Book invites you to get to know the places and people connected to reading and writing in the province.

About IFOA Ontario
The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) touring programme, IFOA Ontario, partners with libraries, bookstores, universities, and community organizations across Ontario to help provide areas with access to IFOA’s world-renowned events and the Festival’s roster of best contemporary writers from around the globe.