Canadian high school students currently in grades 9 through 12 are invited to submit 1,000 - 2,000 words of literary nonfiction.

When will we find out the winners?
The winners will be announced on June 10, 2014. Check back here, follow us
on Twitter @writerstrust, or like us on Facebook at for updates. We like to post about writing contests, Canadian literary awards, and general bookish fun.

But what IS literary nonfiction?
Also referred to as creative nonfiction, the genre includes (but is not limited to) works of personal and journalistic essays, articles, memoirs, commentary, both social and political criticism, history, and biography.

If you're still wondering, try asking your English teacher for help, or read the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society's definition here.

What should I aim for?
The winning work will demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. You might want to
explore some of our past Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction finalists for inspiration. 

How much does it cost?
There is no fee to enter this contest.

When is it due?
Entries must be received or postmarked by March 31, 2014

How do I enter the contest?
You can email us your entry in .PDF format, or send it via snail mail. See our
Submit section for the details.

What if the winner can't make it to Toronto in fall 2014?
Not a problem, 
we'll find a way to recognize them nonetheless. Perhaps they could appear via Skype or film something in advance for the ceremony. Either way, we'll make it work.

Are homeschooled students eligible?
Yes, grade 9-12 Canadian students learning at home may submit to this contest.

Can talented younger students submit their writing?
We can only accept entries from Canadian students in grades 9-12.

Can I submit more than one entry?
We can only accept one piece of writing per student, so pick your best!

I have more questions, who can I contact?
Try asking your favourite English teacher for help. You can also email our program assistant, Katrina Afonso, at or call her toll free at 1 877 906-6548 x 246 with any questions.

Are there any other requirements?
Make sure to check your email often and provide us with a current phone number. To be declared a winner, you must first be reached by the Writers’ Trust within 10 business days of the selection, as well as send a photo of yourself for promotional material.

Download the complete contest guidelines:

Full Contest Guidelines

If you have any questions about this contest, please contact:

Katrina Afonso, Program Assistant
Toll Free: 1 877 906-6548 x 246






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